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Tarah Harpstreith Named President of National Association of Women in Construction- Metro Denver Chapter

Oct. 1, 2008 (DENVER)—Tarah Harpstreith, construction project manager for Denver-based Magnolia Hotels, was recently named the president of the National Association of Women in Construction- Metro Denver Chapter.

"I am excited to be president of NAWIC-Denver," said Harpstreith. "The new board of directors is a group of energetic young women that are looking forward to a successful year."

Harpstreith joined Magnolia Hotels in 2007 to oversee construction and remodeling projects at both newly acquired Magnolia hotels and existing Magnolia hotels. She previously served as manager of business development for the Weitz Company in Denver. Her experience also includes serving as assistant purchasing manager for Metropolitan Builders and assistant project manager for Maxwell Construction, both of Denver. Harpstreith also has served as project manager and project engineer on several large-scale construction projects throughout Colorado.

Harpstreith holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering with an emphasis in Construction Management from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was the founding president of the Architectural Engineering Institute, where she organized the first national AEI Conference for students and professionals.

Since its founding in 1953, NAWIC, an international non-profit organization, has grown to more than 179 chapters with a membership of 5,500 women. NAWIC has advanced the causes of all women in construction whose careers range from business ownership to the skilled trades. With almost 900,000 women working in construction today, the industry is becoming more accepting of their non-traditional roles.

Over the years, the cause of NAWIC has stayed the same: To enhance the success of women in the construction industry. NAWIC has many education opportunities: For children - to explore and open their minds to the possibilities construction offers as a career choice; For Adults - to further their careers with certification courses. The Foundation’s award-winning Block-Kids program, Building Design Program and the CAD/Design/Drafting Scholarship Awards competitions introduce students to careers and opportunities in construction. Since its founding, the NAWIC Founders’ Scholarship Foundation (NFSF) and NAWIC chapters nationwide have awarded more than $4 million in scholarships to students pursuing construction-related studies. NAWIC provides education, networking, legislative awareness, industry and community involvement, personal growth and development and lasting friendships. NAWIC is the voice of women in construction.

The Magnolia hotels are upscale boutique hotels catering to the sophisticated traveler, operated by Denver-based Magnolia Hotels, a privately held hotel management and development company. The company focuses on development, management, acquisition, re-branding, new construction and conversion of existing independent hotel properties. The core product line consists of award-winning, independent boutique hotels that offer a comfort, personality and style unlike that of trendy or branded hotels. Stylish interiors are designed with local flair. Comfort is fashioned through warm personal spaces such as signature Club rooms and restful suites. The company currently operates Magnolia hotels in Denver, Dallas, Houston and Omaha and is exploring other markets for additional growth opportunities.  Magnolia Hotels also is actively seeking to acquire new hotel management contracts. For more information, visit

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