For Kelly Braun, Kraun Electric’s CHRO and co-owner, being a woman in the construction industry was never something she questioned. She credits her mom, who worked alongside her dad in the family business for as long as Kelly can remember. Kelly thanked her mom this past Friday (November 19) in her acceptance speech for the Entrepreneur Award at the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Awards.
Kelly started the business when she was 18, along with her father and her brother. Today, Kelly remains as an owner with her business partner and Kraun’s CEO, Aaron Jones. In the construction industry especially, it is rare for a woman to be an owner. And even rarer to have been an owner since the beginning.
Kraun Electric is a full-service electrical contractor celebrating 25 years in business in 2021. The company has grown from just four employees to over 100. Over those 25 years, the number of women in the skilled trades has slowly increased, but never more so in the last few years. Braun noted this in her speech, stating, “I’ve seen more…young women applying to the trades (this past year) than I did in my 24 years prior to that, combined.”
She also added, “For young women, try it, do it, get out there. Work with your hands. Get dirty. There’s no ceiling. There are amazing jobs to be had in the construction industry.”
Kelly also lauded the talented women of Kraun Electric – both in the field and in the office. Women make up 43% of the company’s leadership team, well above the 29% global average (senior managers, Mercer, 2020). Kelly is a true inspiration for young women in the
workplace, and we are proud to have her at the helm of Kraun Electric.
The full 2021 WIBA awards show can be viewed here (Entrepreneurship Award runs at 1:38-1:42).