The Hazard Girls podcast is delighted to welcome to the show Sam Kolner, the founder of Prime Structured Cabling one of the only woman-owned construction companies in Charleston, South Carolina. After experiencing burnout in retail management, Sam took the leap of faith and transitioned into sales at a low-voltage cabling company, a business she knew next to nothing about. Sam shares the skills she used to overcome adversity and eventually start her own successful cabling company.
Sn 6 #11: Sam Kolner – From Retail Sales to Business Technology CEO
Emily received her BA in Women’s Studies and JD from Temple University. Early on, she worked as a legal advocate for women in domestic violence cases. After practicing law, Emily began working on the business side of things. She is the co-owner of AAA School of Trucking, a truck and heavy equipment safety training firm, which she has spent the last 10 years growing into a thriving national business through government and military contracting and corporate partnerships.
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Sam Kolner is the founder of Prime Structured Cabling. Prime provides low voltage and technology solutions for commercial businesses of all sizes. Prime is the only certified woman owned & led construction company in the trade in Charleston, SC. Sam leads projects in almost every business vertical- medical practices, hotels, new office buildings, distilleries, restaurants and more. Sam has over 6 years of experience in her current industry and previously spent 13 years working in retail as a leader who supported developing successful teams and creating highly profitable stores. Outside of professional leadership and a growing business portfolio, Sam spends a lot of time involved in her community giving back. She is on the board of her local chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) as well as serves as the NAWIC membership director. Sam loves to spend her free time encouraging other people in the community to donate and support nonprofits such as Hope to Home, the Salvation Army and the Charleston Animal Society. Sam is passionate about people in every area of her life, especially building the women up around her to feel empowered to follow AND achieve their dreams. Sam always goes out of her way to help in any area she can, whether it be a professional connection, an encouraging text to being a supportive ear over a coffee or glass of wine. When Sam is not wearing her business owner hat, she can likely be found relaxing with her fiancé and two feline babies (Springs & Sprocket), spending time her twin sister in Upstate, NY, on a yoga mat or cruising the waterways of Charleston on her boat.