A local concrete contractor appointed its first female vice president.
Grand Rapids-based Kent Companies said this week that it promoted Leah Gradl to vice president of support operations.
Gradl will oversee the marketing, safety, human resources, training/education and IT divisions nationwide.
She is the first female VP for the organization.
“Leah has a long track record of collaborating with cross-functional teams across all Kent Companies’ offices,” Kent Companies CEO Jeff VanderLaan said. “With her leadership, we’re driving for alignment and efficiency across our support divisions, ensuring we provide the greatest impact to our team members, our operating divisions and ultimately to our customers.”
Gradl joined Kent Companies in 2011 in a consulting role.
As corporate marketing manager, she oversaw the organization’s national rebranding in 2013.
Over the years, Gradl has championed new technology platforms, employee engagement initiatives, business development resources and community stewardship.
“Kent Companies is doing all the right things to position our people, our customers and our community for success,” she said. “Our support teams are fully committed to equipping our front lines with the resources they need to build safely, efficiently and with purpose.”
Prior to Kent Companies, Gradl was principal with Thrive Business Development. Before that, she was a local sales manager with Clear Channel Communications.
Gradl holds a Bachelor of Arts in management and marketing from Wittenberg University and a Master of Business Administration in management and marketing of new technology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Founded in 1957, Kent Companies is a third-generation family-owned concrete construction business with expertise in commercial and industrial projects, mixed-use construction, multifamily housing, tilt-up concrete, post-tensioned cast in place structures and other concrete-related specialties.
In addition to its local headquarters, Kent Companies has operations in Detroit; Dallas; Austin, Texas; central Ohio; Charlotte, North Carolina; and St. Louis, Missouri.
Kent Companies employs over 1,500 people nationwide.