Businesswoman, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist
Eren Ozmen’s success story is unlikely, and you have probably never heard of her unless you attend the University of Nevada, Reno.
Ozmen and her husband donated $5 million to UNR to support entrepreneurship and the creation of new businesses at the university’s college of business. It was the largest gift that the University had ever received. Not bad for someone who came to the United States from Turkey with limited English skills (and limited money), and a desire to get her MBA (Masters in Business Administration) at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Eren Ozmen is the Owner and President of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), an aerospace company that manufactures electronics and equipment for satellites and space crafts.
After Eren earned her MBA, she went to work at a local company — SNC. Her husband, Fatih Ozmen, was an intern there. Six years later, she was running the company, along with her husband. They grew the company together, acquiring 19 electronics firms, and now SNC is the Top Woman-Owned Federal Contractor in the United States and has been named Aerospace Company of the Year, with 33 locations worldwide and 3000 employees (2980 more than when Ozmen first bought the company).
It is also the fastest growing woman-owned company in North America. Ozmen is not only a savvy businesswoman, but she also cares about her employees and work-life balance. She started an on-site daycare facility for her employees early on, and several locations of SNC have been voted the “Best Place to Work” by her employees.