Barbara Kavovit was the founder and chief executive of one of the largest female owned renovation and construction management companies in New York City.
“When I was younger, I never imagined that I would be the founder/CEO of one of the most successful construction management companies in New York City. At the time it never occurred to me that construction was a career path for women’.
After 9/11, I established Barbara K! Enterprises and was the innovator of a line of ergonomically designed home improvement tools for women. I take great pride in knowing that I have created tools and kits that have helped develop skills and confidence for women to participate in any home repair.
My newest venture, “BARBARA’S WAY” uses my background and expertise to further my mission to empower women in other areas of the home where they may not feel confident – one such is plumbing.
With 10 years experience in construction, Barbara K recognized the need for tools designed specifically for women. Barbara K’s extensive line of high-quality do-it-yourself kits, tools and accessories were launched in the first quarter of 2004. The barbara k! signature 30-Piece Toolkit, is a must-have for women. “The barbara k! Toolkit proves that Rosie the Riveter can also be Riveting,” explains Barbara K. Packaged in a sleek, compact carrying case, the beautifully designed tools are perfect for women, combining practical solutions and fashion.
Reinforcing Barbara’s mission to educate women, the products include the how-to booklet, Barbara K: A Simple Guide to Home Repair.
The introduction of barbara k! and Barbara’s Way coincides perfectly with the home-improvement movement in which women are playing an increasingly prominent role.
Barbara K envisions a similar picture with her brand…and then some. “My products encourage women to be more self-sufficient, more cost-efficient and more independent.”
Barbara K is the exclusive home improvement expert for AOL’s Coaches, to inform, motivate and help millions of web users learn how to make simple home enhancements and repairs. She is also the author of “Invest In Your Nest: Add Style, Comfort, and Value To Your Home” (Rodale 2006), and “Room for Improvement: Change Your Home! Enhance Your Life! With Tools, Tips and Inspiration from Barbara K!”(Rodale, 2005).
Barbara K has been featured in publications around the country and internationally including “O” The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Parade, Forbes, MSNBC and made numerous television appearances including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Donny Deutsch Show, and Fox & Friends on Fox News Channel. Barbara appeared on 8 shows for
SAVVY a video magazine show where she was the host of the home segment on the WE Network. In addition, she appears currently in a documentary about her life on Canadian Lifetime TV and a pilot was filmed for the E! channel. She also appears on a new CNBC campaign for “American Entrepreneurs”. Lastly, Barbara just appeared as a guest commentator on HGTV’s new show "25 Biggest Home Renovating Mistakes".
Barbara also writes the weekly column 'Invest In Your Nest' for the New York Post's Real Estate section and “Getting Their Fix” Barbara’s Way in the New York Post.