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Primera Ranks Among Crain’s Biggest Women-Owned Businesses
Primera Ranks Among Crain’s Biggest Women-Owned Businesses

We’re proud to announce that Primera Engineers has ranked among the 60 biggest women-owned Chicagoland businesses for 2023 according to Crain’s Chicago Business, for the second year in a row. Primera came in at number 20 out of 60 on the list, which ranks firms based on revenue gains from the prior year.

Primera, owned by President & CEO, Erin Inman, remained steady from last year’s ranking after earning a record $47.6M in revenue last year. Erin joined Primera in 2005, established its presence in the utilities market, and later took over ownership from retiring co-founders Michael DeSantiago and Pedro Cevallos-Candau in early 2016. After laying out her inspiring vision for the company, our Chicago-based engineering and business consulting firm has continued down a path of exceptional growth over the past several years. Primera has enjoyed more than 50% growth in our employee base in that time, with employees now working in over 20 states across the Country.

“I’m proud to lead the largest woman-owned engineering firm in our area and thankful for the team of over 320 people that I am fortunate to work with each day. We continue to break records year-over-year and experience exciting expansion across the United States,” notes Inman. “Receiving this recognition among this remarkable list of Chicago-based, women-owned firms is truly an honor.”

The ranking showcases organizations that are at least 51% owned by a woman or women. The top 25 businesses on the list saw revenue grow by nearly 20% from 2021 to 2022.

Crain’s Chicago Business is a regional business publication from Crain, one of the largest privately owned business media companies with 21 leading business, trade and consumer brands in North America, Europe and Asia. It is a top source of news, analysis, and information on business in metropolitan Chicago for decision-makers in the private and public sectors.

Primera Ranks Among Crain’s Biggest Women-Owned Businesses

Erin (pictured far left) sits on the Chicago State Foundation Board of Directors. She, and other Primera executives, recently attended their fourth annual 1stGEN Scholarship Gala, which raises funds for student scholarships. Also pictured (left to right) is: Matt Dvorak, Kendahle Artis, Nick Sternowski, and Melissa and David Clark.