“We are all in this together and working together in unison makes all the difference in providing a better future for generations to come!”

– Erin Catania, Director of Business Development, Alair Homes Solon.

 

March 8 is International Women’s Day. For over a century, it’s been a day to celebrate women’s rights and equality. In honor of this day, we are proud to profile some of the trailblazing women in our Alair Homes Ohio family and also highlight the changing role of women in construction and those making their mark in one of our country’s most important industries.

In addition to shining a light on these hard-working women, we are proud to announce our commitment to bring equal gender representation into the skilled trades through sponsoring a local Ohio Women in Trades association’s programming. Specific details will be shared soon in our exact contribution to support the organization’s mission, but we could not be more excited to be teaming up to officially lead more women into careers in construction.

According to a recent 2021 article on BigRents.com, “Of all the people working in construction, women comprise only 10.3 percent. Even smaller is the number of women on the front lines of a job site—only one for every 100 employees in the field. Considering that women make up 47 percent of all employed individuals, this means that the construction industry is only benefitting from about 1.25 percent of women in the workforce.” To learn more click here.

Empowered women empower women.

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Nadia Mullin, is the Office Manager at Alair Homes Cuyahoga Falls, and has been for eight months. Her educational background is a Bachelor of Arts.

Nadia-Mullin

What inspired you to get into the world of home building?

It wasn’t a conscious choice. I didn’t set out for a career in the construction industry. In fact, I never thought I’d be working in this industry at all but now that I am, I love it. It’s really exciting to watch an idea or design become a reality. I’m still awestruck each time I visit a completed home!

As a whole, we have come a long way in equality for women in the workplace in respect to cultural, societal trends and differences over the years, but what do you still think is missing when it comes to bringing equal gender representation in the skilled trades (primarily but not exclusively, in constructions trades)?

I think trade industries and opportunities within those industries have really been devalued as a whole over the last few decades and as a result there is a significant labor shortage. Despite this, very little effort is being made to recruit women into these roles; there is talk of inclusivity and diversity but not real tangible progress. A wide-spread recognition of the value of diversity in the trade-based work force is still missing.

What is your favourite part about working with Alair/in this industry? And is there something you wish could change at Alair on that matter, or in general?

The culture at Alair is highly collaborative. We work together across offices and regions to support one another. There is very much a belief that what’s good for one of us is good for all of us. That collaborative, team oriented, ‘rising tides’ attitude carries over into our relationships with our clients and our trades. It’s an incredibly refreshing environment to work in and, I think, it’s the key to our successfully building incredible custom homes that our clients love.

SOLON

Erin Catania, just started as the Director of Business Development at Alair Solon, but has been in the industry for 10 years. She is a licenced Realtor BA & Med.

Welcome, to the Alair Homes Ohio Family, Erin!

What inspired you to get into the world of home building?

I always had a love of real estate and design. New construction home building was always an interest of mine and quickly became my passion when I started in the industry 10 years ago. First with a nationwide trac builder, then with a semi-custom builder and then moved into large multifamily commercial projects. I love all things real estate and I am very excited to be working in the custom remodeling and new custom homes arena.

Did being a woman, ever deter you from considering a career in construction/trades/design/home building management? If yes, please explain your thoughts and feelings as to why that was and how you overcame such ‘stigma’ (if you agree there is one) to proceed through with this industry?

I feel there is still a divide among the sales side and the trades/ remodeling sides. Which is a large part of why I wanted to work in the custom remodeling industry. It not only is an amazing challenge to learn more about, but also helps bridge that gender gap which is so exciting to be a part of!

As a whole, we have come a long way in equality for women in the workplace in respect to cultural, societal trends and differences over the years, but what do you still think is missing when it comes to bringing equal gender representation in the skilled trades (primarily but not exclusively, in constructions trades)?

I feel having the understanding that women can really do anything a man can do and continually having opportunities available for women to not only learn the trades, but for companies to also hire for positions with that equality mentality will help bridge the gap even closer to equal gender representation in the workforce.

What is your favourite part about working with Alair/in this industry? And is there something you wish could change at Alair on that matter, or in general?

I just started with the company but have been following along with their journey and purpose of making people lives better. It’s such an amazing company and the people here genuinely care about their work, the values of the company, their colleagues and most importantly the client. I wouldn’t change a thing!

What is something you would like to share with other women considering this line of work? And what is something you would like to share with other men to ensure inclusivity in the workplace?

As Nike says, “Just do it!” Let nothing stand in your way of what makes you happy, your passion and your purpose. I would share with the men in this industry that respect and communication from both sides goes along way. As long as there is mutual respect & open communication, then everything will fall into place. We are all in this together and working together in unison makes all the difference in providing a better future for generations to come!

 

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