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Del Toro is pictured after speaking with students at South Gate High, the high school from which she graduated.

tractors like HENSEL PHELPS, Skanska, Shimmick and Clark Construction, as well as high- profile companies like JPL and Honda Center, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and others. The company’s services in the con-

as a major factor in the ultimate success of her business, which she reinvented as ehs International in late 2010.

AGC Involvement Instrumental to Growth “AGC was instrumental in the growth

of my business,” Del Toro states. “Over the last 17 to 18 years, I have joined so many different non-profit

industry organiza-

tions, but I have never experienced what I have with AGC of California. When I first joined, I think we were about a $300,000/ year company. Now, we’re targeted to hit $5 million. We’re still a small business, but (AGC) never treated me differently, and from the very beginning (with AGC), I was made to feel like I was a $100 million com- pany. They opened the same doors and of- fered the same benefits to me.” “As a small business and as a woman in

construction, that says a lot about an asso- ciation,” Del Toro adds. “AGC truly lives by its mission statement that makes reference to being a recognized leader, to providing business opportunities to members, and to education and training which is what I’m all about.” Del Toro has been actively involved in

AGC’s Safety and Health Council over the years, which she also credits with playing a major role in shaping her company. “Listening to safety professionals from

large general contractors reveal their in- dustry challenges and their passion for keeping their employees safe has given me the passion to continue my journey and the insight to understand what their needs are,” she says. “I’ve been able to take what I learned from those meetings, the regula- tory and legislative changes, and activity that AGC has in Sacramento, and literally

Marjorie Del Toro volunteers with several community service and industry organizations including Camp NAWIC’s Construction Camp for High School Girls

vices to clients in the construction in- dustry, as well as water and wastewater sectors and public and private owners. Customers include large general con-

form my company to meet those needs.”

Strong Growth over Last 3 Years Del Toro revamped her business model

when she created ehs International in late 2010, and since then, the company’s growth has been dramatic. Today, Del Toro says her biggest current challenge is simply “controlling that growth.” Much of the increase in business has

been driven by providing highly tailored, customized training and consulting ser-

struction sector include sending educa- tors out to jobsites to provide training and regulatory consulting services tailored to the project’s specific needs. They also fre- quently offer live webinars about safety topics. ehs International certifies in rigging and cranes and provides employer and worker training on everything from fall protection and scaffolding to stormwater and EM 385 training. The company main- tains the regulatory compliance and train- ing records for all its clients and makes those records available 24/7 on the cloud via a simple login through any smartphone or tablet.

Passion for Giving Back Looking to the future, Del Toro said the

company will continue to strive to provide a high level of service to current clients, while also focusing on expanding interna- tionally into Mexico and elsewhere. In addition to managing her firm, Del

Toro is happy to be able to give back to the community and the industry through community involvement and mentorship with organizations such as Camp NAWIC camp for High School Girls, the Concordia School of Business, and others. She often speaks to students in local schools about her life journey and what it took to turn challenge into success. “I love sharing my story and hope

that encourages people,” she says. As the daughter of a Mexican emigrant, Del Toro is also quick to point out that there is op- portunity available in this country to any- one who is willing to work hard and go after what they want. “Whatever your political views are,

this country is incredible,” she says. “For someone like me to be able to build my- self up as a woman, taking care of a sick mother full-time, raising children, and building a business from nothing – this is a pretty incredible country that allows that kind of opportunity. It hasn’t been easy, but I feel really blessed to be able to do what I love.” 

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