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Trump Tower is a globally recognized 68-story landmark skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan. When it opened for business in 1983, it was arguably the most famous skyscraper in the world. It was also known for something else.

“I was part of that, I built that,” Barbara Res says today.

Res was a young, driven engineer, and the Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization when her boss, Donald Trump, saw in her something he could use to get the monumental project done right; deep skills, ambition, and a refusal to stand down when confronted. At 31 years old, Barbara Res was placed in charge of the construction of Trump Tower, and the rest is history. Or perhaps more accurately, her story.

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