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In observance of Women in Construction Week (March 3-9,2024) Guardian Roofing, Gutters & Insulation is proud to show their appreciation of CEO Lori Swanson. In 2023, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that only 10.8% of construction workers in the United States are women. In 2005, Swanson boldly entered the male-dominated construction industry by founding Guardian Roofing and Gutters.

Reflecting on her journey, Swanson expressed gratitude for the inspiring initiatives of women in the industry. She emphasized the increasing support and opportunities available to women in construction. Swanson aims to inspire others like her to pursue rewarding careers in this vital industry where about 13% of all construction companies are now owned by women, a 94% increase since 2007.

Growing up in a family of roofing contractors, Swanson's passion for the field was ignited early. She pursued the roofing profession during high school and college which prepared her with invaluable experience. From learning the intricacies of roofing to understanding the industry's challenges and opportunities for women, Swanson gained a comprehensive perspective.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Saint Martin’s College, Swanson devoted herself full-time to the family roofing business. Her diverse roles, from working on roofing crews to serving as Office Manager and later Vice-President of Thompson Roofing, equipped her for leadership. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Roofing Contractor’s Association for a 3-year term.

In 2005, Swanson, alongside her husband Matt Swanson, founded Guardian Roofing and Gutters, LLC, driven by her passion for the industry and commitment to serving the community. As Guardian Roofing and Gutters approaches its 20th anniversary, Swanson celebrates the company's growth and impact on the Pacific Northwest community and the construction industry as a whole. 

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