Running a company on any given day is not easy. But just imagine running multiple companies with the everyday challenges this economy is bringing. That takes energy, imagination, and a lot of guts.
Kimberly Remmereid does it with a knack for understanding both people and the industry. She has made her companies successful by thoroughly knowing her industry and her employees' abilities. And she also is good at recognizing niche markets.
Remmereid is involved in three companies, all based in Omaha, Neb. She was president of, and remains involved with, CYC Constructions Inc., a commercial construction contractor. She is founder and president of KimCon Inc., her most recent venture, which provides rebar and reinforcing installation for commercial, structural, civil, and industrial projects. Another company she founded and heads is Remcon, which provides precast and structural steel erection, along with finished carpentry.
It's a lot for one person to cover. Remmereid has worked in the industry for more than 19 years in management and human resources and and has seen what the industry's needs are and how her employees can meet those needs.
To be successful, she tries to work closely with every client on all of their projects. She calls it “forming a virtual partnership.” Remmereid believes the individual attention to details will ensure that all of her clients' expectations are met. She hopes that philosophy will guide them through these turbulent times.
So far, her attention to her clients through tight partnerships has paid off. In November, a new joint headquarters opened for CYC Construction and Remcon. It's a win-win situation. “Employee morale reached an all-time high as we completed this new facility,” says Shelly Jochim, operations and business development director. “We anticipate the companies' enhanced in-house technology will help employees produce results and reach goals even more quickly.”
Helping the employees do their job better displays Remmereid's human resources instincts while she is still benefiting her clients—a good return in today's volatile market.
For Remmereid, keeping up on trends in management and construction is done the old fashioned way—by meeting and networking with others in the industry. There really isn't a better way.
She belongs to many organizations and associations in human resources and construction, including the National Association of Women in Construction. There, women from all phases of construction can meet and discuss how to face various challenges.
Although Remmereid has proven through her success that a woman in the construction industry can succeed, every bit of advice helps. Not to mention she can inspire others along the way.
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