ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – An entrepreneur is not only defined as an entrepreneur, but as someone who “takes above-average financial risks for this”. For Linda Alvarado, she not only focused on success and the leap into male-dominated careers – but also as a Latina.
From designer, developer, and owner of a major commercial construction company to the first Hispanic owner of a Major League Baseball franchise, Linda Alvarado has never set herself any limits.
âAll my life I’ve been told that I don’t look like this, I don’t look like a commercial prime contractor, I don’t look like the owner of a major league baseball team, and some people say I don’t. I don’t look Spanish, âsaid Alvarado.
For the young girl, who was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in a family of five brothers, Linda had to prove that there is no such thing as a woman’s job. During her studies, it was the challenge of starting her own construction company that put Linda on the path to her first major success.
What started small in 1976 became one of the largest construction companies in the Southwest. It also made Linda the first female CEO to run a construction company. Alvarado Construction, Inc. is responsible for large, multi-million dollar commercial developments such as Bronco Stadium. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company now has offices in New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
Linda is also a co-owner of the Major League Baseball franchise, the Colorado Rockies. During her time on the team, Linda felt the time was right to set a better example for Hispanics.
“While we’re proud to own, I want to make sure our players are seen as role models on the field and motivate other Hispanics,” said Alvarado.
Although her achievements have been outstanding, Linda says that from an early age she fought sexism and discrimination at every turn. In a life and career that has not only broken glass ceilings and paved the way for others, Linda still believes that she would not be where she is today without taking risks.
“We have to get into the game, have fun, take some risks because we know that if we keep our foot safely on the first base, we can never get to,” said Alvarado.