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Women Who Achieve: Dawn Gunning

As an increasing number of women choose to build their careers in the construction industry, Dawn Gunning says that the industry chose her.

Dawn had leveraged her communications degree and administrative experience (both acquired at the University of Pittsburgh) into a software training and employee development position with a prominent telecommunications firm when her dad, Jerry Kaelin, asked her to come manage the finances of his two-year-old company, American Boiler & Chimney (AB&C). Although this wasn’t Dawn’s area of expertise, nor her chosen field, she took the leap based on her faith in her father and herself. It was a good call, she says.

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