Cindy Stumpo is CEO of C. Stumpo Development is a luxury custom home builder and developer in the Brookline and Newton areas. Stumpo is among a handful of women who can claim this career and she hopes to inspire young women to become part of the construction industry. She was the only woman in the room taking the General Contractors exam at the age of 23. At the time her male competitors told her “You’ll never make it in this industry.” For 25 years and counting, Stumpo has been building houses and shattering stereotypes. She starred in HGTV’s “Tough as Nails” television series, and was featured in Forbes magazine, Boston Common, The Boston Herald, The Boston Globe. Stumpo was named “Builder of the Year” by her peers, honored as “Exceptional Woman of the Year” by 106.7FM. Recently she spoke at TEDx Lowell and will be named “Inspirational Woman of the Year” by the Brookview House.