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.