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Connico’s Success is A

Dream Come True By American DBE Staff

Connie Gowder, CEO of Connico Incorporated, has demonstrated that dreams can come true for those able to provide a high-quality product, build lasting relationships with customers, and stay the course during difficult times.

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very entrepreneur begins his or her venture with the dream of turning an idea into a successful enterprise that is valued by customers in the marketplace. However, the dream only becomes a reality through the skill, performance and perseverance of the owner in navigating the challenging business landscape to carve out their place in the industry. After 27 years in business, Connie Gowder, CEO of Connico Incorporated, has demonstrated that dreams can come true for those able to provide a high-quality product, build lasting relationships with customers, and stay the course during difficult times. Although she always wanted to own her own company, Gowder started Connico Incorporated in Nashville, Tennessee in 1990 after she could not find employment during a downturn in the construction industry. Gowder said, “Twenty-seven years ago I was looking for employment in Nashville and the market was

flat. It was a downturn market in 1990, so I decided to go it alone and start my own business, thinking I would do what I did when I lived in Atlanta.” Gowder had accumulated extensive experience in providing cost estimating and cost planning for commercial construction projects, but she soon found out that the Nashville market was different than the Atlanta market. Architects and engineering firms in Nashville rarely hired consultants for cost estimating services on projects. However, after some time, she landed her first contract on an aviation project at the Nashville International Airport, and soon after landed a second aviation contract at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport that launched Connico on the road to success. “I worked on the Nashville project and hired David Hunley to lead our two-year project in Cincinnati; and 25 years later, he is still with us. David is my vice president and business partner running the Cincinnati office,” Gowder said.

American DBE Magazine - Spring 2017  

American DBE Magazine is a quarterly digital and print publication dedicated to increasing business diversity and inclusion in the transport...

American DBE Magazine - Spring 2017  

American DBE Magazine is a quarterly digital and print publication dedicated to increasing business diversity and inclusion in the transport...