Sunny San Diego native, Athena Ramirez thinks her hometown is magical. It may have something to do with her annual pass to Disneyland or the perfect weather year-round. When she’s not seeking thrill on the latest Disneyland ride, she’s hanging with her friends and family. Athena is the newest member of our quotations team and she’s an all-around team player! In fact, right when she started she was deemed the nicest girl in the office after covering Greg on the lotto pool. While we didn’t win the 654 Million, we sure won when Athena accepted the position at SDLA!

Q: How did you get started in the lighting industry?

AR: When one door closes another one opens. I was laid off from an alarm company and looking for new opportunities. My old co-worker had experience in the lighting industry, so that’s where she went looking when we left the alarm company. Once she was established, she was able to help me get a job at Crescent as a quotes coordinator. It was my first position in lighting and every day I was learning something new. I’m really thankful that’s where I ended up because I was able to get insight into so many different components of the lighting industry. And of course, because that opportunity led me here.

Q: What’s your day to day like in the office?

 AR: Quotes is fast moving, so when I come in the morning I know I have to be ready to work and make quick decisions for clients. I start the day by gathering all the jobs I have been assigned and double check that I have everything covered for each project. Whenever I have questions or challenging specifications to meet, my go-to guys are Crockett and Dan; I can rely on them for their help. Everyone here has been extremely helpful and supportive. There is nothing better than quoting a project from start to finish while learning something new in the process.

Q: Do you have a favorite/most rewarding project that you have worked on?

AR: The first week I was here I landed a job. Granted, it was a small job, but Danny went out of his way to come out of his office and acknowledge that it was the first job I landed for the company. He had everyone give me a round of applause and that was really rewarding to feel, so early on, that I was helping contribute to the team. SDLA took a chance on me and I’m excited to be a part of their success.

Q: What do you like best about the culture at SDLA?

AR: In my first month here, the time flew by. Everyone was so helpful in getting me trained and up to speed. It didn’t take long for me to see that this company is like one giant family. The way everyone treats one another shows that the principals value a family-oriented place.