Kristen Betty, president and founder of Bellevue-construction management firm KBA Inc., started her business 15 years ago because she wanted to set her own hours and be her own boss.
"You can save a contractor a million dollars, but you don't see any benefit of that when you are a staff engineer," said Betty
hung out her
own shingle -- and as most business owners can attest -- began working harder than ever.
"The likelihood that you can knock on doors and say, 'Hi, I'm Kris, I don't have any employees and you don't know me, but I'd like you to let me help you manage your project,' -- It's not a good business model," she
first real client was Weyerhaeuser, which trusted her
to manage a $120 million portion of the Snoqualmie Ridge Project, she
Betty's reputation has allowed her
to grow her
firm to 80 employees.