After Hours: Catherine Alcorn, CR Engineers

>> Catherine Alcorn

President of CR Engineers, Inc.

With CR Engineers for 19 years

rsz_catherine_alcornBorn and raised in Phoenix, received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University

Husband John; daughter Audrey, 8; son Anthony, 5

>> Responsibilities

Alcorn manages the business and serves as senior electrical engineer for Aviation, Water/Wastewater, and Recreational Facilities.

>> Favorites

Sport/teams: Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins.

Music: Blues, classical rock, and any Johnny Cash song.

Destinations: Happy Jack, Ariz., and Portland, Maine, in the summer. I’d like to visit Italy, Australia, and go on an African safari.

Activities: Alcorn loves to spend time with her husband, kids, and three dogs. She also enjoys volunteering at her kids’ school.

>> What did you think you’d be when you were growing up?

As a daughter of an electrical engineer who founded CR Engineers in 1985, I always knew I’d follow in my father’s footsteps and be an electrical engineer.

>> What accomplishment are you especially proud of?

My husband and I have successfully continued the family business after my father’s passing in 2001. With our office close to our home in Fountain Hills, we maintain active participation in all our children’s activities and schools.

>> What would people be surprised to know about you?

I’m a gourmet cook. My favorite dishes include smoked duck and andouille sausage gumbo.

>> Best business advice you’ve ever been given:

The greatest mistake an executive can make is to be afraid of making a mistake.

>> Advice you’d share with people:

Stay humble and curious. Maintain a hunger to always learn more. Build a vision for your life and set your goals to reach them.