InkJet, Inc. Certified as Women's Business Enterprise, Chairwoman Patricia Quinlan Also Invited to Participate in Houston Business Journal's Bizwomen Mentoring Monday event Feb. 12
Willis, Texas (Feb. 9, 2018) – InkJet, Inc., a woman-owned business since 2014, has earned certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). InkJet, Inc. was founded by Thomas Quinlan in 1989. Patricia Quinlan, Thomas’ eldest daughter, became chairwoman of InkJet, Inc. upon her parents’ death in 2013. She was only 23 years old at the time.
Additionally, The Houston Business Journal invited Quinlan to serve as one of 40 Houston area mentors for women of all ages and in all stages of their career at the Bizwomen Mentoring Monday breakfast event, Feb. 12. Quinlan will share insights about her career and will lead several “speed mentoring” roundtable discussions.
American City Journals, parent company of The Houston Business Journal and its 42 other weekly sister publications, is hosting Mentoring Monday on the same day -- Feb. 12 – in 43 cities. Approximately 10,000 women will benefit from small group and one-on-one coaching from guest mentors who volunteer their time and talent through this initiative. Approximately 300 women (and a few men) are expected to attend the Bizwomen Mentoring Monday event at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at 6 E Greenway Plaza. Please visit www.bizjournals.com/houston/event/161870/2018/bizwomen-mentoring-monday-2018 for more information or to register.
“I am honored to have been invited to serve as a mentor for other women, and I am proud of our WBE certification. WBE certification is a huge asset to all of us at InkJet, Inc. Because of this designation, our company has been elevated for consideration by some of the largest companies in America. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share our experience and all of the products and services that we have to offer to end users who may not have been aware of us otherwise,” Quinlan said.
WBENC's world-class certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America's most prestigious brands in addition to many states, cities and other entities. WBENC is also an approved Third-Party Certifier for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program. WBENC Certification validates that InkJet, Inc. and other businesses are at least 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women. To achieve WBENC Certification, women-owned businesses must complete a formal documentation and site visit process that is administered by one of WBENC's 14 Regional Partner Organizations. WBENC Certification gives women-owned businesses the ability to compete for real-time business opportunities provided by WBENC Corporate Members and government agencies. (Source: www.wbenc.org.)
About Patricia Quinlan
“Patricia is a unique, driven and inspirational woman. Maverick, unconventional, and progressive are just a few more words that describe her,” commented Jon Vintzel, chief financial officer at InkJet, Inc. “I am extremely impressed with Patricia and what she has accomplished in a few short years and in the face of the unexpected loss of her parents. Not only did she accept the leadership role for what was a steady albeit low profile business, but she also accepted responsibility for caring for her two younger sisters by ensuring they attended college.”
Vintzel added: “Patricia has breathed new life into our company because of her vision, her strength, and her positive demeanor. She has fostered a workplace culture that invites our team members to ‘Nurture the Maverick Spirit.’ She encourages our people to explore and express radical ideas in the pursuit of providing what is best for the customer, as well as company and personal progress.” Hear from Quinlan directly about the company’s purpose and values: https://youtu.be/tSf39Eo4QNU
Quinlan is a member of the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance and Vistage Worldwide, a group of peers to peer business owners and executives who learn from each other’s best practices and “fail forward moments” in business.
Quinlan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in operations management and supervision in 2014 from Western Washington University, where she was an active member of APICS.
When she is not working, Quinlan is training for and competing in power lifting events with her husband. She resides in the Houston suburb of Conroe.