Linda Alvarado

Linda Alvarado
Barrier breaker

Founder and owner, Alvarado Construction

Co-owner, Colorado Rockies

Linda Alvarado is president and chief executive officer of Alvarado Construction, Inc. She started her “unplanned career” in construction working in construction as a laborer for a landscape company in college. Alvarado then worked as an on-site contract administrator for a commercial development company on large planned-use projects. While it seemed crazy at the time for a girl, she started a curb, gutter, and sidewalk concrete firm that expanded its construction expertise and capabilities into a large construction company.

Today, Alvarado Construction is a commercial general contractor and development firm, offering preconstruction, construction management, master planning, owner representative, program management, design/build, Turn-Key, LEED certified projects, emergency, on call, job order, facility and property management services. Based in Denver, Alvarado Construction has offices in multiple states and has successfully developed and constructed multi-million dollar projects across the United States and internationally.

The company builds a diverse portfolio of structures including commercial, industrial, Fortune 500 facilities, office, technology, energy, hotel, hospitality, mixed-use, multi-unit housing, government, healthcare, retail, telecommunications, research laboratories, public venues, education, and sports facilities. Some of Alvarado Construction’s projects include the Phoenix Convention Center Expansion, the Denver Broncos Empower Stadium at Mile High, Sacramento Municipal Utility Headquarters, 37 story Hyatt Civic Center Hotel, and the lead construction manager/general contractor for the 2008 Denver Pepsi Center remodel and restoration.

In keeping with breaking non-traditional roles, Alvarado made history in 1991 by becoming the first Latino owner (male or female) of a Major League Baseball franchise, the Colorado Rockies. Her ownership is also significant as it marked the first time that any woman was involved in a bid for ownership of an MLB team.

Alvarado has served on the board of directors of 3M Company, Pepsi Bottling Group, Mayo Clinic, Pitney Bowes, Lennox International, Cyprus AMEX, United Banks of Colorado, and Qwest Communications. She is an inductee in the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, the Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame, New York, the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame, and the National Minority Business Hall of Fame.

Her leadership in business, civic, and charitable organizations has been acknowledged with numerous awards for achievement. She has been recognized as Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women and is the recipient of the U.S. Federal Executive Board Excellence in Business Award, National Association of Minority Engineers Visionary Award, and the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s Brillante Award.

Alvarado has been a trailblazer in breaking the stereotype that you do not have to be a man to succeed in traditional male careers. She has been the focus of many articles in newspapers, books, business publications, educational curriculums, civics texts, on the cover of national magazines and featured in media broadcasts. She has set high standards as a successful entrepreneur and her accomplishments inspiring and opening doors for other women.

A nationally recognized speaker, Alvarado has given numerous keynote presentations for corporations, national business conferences, professional sports events, universities and in schools motivating young girls and women of all ages to excel and achieve their dreams.

Alvarado is a 2021 CREW Network Convention keynote speaker.

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