Jennifer Keida, owner of JRT Construction Services, began her career in the insulation field in 2000 in Connecticut. After graduating from Alfred University with a BFA, other experiences and adventures, she began in sales and grew into the general manager’s position in the Connecticut branch of an insulating company. She worked with both new and existing residential projects. After making a decision in 2003 to raise her family in Central NY, she moved to the Mohawk Valley to join the corporate office. She spent the last decade gaining experience and insight into both residential and commercial construction. In 2013, Jennifer earned WBE certification as a subcontractor in New York State opening her Marcy-based business to a multitude of statewide agencies and government contracts with a listing in the State’s Directory of Certified Businesses.
Jennifer’s contributions and support of her community are evident in the many organizations she has been involved with during her 13 years at the insulating company. She served as a board member for the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce (an 800-member organization) from 2005 until 2013, and chaired the organization in 2009. She was very active in many of the councils supporting the Chamber’s efforts.
In 2009, Jennifer was invited to sit on the advisory council for NYSERDA’s Green Jobs/Green NY program, and in 2010 she accepted an invitation to be a board member for the Home Builders and Remodelers of the Mohawk Valley. Currently, she serves as the second vice president and chairs their Programs and Events Committee. In this role, she helps to advance the organization’s Home Expo, a local home improvement trade show. She was most recently elected to the board of directors of the Building Performance Institute, Inc., a national organization.
Additionally, the American Heart Association and its mission are also very important to her. She is on the Go Red for Women luncheon committee and has been a Passion Speaker at their events. Jennifer is on the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors and she also contributes to Utica’s CURE event, an initiative that helps bring awareness and raise funds for research of epilepsy.
Jennifer was the recipient of the Accent on Excellence, Mohawk Leaders under 40 award, in 2009.