A queen honored with courage award


Defying convention and pushing her firm forward earned Sonia A. Martinez of BCC Engineering Inc. this year’s Jerry Allen Courage in Leadership Award.

Sonia A. Martinez, the chief financial officer at BCC Engineering Inc., was the recipient of the 2016 Jerry Allen Courage in Leadership Award. Martinez could not attend the conference, but the award was accepted on her behalf by colleague Ariel Millan.

Martinez first joined BCC during an era of rapid growth. She was an integral part of transitioning the firm from what was a primarily a transportation focused company of 10 employees into a multidisciplinary firm with five offices throughout the state of Florida with more than 140 employees.

Martinez is recognized at her firm as a woman who defies convention, always pushing forward with the company’s best interests in mind. Over the last 10 years, Martinez has grown with the company, and has never shied away from a project’s size or work load. Her self-sufficiency allowed the principals and engineers to design while she managed all contractual and financial related material company-wide. The ability to anticipate possible complications and create solutions before they occur earned her the nickname of “The Queen.”

Although she was diagnosed with cancer, she never let that get in the way of her duties as CFO. In addition to being the lifeblood of the firm, she is also the mother of three children.

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