ROSEVILLE, Calif. — PRIDE Industries recently welcomed two new professionals to support its business development efforts. The company saw healthy growth in its last fiscal year, and its recent hires are part of a plan to capitalize on that momentum.
Ross Gravagna joins the company as Director of Business Development, Facilities & Energy Services. With more than 100 fully integrated managed-services contracts, PRIDE is a well-known facilities services provider. Gravagna will be building on that foundation, ramping up PRIDE’s development efforts, especially in the western states.
Gravagna is looking forward to the challenge.
“I’ve spent most of my career helping companies substantially grow their national customer footprint,” he said. “I’m excited to join an organization with such an important social mission.”
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit social enterprise, PRIDE Industries was founded in 1966 with a mission to create jobs for people with disabilities. Today, the company is the nation’s leading employer of people with disabilities and barriers to employment, including service-injured veterans.
Gravagna is joined at PRIDE by Mackenzie Evans, who as Account Executive will be expanding the company’s reach into new and established markets. In addition to seeking out fresh opportunities for the company, Evans will work to ensure that current customers are benefiting from PRIDE’s well-known personalized customer service model.
“I’m a big believer in getting to know your customers well,” said Evans. “It improves communication and makes it possible to anticipate future needs.”
“We have our sights set high and need great people to help expand PRIDE’s impact in workforce development,” said CEO Jeff Dern. “Every additional customer helps create more jobs for people with disabilities. Ross and Mackenzie are a perfect fit for PRIDE, and I’m thrilled to welcome them to our team.”
PRIDE Industries currently employs more than 3,300 people with disabilities. Last year, the company earned nearly $350 million in gross revenue, which helps fund a variety of job training, coaching, placement, and support services for people facing barriers to employment.
About PRIDE Industries: PRIDE Industries is the leading employer of people with disabilities in the country. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social enterprise, the organization provides facility operations and maintenance services, custodial services, contract manufacturing, supply chain management, and fulfillment services to public and private organizations nationwide. Founded in 1966, PRIDE’s mission is to create jobs for people with disabilities through person-centered job coaching, training, and placement. PRIDE’s mission extends across the country, assisting individuals to become self-sufficient, contribute to their communities, and achieve their goals. Learn more at prideindustries.com.
PRIDE Industries is a social enterprise delivering business excellence to public and private organizations nationwide.