|Gayle Ayers, Ph.D., CEO, CREW Network and Tara Kramer|
Written by Jodi Prentice, Jones Lang LaSalle
We would like to congratulate Tara Kramer with RiKy Roofing for being bestowed with the very prestigious CREW Network Impact Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit! She certainly embodies everything that is required for taking risks and doing so very successfully…all the while being a busy single mom of two boys!
CREW (Commercial Real Estate Woman) Network was founded in 1989 and is the real estate industry's premier business networking organization dedicated to advancing the achievements of women in commercial real estate. 9,000 CREW Network members represent nearly every discipline within the industry and are located in over 70 major markets across North America. CREW seeks to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by focusing on fulfilling four key initiatives: business development, leadership development, industry research and career outreach. Each year, CREW Network honors up to two individuals, groups, chapters, or companies within each recognition category (Member-to-Member Business, Economic and Community Improvement, Career Advancement for Women, Entrepreneurial Spirit) whose achievements are considered exceptional.
The award that Tara received called The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award honors a CREW member who has achieved a unique career success or milestone in the past 24 months as the result of an exceptional entrepreneurial spirit. This person is often a risk taker and is willing to step outside the box to create something new or different. They provide services, develop products, or improve practices by innovatively organizing, developing, or deploying available resources, either within their own company or a larger organization.
Tara started Ri Ky Roofing – named after her two sons, Riley and Kyle – in 2007 during a struggling economy. Last year, when many companies were either still downsizing or holding the line on hiring, she purchased a commercial sheet metal shop that was closing its doors. The move allowed her to provide a single source warranty for commercial roofing, sheet metal and solar installations to her private clients who own or manage buildings, as well as her new construction clients.
Through her persistence and hard work, Ri Ki Roofing now has six offices nationwide with additional offices planned in the future. In addition, she holds multistate and federal certifications as a women’s business enterprise and as a woman-owned small business – and Ri Ky is the only WBE to offer these services in the United States.
Tara serves on the board for the Pacific Northwest chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, educating female high school graduates on apprenticeship programs and jobs in the trades that are available to them. She also serves on the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce National Council for the 8(m) Woman Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, which sets aside projects in federal government for woman-owned companies.
Earlier this year, Tara was also honored by the Portland Business Journal with an Orchid Award as “Oregon’s Top Woman Entrepreneur."