Wednesday, May 13, 2009

IT Consulting Firm Queen Associates CEO Honored as 2009 Woman of the Year

Frances Queen, the founder and CEO of Queen Associates, a leading Charlotte-based information technology consulting and staffing firm, has been honored as the 2009 Woman of the Year at an awards gala on May 1.

The Mecklenburg Times held the inaugural “50 Most Influential Women” event honoring Queen and 49 other women who have made significant contributions to the community and to their professions. Over 450 Charlotte area dignitaries attended the gala which highlighted the accomplishments of Charlotte’s most influential women in business, government, education, and the not-for-profit fields.

“I am humbled to have been selected by this amazing group of women,” Queen says. “I admire these women and am so pleased to be able to join with them in recognizing the powerful impact that women leaders have on this community. We are business owners, policymakers, non-profit leaders and so much more.”

Queen attributes her success and that of her company on a keen focus on fundamental business ethics and integrity and an unwavering commitment to customer service excellence.

Queen is receiving recognition for her business and community successes. She has served for over two decades in the field of information technology beginning her career as a hands-on technology consultant. She advanced into local and regional executive regional management steering several corporations through significant growth, mergers and acquisitions.

Throughout her career, Queen has emphasized the advancement of women and young people in the fields of technology. Since she formed her own technology company, she has used her expanded sphere of influence as a platform to lead on business ethics and diversity within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), especially as it relates to women. She also is focused on the continued support for underrepresented minorities and men in technology, since North Carolina and the United States are seeing serious declines in the numbers of young people seeking these careers.

Recent accolades include, in 2008, the National Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) 100 Award, achieving the #10 ranking nationwide. The company also has previously earned the Top Customer Service Company, NC Technology Association 21 Award for its service quality.

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