Here at Rufty Homes, we’re proud to have so many hardworking women on our team.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we interviewed Kelly Nicholson, our Business Manager, to learn more about the work she does on our team and within the community.
It’s a very humbling experience to be in a leadership role because I get a chance to help everyone learn and grow in their positions. There’s a balance I have to strike between being encouraging and supportive and holding people accountable when necessary. It’s a wonderful position to be in, surrounded by an amazing team that has my back just as much as I have theirs.
Working in a primarily male-dominated industry, just earning respect on the job site has been really rewarding. It didn’t take long for project managers to call me up to get my opinion on things or ask me to come out to a job site to look at something with them. That realization that they respect my skillset felt really good.
Also, being in a leadership position, I consider it to be a huge success when employees come to me and tell me how much they love their job and coming into work every day. To me, that’s the ultimate compliment.
Community involvement is an important part of my life. Currently, I’m a member of the North Carolina Association of CPAs, the Raleigh Wake Home Builders Association, and I’m on the St. Jude planning committee, helping to plan the 2020 Walk/Run Triangle event in the fall.
I’m also actively involved in my church. I lead Bible study group ministries and volunteer in the nursery, but my real passion is participating in mission work. My husband and I work with a missionary out of Kansas that consists of a doctor and his wife, who’s an RN. We go with them on medical missions around the world, and I help people get fitted for glasses, and work as a pharmacy technician.
My background in accounting has actually proved to be a great asset for that because it turns out the level of detail and accuracy needed in accounting translates really well to pharmacy work! I’ve also been trained on how to figure out a person’s vision prescription and then find them a pair of glasses that will work for them.
And, I’m also part of the Jolly Raleigh Klown Alley, working as Twinkles the Clown in local parades, on mission trips with my church, and occasionally corporate events, using any donations I make from clowning to go toward my mission funds for future trips.
Find what you’re passionate about and don’t think that the known path is the only path there is. For example, I’m a CPA, but now here I am working at a construction company, overseeing production, working at a job I love. There are a lot of opportunities available, but sometimes you just have to think outside the box to find the right fit for you.
Check out the photo gallery from Kelly's mission trips and clowning adventures below!
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“It truly is the home of our dreams. It’s where we spend time together, make memories with our kids and grandchildren, and fulfill our life’s passions. I can’t recommend the Rufty Homes team enough if you’re looking for your own forever home.”
- Frank & Barbara
“Of course we’ll be working with Rufty again on all of our future projects, including a fourth home on the property for our youngest daughter, when she’s ready.”
- Danny & Renate
“There was never a question that they were putting our needs first and they were always honest with us. At one point in the building process, we talked in-depth about reconfiguring the layout of the home to change the orientation of the garage. Jon was upfront with us and told us they’d absolutely do it if we wanted, but he warned us that lumber prices were starting to go up, which could impact the project.”
- Chad & Caroline
“We put a lot of time and thought into designing our home, and it was important to us that we could find a builder that would support our vision, while also helping us make smart design decisions. After our first meeting with Rufty Homes, it was clear that they understood our goals and were on board some of the more unique aspects that were important to us.”
- Bill & Donna