Barbara Kavovit
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Barbara Kavovit

Barbara Kavovit, aka Barbara K, New York native, construction trailblazer and women’s tool creator founded one of the first NYC General Contracting and Construction Management firms. Growing up in the Bronx and by the time she was nine years old, Barbara’s father instilled in her a passion for building and encouraged her to hold a hammer, instead of a Barbie doll. He gently insisted that together they build the bunk beds she and her sister Caryn shared as children. After graduating from SUNY Oswego with a BS degree in Finance, she founded and became CEO of Anchor Construction, one of the fastest growing woman-owned Construction Companies in New York City. Being shut out of the old-boys’ network, Barbara realized she had to fight hard to build her own in the testosterone-heavy construction field, quickly becoming Crain’s “100 Most Influential Women In Business” by the time she was 30. Barbara was a rarity and forged ahead, overcoming countless gender biases and shattering many glass ceilings. This led to her next business and brand, barbara k!, the super successful line of ergonomically designed tools and kits created to empower women. These products were sold in every retailer across America including Bed Bath & Beyond, The Home Depot, Target and Walmart. Barbara is currently the CEO of Manhattan-based Evergreen Construction, a General Contracting and Construction Management company named after the street her Father grew up on in the Bronx. Evergreen works on high profile and many cutting-edge corporate, retail and infrastructure projects including the Hyatt Corporation, Bandier, Bionic Solution, Exhale Spas, JLL as well as many others. Barbara has appeared on Good Morning America and The Today Show as well as countless other shows. Formerly a New York Post columnist for six years, she authored two books, “Room For Improvement” and “Invest in Your Nest” (Rodale Press 2005, 2006) and contributor to the Commercial Observer. She has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, US Magazine House Beautiful, USA Today, O-The Oprah Magazine. Barbara will appear this Spring as a full-time member of the cast in season 11 of Real Housewives of New York airing in March.

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