Press Release: 360 Engineering President Wins Two Achievement Awards



Kimberly MacArthur Graham
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Woman Founder of Local Mechanical Engineering Firm Wins
Two Achievement Awards

Golden, CO – Award-winning mechanical engineering firm 360 Engineering has two new accolades to add to its rapidly growing array. Company founder Denise Dihle has been named to two prestigious lists: Top Women in Energy, compiled by the Denver Business Journal (DBJ); and Enterprising Women of the Year, by Enterprising Women magazine. In both cases, the winner was determined based on qualities such as company growth, mentoring and leadership, and community involvement.

In January, Enterprising Women magazine notified Dihle that she is one of their 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year, joining a prestigious group of female entrepreneurs from across the U.S. and internationally. According to the award letter, Dihle was selected from hundreds of nominees based on the financial success of her business, her commitment to mentoring and supporting other women in business, and her community leadership.

In March, DBJ included Dihle on its annual list of 40 Top Women in Energy, which recognizes leading women in the Denver metro area working in a variety of industries within the energy sector.  A special issue of the Journal profiled each winner on April 14, followed by a VIP reception and awards ceremony on April 19.

360 Engineering’s Dihle said of winning the two awards, “In 2016, 360 won two awards for our work and I didn’t think that could be topped. This year, I’m even more humbled to receive two personal awards.  All of it was won just as much by my terrific staff and our clients. I could not have achieved any of this without them.” To other women either in business or dreaming of it, Dihle offers two things she’s learned, “First, be over-prepared so you can avoid pitfalls and jump faster than others at opportunities. Second, don’t let large risks keep you from making decisions.  Evaluate, prepare for the worst-case scenario, then jump off the edge and don’t look back.”

The latest recognition continues the firm’s award-winning streak. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected 360 Engineering as its USDOE’16 Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year and the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) named 360 its Small Company of the Year for 2016.

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Founded by Denise Dihle in 2003, 360 Engineering offers mechanical engineering, prime consulting, and energy modeling and sustainability services. They work with commercial, government, and civic clients across the U.S. on projects of all sizes. In addition to numerous commercial projects for clients including 1st Bank and Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, the company’s portfolio includes work on high-profile sites such as the Colorado State Capitol Building, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus, and several national parks including Yellowstone (WY), Glacier (MT), and Apostle Islands (WI). 360 Engineering has a reputation built on providing excellent and responsive service, careful listening, and treating all clients as valued long-term partners.