–Company head Jennifer A. Tierney applauds achievement and recognizes industry support (October 5, 2015)– Commercial Lightning Protection(CLP), which specializes in the design and installation of lightning protection and grounding systems along the East Coast, recently received certification as a Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) through the National Women Business Owners Corporation. To qualify, a business must be at least 51 percent owned and operated by a woman; a long-term process involving extensive documentation including an on-site visit. “The WBE designation is particularly important in the diversification of the lightning protection field, and recognizes the relevance and contributions of women as industry leaders, ” said CLP Chief Executive Officer Jennifer A. Tierney. “Our firm also recognizes and thanks the efforts of our clients to support a women-owned business and their ongoing commitment to foster diversity,” she added, noting that CLP is in good company. A recent survey showed North Carolina is among the top five fastest-growing states in the country regarding the number of women-owned firms. Under Tierney’s leadership, CLP has streamlined its hiring process, improved employee retention, and increased the percentage of female employees in its firm, which include its Greensboro headquarters and a Richmond, Virginia office. In addition, CLP received HUB (Historically Underutilized Business) certification in North Carolina, a designation providing business opportunities with the state and recognized by local procurement offices.