Adaptability, Passion for Knowledge Her Advice for Women in Construction
Over the past eleven years, Alyson Nahrup has made a name for herself in the fire protection industry. As the accounting controller of ABCO’s Installation Division, she holds a position of responsibility and respect within our organization, and has a track record of proven dedication to our business. In 2010, she started her own fire protection company called Anox Fire Protection Services, which merged with ABCO a few years ago. Nahrup is currently involved in ABCO’s Women’s Leadership Council, takes an active role in company charity events, and participates in the Ohio Chapter of the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA).
This month, the AFSA’s publication Sprinkler Age featured Alyson and other women of fire protection in their piece “A Woman’s Perspective.” The article shared insights from some of the women who represent less than 10% of the workers in the construction industry as a whole. Perpetually positive in attitude, Alyson acknowledged some of the difficulties she faced when entering this heavily male business, but quickly noted how she moved past them.
“It may take longer to gain the respect of others, especially those who have experience,” Nahrup told Sprinkler Age of her early days in the business. “However, if you stay persistent in wanting to learn and constantly take every opportunity to educate yourself, you will find yourself experiencing the pros of being a woman in the industry. Men and other women will begin to have respect for you based on the drive you have to learn the business.”
Alyson is just one of many women who are vital to the success of ABCO Fire, and—especially during Women’s History Month—we feel it’s important to acknowledge the key role they play in making ABCO a great place to work. Serving our company and our communities as fire protection technicians, service reps, accountants, salespeople, and managers, women help lead our business to the forefront of our industry.
To read more about the experiences of Alyson and other women in our industry, visit SprinklerAge.com for the full article.