Foster Plumbing has been a pillar of the Denver business community for over 25 years. However, it has entered the national spotlight this year due to the leadership achievements of owner and CEO Amy Carnrick.
Amy, an experienced business owner and specialty contractor, acquired Foster Plumbing in 2018. Under her leadership, Foster Plumbing became known throughout the Denver area for providing exceptional services helping entertainment venues, educational institutions, and other businesses install and maintain vital plumbing appliances and systems. Amy has led Foster Plumbing to expand both services and reach—from partnering with municipalities through Colorado’s Front Range Corridor to pursuing new opportunities for expansion across state lines. As a result of Amy’s innovative leadership and grit, Foster Plumbing’s business doubled in 2021 and has continued to grow.
This April, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) named Amy the 2023 Small Business Person of the Year for Colorado. She was honored to be recognized at a national award ceremony in Washington, D.C., during National Small Business Week and at a state award ceremony in Denver.
According to Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the SBA, Amy and the other winners for 2023 were chosen because of their vibrancy and grit. “Our 2023 State Small Business Persons of the Year have given their all to achieve their American dream — to own and build a strong, resilient business; create jobs; increase competition and innovation and power America’s historic economic recovery,” said Administrator Guzman in the official announcement on sba.gov.
Amy was honored to receive another award from Enterprising Women over the weekend of May 21st. The Enterprising Women of The Year Awards is widely considered the most prestigious global award recognizing accomplished women entrepreneurs. To win, nominees must demonstrate that they lead fast-growing businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls interested in entrepreneurship and stand out as leaders in their communities. Amy was recognized at the 21st Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards for her leadership in the category of Businesses with $5 million to $10 million in annual revenue.
The 2023 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference presented two full days of top-notch workshops, networking opportunities, corporate sponsor exhibits, and awards presentations. The Celebration and Conference brought together dynamic women from around the world to share business insights, expand their networks and deepen mentoring commitments, at the Wyndham Grand in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The celebration concluded with a spotlight on each honoree and an award presentation at the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Gala Dinner.
“Amy Carnrick is an accomplished business owner and leader in her field. We are so proud to recognize her contribution to her company, her community and as a role model and mentor to other women and girls,” said Monica Smiley, CEO and publisher of Enterprising Women.
Along with being a remarkable business leader, Amy is a tireless champion for female entrepreneurs and women working in male-dominated fields. In a profile seen in Fortune and Entrepreneur, Amy shared why she’s committed to empowering the next generation of female plumbers, “Involving women in plumbing chips away at the glass ceiling in construction, enabling women to be part of a high-paying trade that requires intelligence, experience, and dedication.”
Foster Plumbing is proud to have such an exceptional leader directing our company. We are excited to see how our team and business will continue growing under her leadership. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Amy Carnrick’s incredible achievements!