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In our June Women In PHCP spotlight, we introduce you to Andrea Nelson, CEO and president of Precision Plumbing Heating Cooling & Electric, a family-owned business based out of Boulder, Colorado, with a focus on the local community.
"Andrea has taken over the company within the past few years, and she is the best boss we could ever have," said Shelbey Hanson, marketing director for Precision Plumbing Heating Cooling & Electric. "She has elevated our company to a higher level of service by her standards and hard work."
PHCPPros: How and why did you decide to enter a career in the PHCP industry?
Nelson: It is a family-owned and operated business. I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps as he is my mentor in life. Being able to carry out the legacy of the company in a second generation is an honor.
PHCPPros: What have been some of your career highlights?
Nelson: Working my way up through the company to taking over has been my ultimate career accomplishment. I have been in every position within the company to be aware of what every single job entails. Another career highlight would be cultivating a company culture that focuses on empowering each employee and focusing on the local community.
PHCPPros: What are your thoughts on mentorship for women?
Nelson: Throughout the years, a few women have given me great advice within the industry. I tend to turn to recommended books, whether that is about running a business or working on personal growth. I admire being a mentor for others in the industry since there aren’t many out there.
The opportunity to be in a better practice organization has allowed me to make women mentors that have paved the way for other women. I have also had a few recent opportunities to be a part of female-led panels. I am always willing to answer any questions about being a female in a heavily male-dominated industry.
PHCPPros: What do you think the PHCP industry can do to better recruit and retain women?
Nelson: I think there is a stigma with the home services industry of not being very glamorous. If companies focus on highlighting the benefits and the customer service and human interaction of the industry, it will help recruit and retain women.
PHCPPros: Is there anything from your personal life that you would like to highlight?
Nelson: I love the opportunity to break the stigma that having a family and a career is hard. I have made my work-life balance work for me. I have my family that is my No. 1 priority; however, my family understands that sometimes the work will interfere with family stuff. It is about understanding from all sides.
Do you know someone you would like to nominate for our Women In PHCP newsletter series? Email PHCPPros Digital Strategy Manager Nicole Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org!