July 09, 2020

Champion Fiberglass Team Spotlight: Ria Hewgley


 

Ria HewgleyRia Hewgley’s done it all. She’s a chemical engineering graduate, has owned a construction company, and worked in nursing. She sings, is a pet lover, and calls herself a homebody. Get to know Purchasing Manager Ria Hewgley.

Tell us about your role at Champion Fiberglass.

As the purchasing manager, I’m responsible for purchasing raw materials, maintenance needs, and ensuring that we have everything we need on a day to day basis.

Tell us about your background.

I graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the Technological Institute of the Philippines in 1987. I used to own a construction company in the Philippines. After moving to the United States, I pursued a career in nursing, working in a psychiatric department in California for over four years. In 2012, I decided to move to Texas and worked for HP for a year. In 2015, I was hired by Champion Fiberglass as an assistant production planner. After eighteen months in that role, I was promoted to purchasing manager.

Please comment on the electrical conduit market and the role of Champion Fiberglass in it.

The electrical conduit market has always been steady and Champion Fiberglass stands ready to take on more projects. Our main advantages over the competition are cost and handling, which is significant to an ongoing project. It is exciting to know that Champion Fiberglass is the leader in the fiberglass conduit industry.

What do you enjoy about working at Champion Fiberglass? Can you say something about the company mission, values, and culture?

We at Champion Fiberglass strive to be the leader in the fiberglass conduit industry. We put customer satisfaction as our top priority, as our company slogan says, “DO MORE.”

This is a great place to work because of the family-oriented atmosphere. I am grateful and proud to be a part of Champion Fiberglass. Champion Fiberglass is always and will always be a CHAMPION!

How do you spend your time when not working?

I am a homebody. I enjoy staying at home, doing my daily chores, being with my dog and driving around with my husband to explore, when he’s off work.

Tell us something people might not know about you.

I became a pet lover when my son got a dog. I also enjoy singing and used to be a choir soloist at our church, as well as conduct the choir.