The Women Contractors Association (WCA), originally a chapter of Women Contractor Owners and Executives (WCOE), was first founded in the State of Texas in 1996. Since 1984, WCOE, a national association, has represented women construction owners and decision making executives. Debra E. Daniel was the WCOE, Texas Chapter first president.
The reason for organizing at that time was a movement in the City of Houston and other agencies in Texas to eliminate women owned business from the minority participation goals. The Chapter founders felt that other organizations were not positioned to represent the women in the construction industry against those attacks. They met with city officials and the Mayor to give input on issues affecting them. They also took a vested interest in the problems with the minority program and offered suggestions for improvement.
The WCOE, Texas Chapter held its first organized meeting and installation of officers on September 29, 1994. Carole Keeton Rylander, Republican candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission, was the guest speaker.
The founding officers for 94-95 were:
||D.E.I. Construction Services, Inc.
||The Barricade Lady, Inc.
||C. J. Farley
||C. J. Construction and Design, Inc.
|Red Rose Excavation, Inc.