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Commanding respect as a high-powered woman—in construction

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Anne Marie Almasi
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Do you remember your first day at your first real job? I do. I was working for a magazine publishing company in Fort Lauderdale, and I was beyond nervous. But it was a cushy desk job in an office full of women around my age who were more than happy to take me out to lunch and show me the ropes.

Anne Marie Almasi, on the other hand, started her career in the construction industry when she was 20 years old—and nine months pregnant. Yes, could-go-into-labor-at-any-moment pregnant. And this was nearly 40 years ago, when construction was considered strictly men's work.

That was then. Now, Almasi is president of her own company specializing in site remediation and utility installation, among other services. She knows her stuff, and she commands respect. She's also not afraid to kick back against a dirt-covered crane in lipstick, pearls and a bright red dress.

Here's the profile I wrote about Almasi and her rise through the construction industry.

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