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Linda Vos-Graham oversees glass growth
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During eight of the past 10 years, Vos Glass has earned awards of excellence for its many technical and high-profile commercial glazing projects, while growing its retail business under the leadership of Linda Vos-Graham.
President since 2002, Vos-Graham has nearly tripled the size of the full-service commercial and retail glass company in Grand Rapids, and she expects the 60-person company to gross sales of over $12 million in 2013-2014.
An industry leader
Vos-Graham’s innovative leadership in a traditionally male-dominated field has brought her company success, despite working in an industry heavily impacted by the recession.
Her achievements merited recognition last year as a "Top Women Owned Business" by GRBJ and a spot as one of the "Top Ten Women Owned Glazing Contractors in the Country" from U.S. Glass Magazine. In 2013, she became the first female inducted into Michigan Construction Hall of Fame.
Vos-Graham was also the first female president of the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan, elected by her mostly male peers. She recently finished her term as the group’s president and has gone on to help fund the first construction-subcontractor scholarship endowment.
She previously served on the board of the Associated Builders and Contractors of West Michigan and was the founding president of the Michigan Glass Association, where she successfully led a 10-year advocacy effort for legislation to ban insurance companies restricting consumer choice for their auto glass repairs.
Her company also donated several thousand pounds of scrap and cutoff glass to help build the 2011 top 10 ArtPrize entry “Metaphorest.”