|By: Katie Mayer
President of Forrest Anderson Plumbing and Air Conditioning Audrey Monell knows firsthand the challenges women can face in the construction industry.
When she became the president of her more than 65-year-old family-business, Monell was repeatedly told the success rate of a family business is almost non-existent by the third generation, but she knew that “was criticism rooted in sexism.”
“Instead of listening to critics who refused to look past my gender, I accepted the challenge and succeeded,” Monell said. “The smartest decision I made was to ignore pessimists who didn’t think I could succeed as president because I was a woman.”