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Privitera Biondo uses award as steppingstone to building a legacy

In 1994, Rosana Privitera Biondo prepared to take over what had been her parents’ company, Mark One Electric Co. Inc., she worried whether she would have support from employees when she assumed her new role.

Rosana Priviera Biondo addressed KCADC event in 2015.

She had consultants interview every employee. She wanted to gauge whether the male-dominated workforce would be OK working for a woman. The results surprised her.

“The report I got back was pretty amazing,” she said. “A lot of the superintendents and the men in the field, and some women, believed that I could do the job because they had worked with me and knew I had passion for the company, knew I was forward thinking and knew I would take them down a good path. Those same people work for me today.”

Since she took over as president, Mark One has built a market dominance. It has become the go-to company for Kansas City’s biggest and most prominent projects, including the streetcar, Cerner’s Innovations Campus, Sprint Center, Arrowhead Stadium, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

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