Huntsvillian Leah Gradl has been named the first female vice president in the history of Kent Companies.
Gradl was recently promoted to vice president of Support Operations. She will oversee the Marketing, Safety, Human Resources, Training/Education and IT divisions nationwide.
“Leah has a long track record of collaborating with cross functional teams across all Kent Companies offices,” said Kent CEO Jeff VanderLaan. “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 in 2011 in a consulting role. As corporate marketing manager, she oversaw the organization’s national rebranding 2013. Gradl champions 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,” Gradl said. “Our support teams are fully committed to equipping our front lines with the resources they need to build safely, efficiently and with purpose.”
Gradl holds an MBA from the University of Alabama-Huntsville and a bachelor’s in management from Wittenberg University. She supports Kent’s operations across nine offices nationwide.
Michigan-based Kent Companies is a third-generation, family-owned business with expertise in commercial and industrial construction, mixed-use construction, multifamily housing, tilt-up concrete, post-tensioned cast in place structures and a full range of concrete-related specialties.