Mandy Rennehan was born and raised in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and came from very humble beginnings. The daughter of a lobster fisherman, her family of six faced many challenges including growing up in a community that relied on a seasonal fishing industry. Many times, her parents struggled to put food on the table. This motivated her to strive for a different life with fewer financial hardships. While other kids were busy playing being kids, Mandy was foraging for bait and selling it to the local fishermen for profit. Dubbed the ‘local fish broker,’ an entrepreneurial visionary was born at the age of 10.
Mandy left home at the age of 18 with a dirty hockey bag, a little bit of personality and a big smile. She had a desire to know more about construction and to make her parents lives easier. She began working nights for local contractors for free to gain experience.
In 1995 when she was 19 years old, Freshco came to fruition. The first full service, 24/7, on-call retail maintenance provider with complete coverage across Canada and the eastern United States. Today, Freshco is the most successful and fiscally responsible retail maintenance business in the country with three collaborative divisions – Maintenance, Projects, and Reconstruction, serving retail giants like Anthropologie, Apple, Banana Republic, Bell Media, Home Depot, LuluLemon, Nike, Restoration Hardware, RBC, Sephora, under armor, Tiffany & Co., plus many more.
Freshco.ca (not the grocery store!!) still continues to grow in Canada and the US as the “fun company” in the industry, advocating for women in trades and also as a pioneer of transparency and innovation.
It’s time we STOP thinking about blue collar jobs and skilled trades as “second class.” A healthy economy depends on a thriving blue collar labour force–so let’s start building it.
The notion that the “smart kids” go to university or college and “the rest” go to trade school is unfair and outdated. As a result, we are experiencing a massive skilled trade shortage throughout North America.
The sad fact is folks, because of this very real, very unfair PERCEPTION, our sexy trade schools are not even close to full, because why would anybody want to enrol and be perceived as a second class citizen? I’m here to change all that.
I am Mandy Rennehan and my mission is to change the answer to “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
SHE’S SO INCREDIBLE AND A LEADER FOR WOMEN LIKE ME. SO FULL OF INSPIRATION AND PASSION!
#WOMEN IN TRADES #INSPIRED #MANDYRENNEHAN
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