Meet Norisha Kirts Glover
What does your company/organization do?
NRK Construction is a Louisiana-based commercial construction firm specializing in new construction, tenant buildouts and renovations throughout the southeast.
What are some advantages of being located and/or doing business in the Capital Region?
The Capital Region is poised for incredible growth in many sectors. Being located here allows me to take advantage of that growth in multifamily housing, education and healthcare, while also allowing me to serve the community that I love.
As a member of the Drive Minority Business Accelerator Powered by ExxonMobil, what has been your key takeaway so far? Have you had the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned from the program to your company?
As an entrepreneur, you can quickly find yourself embedded in the day-to-day operations of your business. The business accelerator gives me the opportunity to think about the big picture of my firm in collaboration with other small business entrepreneurs who are encountering or have encountered the same challenges. As I work on my growth plan, I am keenly focused on the financial strategies that I will need to implement to ensure I am able to successfully grow and scale.
What would you say to companies contemplating joining BRAC?
At some point in your business, it becomes less about what you know and more about who you know. I would encourage those companies to engage not just in the networking events, but also get involved in the intimate planning of the work for the city. You will benefit from being in the know about the development in the community and the individuals who assist you in accomplishing mutual goals.
What do you anticipate for your company in this coming new year? For the Capital Region?
Growth, growth, growth. Growth in number of employees, quantity of contracts and size of contracts. For the Capital Region, I anticipate growth in a different way. I have said that there is a leadership shift (BRAF, downtown, hospitals, zoo, education, etc.) that has been underway for about the past two years and will continue into the next year. The new leaders are getting their footing, identifying potential partners, developing their strategy and deciding the right next steps. I think the real work will begin soon, and we will start to see this sea change of growth manifest over the next few years.
What is your Baton Rouge favorite:
- Place to celebrate the holidays?
My home. My husband Carlos and I really enjoy hosting people. About 20 people descend upon our home for almost every holiday.
- Place to eat?
- Place to hang out?
Having two children, one four-year-old and one six-month-old, I’m not hanging out as much as I used to. I love to invite friends over to my home to relax over a burger or a good steak by grill master Carlos.
- Place for sightseeing?
The Baton Rouge Zoo. My four-year-old loves visiting it, and I can’t wait to show her the new pygmy hippo exhibit!
- Place to network?
Rotary Club of Baton Rouge meetings. I cannot tell you how many times I am able to have multiple conversations that allow me to get work done or get new business.
- Way to give back?
Through board service. I am an active participant in whatever board I serve because I want to leave the organization better than when I started.
Junior League of Baton Rouge’s Touch A Truck – This event happens in the spring each year where there are all the big trucks (fire, excavator, SWAT vehicle, etc.) for children to touch and see up close. Children can barely contain their excitement as they run from vehicle to vehicle. The joy on more than 5,000 children’s faces (and subsequently their parents when the children are exhausted and ready to nap) is priceless!