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Sun Eagle Shines as Veteran-owned Small Business

February 11, 2013

Rebecca Villaneda--HispanicBusiness

Sun Eagle employees pose for their recent holiday card.
Sun Eagle employees pose for their recent holiday card.

Hispanic-owned Sun Eagle Corp. has completed more than 300 projects in its 35 years in Arizona. The general contractor and construction management firm's projects range from aquatic centers to airport terminal renovations.

No. 208 on the 2012 HispanicBusiness 500, Sun Eagle generated $21 million in 2012, securing the No. 3 spot of the top 15 Hispanic-owned companies in Arizona in 2012.

Sun Eagle specializes in commercial buildings and provides engineering, quality control and safety, and subcontractor management.

The firm is owned by the Alvarez family. CEO Martin Alvarez Sr. recently spoke to HispanicBusiness about the company's values and goals.

"Our company goal in the next five years is to diversify and build government and municipal projects as well as educational projects and private sector projects," Mr. Alvarez said.

Sun Eagle is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business and a minority enterprise certified by the City of Phoenix and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The construction management firm has completed projects for fire stations, office buildings and libraries. Its client list includes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Phoenix Union High School District and Chicanos Por La Causa.

"(We hire) well-educated and competent personnel who are loyal to our firm as well as our family," Mr. Alvarez said. "Likewise, they help create sophisticated buildings and products for our firm."

Sun Eagle, he said, is "creating products and services that will help the U.S. compete globally."

According to HispanTelligence, the top 15 Arizona companies in the 2012 HispanicBusiness 500 ranking produced revenues of $153.74 million in 2011, down from $171.95 million in 2010.

The companies employed 1,373 people last year, down from 1,578 in 2010.

Noting the important role Hispanic small-business owners play in Arizona, Mr. Alvarez said communities rely on companies like Sun Eagle to weather struggling economic times.

"The Hispanic community's most precious resource is the motivation and determination to succeed as well as create economic improvement within their own families," he said. "This translates into better communities and better companies."

Mr. Alvarez said diversity is a prime requisite for American business success.

"Hispanics and minorities have made a huge contribution to the American economy," he continued. "Women are the new minority in the market. We at Sun Eagle Corporation support women in business, government and education. Their impact will propel this country to new heights which are not (yet) achieved."

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