Women Who Achieve: Jennifer Quigley
WBQ Design & Engineering Inc.
Our PNC banking team took the time to review our financials to help us determine our line-of-credit needs, and introduced us to online banking and direct deposit products, which help us operate more efficiently.
Engineered for Success
Jennifer Quigley embodies the “Do what you love and love what you do” philosophy. She and two of her colleagues (one who has since retired) left their positions at a civil engineering firm in 1994 to establish a company where “60-hour workweeks went away and bowling parties, ‘Ice Cream Fridays’ and volleyball parties” became part of the culture.
“We had acquired the expertise to do top-quality work and knew how to earn clients and projects, so we said, ‘Why not do it for ourselves?’ We wanted to regain our quality of life,” says Jennifer.
It was a slow go at first for WBQ Design & Engineering, which launched with just a few clients who had worked with the team before. Jennifer shares, “Our minority certification opened doors for us, as larger corporations put us on their team to help fill quotas. Once these clients saw the quality of our work, they began awarding us projects as the prime contractor. That’s when we started building momentum.”
Today, WBQ is known throughout Florida for site development, highway design, and utilities-related engineering services. Among its high-visibility development projects: the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium and Orlando City (Major League Soccer) Stadium. The company, enjoying its strongest year to date, is on a growth track that Jennifer and her partner, President Derek Burke, monitor closely.
“We’re committed to responsible growth — not growth for the sake of growth,” she explains. “We want to maintain our upward momentum without burdening our employees to work longer hours. We want everyone to want to come to work!”
Although Jennifer and Derek are committed to a debt-free financial model, they often turn to PNC for products and services that support WBQ’s goals. “Our PNC banking team took the time to review our financials to help us determine our line-of-credit needs, and introduced us to online banking and direct deposit products, which help us operate more efficiently,” Jennifer says.
“My banker has been wonderful on the personal side, too,” she adds. “She proactively discussed wise credit practices with my son and daughter when they applied for their first credit cards, and she steered me to the product I love most: my football branded debit card!”
The Ultimate Reward
To Jennifer, having a successful business is only the start of what makes her career so fulfilling. Her business connections have led to her involvement in a variety of community projects, such as See Art Orlando, an initiative that raised $1.5 million in private funding for eight outdoor sculptures. “It’s very rewarding to leave our mark through not only the structures we build at work, but also those we collaborate on with the community,” she says. “I feel honored to be part of the lasting legacy that brings our community so much joy.”
Founding Principal/Vice President
Company: WBQ Design & Engineering Inc.
Location: Orlando, FL
Community involvement — serving on boards and getting involved in community projects — is not only intrinsically rewarding; it’s also vital to building a strong network of business partners, connectors and clients.
- Chair, City of Orlando Project DTO Arts & Culture Task Force, 2014 - present
- Executive Board Member, United Arts, 2013 - present
- Chair, See Art Orlando, 2011 - present
- Executive Board Member, Orange County Cultural Arts Advisory Council, 2010 - present
- Chair, Orange County Public Art Review Board, 2010 - present
- 2016 Top 100 Companies (15-99 employees) Corporate Champion, “Best Workplaces in Central Florida,” Orlando Sentinel
- 2015 Business Owner of the Year, Orlando Business Journal
- 2013 Downtowner of the Year, Downtown Orlando Partnership
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