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CONSTRUCTION EXECUTIVE | SEPTEMBER 2016 28 Now retired but still highly invested in industry menArmy Corps of Engineers contracts, and is bonded for torship and community service, Garrity has sage words projects up to $50 million. of advice for others seeking to be construction industry "Barriers? In my head I don't see them. I know some leaders: "Try to make a difference. Be authentic. Focus say they're there, but I don't see them. I wouldn't have on a result. If you want to be a leader, the essence of that started a company if I didn't know I could succeed," is to be of service. To be a leader isn't being at the front Bonilla says. of the line; sometimes it's helping someone else move to Bonilla gained her heart and passion for the industry the front of the line." from her father, an engineer. She followed in his footWomen business leaders at ABC and throughout steps to earn her bachelor's degree in civil engineering the industry will agree, there is no one path to the and her master's degree in construction management. top. Garrity, who comes from a small family business Post-graduation, she gained experience by working for background, majored in history. Her first job after several multimillion-dollar construction firms, followed college happened to be an entry-level position with a by becoming the head of a Fort Lauderdale division, homebuilders' association in Chicago. "It was serendipfocusing on government work. itous," she says. "It turned out that I liked working with As the recession hit, Bonilla was juggling the demands contractors and I liked of being a single mother the association manageas well as driving long ment business." In 1980, distances to get to after gaining leadership scarcer jobs, when she experience, she moved to had an "aha" moment. Seattle and began volunShe decided that going teering for ABC's newly into business for herself formed local chapter. would be her true path In 1983, Garrity to achieving professtepped up to the helm sional fulfillment while "We have a lot of emotional as chapter president and spending more time during her decades of with her children. "I put intelligence and intuition. service, she significantly it in God's hands, and We often can read personal advanced the region's contwo days later, I won a struction career training relationships better, and we can yearlong contract with opportunities and political the U.S. Department of be in tune to solve problems." advocacy efforts by buildAgriculture. This coning relationships with the tract, as well as another -Kathleen Garritystate's labor department, project with the U.S. Air contractors small and Force, gave me enough large, and countless industry experts and educators. revenue for my partner to come on board so we could "There are advantages to being a woman in business, expand the business." and it's valuable to be aware of them," she says. "We have Bonilla's partner, Emilio Criado, started his career a lot of emotional intelligence and intuition. We often in the field as a laborer and then a superintendent, can read personal relationships better, and we can be in and now handles Lunacon's operations, while Bonilla tune to solve problems. Construction is a team sport, handles the business development, project management and everyone has a part to play. The way to gain respect and finance roles. is to help achieve the end goal," she says. Bonilla committed to building a positive and polished company image from the very start. Rather than A SMALL BUSINESS STANDOUT meet in her garage, she'd invite clients and business Patricia Bonilla, another standout construction leader, partners to meet at a coffee shop for an initial converfounded Lunacon Construction Company, Palmetto sation. Eventually, she began to bring surety bonding Bay, Fla., in 2007 at a time when the chips were stacked agents and bankers to visit her small garage office to high against construction entrepreneurs. The company, show them where the real work was happening. In a which began in Bonilla's garage, today supports nearly short period of time, she sought out every certification 50 employees, multiple federal government and U.S. she could get: DBE, GSA, MBE, SBE, 8(a) SDB, WBE http://www.lunaconcorp.com/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Executive - September 2016

Industry Insider
In Brief
Washington Update
Construction Markets
Risk
Safety
Workforce
No Bounds to Success
Special Section: Construction Technology
Business Development
Community Outreach
Viewpoints
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