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Celebrating Women in Construction: Kayla Welty

Celebrating Women in Construction: Kayla Welty

Kayla Welty is a project manager for our Technology Business Unit at Baker Group’s office in Cedar Rapids. She provides support and administrative help to project managers and the Technology Business Unit. She says that in project management there is something new every day.

“Some days I am in the office doing the paperwork and getting our clients questions answered. Some days I am in the field checking in on the project and where we are at in the process,” Welty says. “Other days I am on the road meeting with new people. It’s really exciting, and I love that no two days are the same.”

She says what motivates her to come to work every day is helping our clients and partners work through their security and life safety issues to find the best solution for them. Welty says luck landed her in the construction industry.

“I was lucky enough to land in the industry fresh out of college and it sucked me in,” she says.

She believes there is a great advantage to being a woman in the industry, and that is her ability to listen and understand and her compassion and empathy. Welty believes there is important change happening in the construction industry.

“I see partnerships getting stronger and people seeking expertise more than the old school low-bid mentality,” she says. “People are looking for quality and I love that.”

Working in the 380 Corridor, Welty is intent on spreading the word of who Baker Group is in Eastern Iowa.

“I think the team over here in the office and in the field is a force to be reckoned with,” she says. “As we continue to grow in this market, people should be on the lookout for Baker Group.”

Welty has some sage advice for women interested in entering the construction industry.

“Don’t let the ‘man’s world’ mentality intimidate you. You are strong, smart and good,” Welty says. “Show up every day and show those around you that you are strong enough to roll with the punches, smart enough to learn something new every day and good enough to stand shoulder to shoulder with any man in the room.”

Welty embodies our core values of Owning It and Loving What We Do by living by the quote “if we’re not growing, we’re dying” and demonstrates optimistic leadership and supporting clients for life. She is an asset to our team. Thank you for all you do Kayla!

About Baker Group

Baker Group is a commercial and industrial specialty contractor based in Ankeny, Iowa. With more than 1,000 employees, Baker Group is the Midwest’s premier full-service specialty contractor providing mechanical, industrial, sheet metal, electrical, building automation, process automation, security systems, fire alarm systems, parking/revenue controls and 24/7/365 service. For more information, call 855.262.4000 or visit www.thebakergroup.com.


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