Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) member Diane Dalman, president of Construction Recruiters America Staffing, Inc. (www.crastaffing.com), is a petite dynamo. Fueled by determination, market savvy, charm and integrity, she has built a multi-million dollar enterprise from scratch in less than 10 years.
Her national skilled trade staffing agency provides licensed/unlicensed journeyman electricians, millwrights, mechanical semi-skilled, baggage un-jammers/testers and warehouse personnel to long-term projects or for temporary work.
"I started by helping to staff one construction project building baggage conveyor systems at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona," she recalls.
After working for a staffing agency for several years, Dalman stepped out on her own in 2005. "It was frightening," she admits, "but I was determined to provide jobs for carefully vetted workers who would put money back into their community."
"I wanted them to be able to feed their families with jobs close to home," she adds.
For the next ten years Dalman traveled all over the country growing her business. She visits worksites regularly to be sure that things are going smoothly. "I always bring pizza and chocolate chip cookies to the sites," the 5'3' blonde says with a smile. "The workers appreciate that. They call me 'Boss Lady'."
Her company is DBE/WBE certified in 37 markets, and she credits AMAC with helping her network with major airport contractors at the numerous conferences and events the organization sponsors. "The AMAC "Meet and Greets" were extremely valuable in putting me in contact with companies eager to do business with DBEs," she says.
In 2005 her company brought in $259,000, she says. That number has grown to an expected $5.6 million by the end of 2015. "And the business is completely run by women," she says proudly.
In addition to work at more than 24 airports across the United States, her client list now includes UPS, FedEx, Zulilly, Amazon, Pepsi, Tropicana and Urban Outfitters, among others.