I had the opportunity to attend the National Craft Championships for Associated Builders and Contractors in Ft Lauderdale last week. There were close to 200 craft competitors in addition to a competition for Craft Instructor of the Year and Craft Professional of the Year. But the highlight of my week was watching the Craft Professional of the Year get named. That person was Holley Thomas of KBR. What a great way to end Women in Construction week.
Holley is a welder—not just any welder—she is a structural welder, pipe welder and a certified welding inspector by the American Welding Society. And she is a teacher, a mentor, a manager and a leader. She is an inspiration.
In 2010, she competed in the ABC National Craft Championships and won gold medal in structural welding. She was the first women to place in this event. Holley is leaving footprints in our industry and not just for other women to follow. She is a mentor to many; from women and men who work with her at KBR to 8th and 9th graders in summer training camps for careers in construction.
Holley is one of the many faces of our construction industry and one that I will never forget.
And I will be sharing her story as I have the opportunity this year.