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Our Story, Team, & Values 2017-12-02T20:35:04+00:00

Our Story

Athena Engineering, Inc. was founded in 1984 by Richard & Jannie Chiera as a mechanical construction company . Jannie was pregnant with Athena at the time, making Athena the unofficial third employee from the company’s founding. We were initially based in Covina, CA – specifically in Jannie & Richard’s garage. Lots of good things start in garages. Anywho, Jannie had received a $5,000 tax refund and said “Lets do this!” and Athena Engineering was born (not Athena yet, just the company). At the time, Richard was a technician with Trane Company and had an engineering and construction background, while Jannie was a healthcare clinic manager for Cigna and had a business and management background. Their complimentary combined skills made a perfect fit for their new venture.

We were initially incorporated as CCE Systems, but our name was changed to Athena Engineering in 1986. To this day, we do not remember what the acronym “CCE” stood for, so it is probably best we changed our name to Athena Engineering.

Athena graduated college in 2006 and immediately joined her family in managing the business. Today, all three members of the Chiera clan run the business together, in partnership with some pretty awesome employees.

Our Core Values

We are committed to caring for the whole person – not just the parts of life lived at work. Our success stems directly from our employees

We do not just solve a customer’s immediate problem, we solve the underlying cause in order to give our customer’s the best possible value.

Customer’s should want to choose us, not have to choose us. Check your ego at the door.

The simple rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” guides our interactions with everyone we touch.

We laugh, act out, and, most importantly, have fun. We bring a little happiness into the lives of everyone we do business with and beyond.

Service, quality, and price are not mutually exclusive. We endeavor to provide the best service and quality we can, all for a value our customer’s can afford.

MEET OUR LEADERSHIP AND ATHENA “LIFERS”

A team member is declared a lifer when they’ve been with Athena for over 10 years. By the way, we’ve got lots of lifers!

Also, you won’t see people in order of rank – we’re not big on the hierarchy here.

JANNIE CHIERA
JANNIE CHIERAPresident & CEO
BRIAN
BRIANAccounting Manager
Manager & Lifer of over 25 years
SCOTT
SCOTTMechanical Superintendent
Management
RICHARD CHIERA
RICHARD CHIERAExecutive Vice President
RON
RONBuilding Automation Department Manager
Manager & Lifer of over 10 years
MITCH
MITCHSenior Superintendent
Lifer of over 13 years
ATHENA CHIERA
ATHENA CHIERAVP of Business Development
TERRY
TERRYSenior Estimator
Manager & Lifer of over 23 years
AU
AUProject Coordinator
Lifer of Over 11 Years
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