Karla Fichter, CEO and Owner, began her career at Diamond Packaging upon graduation from St. Lawrence University. She has served in several key roles within the organization, including sales, national sales manager, and executive vice president/director.
WBENC-Certified Women's Business Enterprise
Diamond Packaging is certified as a women's business enterprise through the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations. It also is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC works to foster diversity in the world of commerce with programs and policies designed to expand opportunities and eliminate barriers in the marketplace for women business owners. WBENC works with representatives of corporations to encourage the utilization and expansion of supplier/vendor diversity programs.
WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the Women Presidents' Education Organization is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.
By including women-owned businesses among their vendors, corporations, and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs.
We recognize the commitment to supplier diversity that is embraced by corporations and government agencies today, and can add diversity to your supply chain.
Karla Fichter, CEO, Owner, began her career at Diamond upon graduation from St. Lawrence University in 1985, and has served in several key roles within the organization, including sales, national sales manager, and executive vice president/director. In 2013 Fichter acquired her sister's shares of the company, maintaining its status as a WBENC-certified woman-owned business and streamlining its leadership structure.
On the company's growth strategy, Fichter says "Today's business environment requires a different, more aggressive and strategic approach that continually looks for ways to really add value to our customers. We've done that by investing in people and technology to elevate our level of performance and quality."
NYS-Certified Woman Owned Business
Diamond Packaging has been granted status as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise by the New York State Department of Economic Development, Division of Minority and Women's Business Development (DMWBD).
Empire State Development, New York's economic development agency, administers the Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) state certification program. The MWBE program is designed to assist the growth and development of businesses owned and controlled by women and minorities. An important activity of the program is to increase the participation of those businesses in New York State procurement opportunities.
Diamond is officially recognized by all State agencies and most authorities as a bona fide women-owned business enterprise. Certified companies are listed in the "Directory of Certified Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises" which is used by State agencies public authorities, federal government, and major corporations.