Palm Springs, CA – The Women’s Business Enterprise Council-West (WBEC-West) recognized Athena Engineering as the Class 2 Woman-Owned Business of the Year at WBEC-West’s 15th Annual Strategic Procurement Opportunity Conference. Corporate members of WBEC-West nominate exceptional woman-owned businesses currently supplying goods or services to them and following a nomination, application, and committee review, one business per revenue class is selected. Our corporate nominator for this award was our long-time client, The Walt Disney Company. Other companies honored during the ceremony included:
- Certify My Company (Class 1 Winner)
- Bunney’s, Inc. (Class 3 Winner)
- The ActOne Group, Inc. (Exceptional WBE Winner)
- Bonnie Clinton of Toyota (Corporate Advocate of the Year Winner)
- Kaiser Permanente (Corporation of the Year)
- The Walt Disney Company (WBE Choice – Corporation of the Year)
Athena Chiera, our VP of Business Development, was also honored during the awards gala with the WBEC-West Woman-Owned Business Enterprise Advocate of the Year. Athena was given the distinguished award for her work on the WBEC-West Southern California Forum and volunteering within the woman-owned business community. Forum Chairs are WBEs that volunteer their time over a three-year term to represent each WBEC-West Region. The WBEC-West Forum plays a vital role in the organization by acting as liaisons between WBEs and WBEC-West both locally and Nationally. This year is Athena’s final term on the WBEC-West Forum, after which she will transition to the WBENC National Forum.
“It’s been an amazing year and I am so honored to accept the Supplier of the Year award on behalf of our rockstar team. To be selected for this award out of over 1,500 certified woman-owned businesses is humbling, especially when there are so many other companies deserving of this honor. Thank you to Disney for giving us the opportunity to succeed with them over all these years and thank you to WBEC-West for everything you do to provide opportunities to woman-owned businesses,” Athena Chiera said upon accepting the awards on September 12, 2018.
WBEC-West is a regional partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), a coalition of corporations, WBEs and regionally focused women’s business organizations. As an affiliate organization, WBEC-West implements the certification standards of WBENC throughout Arizona, Colorado, Southern California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, Hawaii, and Guam. WBENC certification is nationally recognized and accepted by more than 10,000 major corporations.
About Athena Engineering, Inc.
Athena Engineering, Inc. is a building systems contractor that helps commercial, industrial, and institutional clients find comfort in their environments and gives them the tools to maintain it. Our in-house Mechanical HVAC construction and Building Automation divisions specialize in notoriously complicated environments like hospitals, laboratories, infrastructure, utility, and operational facilities. Founded in 1984 by Richard and Jannie Chiera, our family of team members now numbers over 40 people. Learn more about us .
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