Who says married couples can’t run a successful business together? Fatih and Eren Ozmen display the contrary. As the CEO and CFO of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the couples show that marriage and business can go well together. For almost a decade since they first acquired SNC, the company has become one of the US’ fastest growing private companies and one of the most prominent, woman-owned companies in its contribution and reputation in space, telemedicine, renewable energy, navigation/ guidance, fusion and transformation, electronic protection, and cyber security industries, among other things.
Maintaining a reputation of giving innovative and agile technology solution for years, SNC was ranked as one of Top 10 fastest-growing private companies in 2010 by Inc. magazine. Other awards and recognitions include the Government Computer News (GCN) awards in 2005 and 2006, 2001 Nevada Distinguished Business of the Year, the top Women-owned Business by FedList. Furthermore, SNC was recognized as one of the best places to work in Northern Nevada in 2009 and 2011, among other things. With a day care center on-site, working parents don’t have to worry about their kids while they work. With generous benefits and programs that encourage balanced work-and-family lifestyle, SNC now employs more than 2,100 people in over 30 locations across the USA.
This January 20, 2012, Fatih and Eren Ozmen were recognized as Aviation Entrepreneurs of the Year at the 9th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards that was held in Beverly Hills, California. With contributions that range from creating Mobile Air Traffic Control (ATC) System to Airfield Lighting System for remote locations, Autonomous Landing Guidance, Helicopter Autonomous Landing Systems, to human spaceflight Dream Chaser, SNC has become a revolutionary industry that work with a wide range of organizations and government institutions, including the NASA, US Army, US Navy, US Customs and Border Protection, and many more.
Fatih Ozmen joined the company in 1981 with a vast background in engineering. He holds a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno. He makes use of his knowledge, experience, and insight to create innovations and solutions that answer the emerging demands of technology solutions in the global marketplace. Meanwhile, Eren Ozmen earned an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno and immediately joined SNC in 1988. With the dynamic leadership, passion and strategic vision of the couple, SNC has successfully developed many solutions for various industries and organizations. The company still continues to develop state-of-the-art, future technologies at the moment this article was written.
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