|Virginia Loring and her husband Lester Loring after she was recognized as one of 12 most influential women.|
Virginia Loring Named One of 12 Most Influential Women
Virginia Loring, an enrolled member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and president of Pimara Paul Koehler Structural Engineers, was recently featured in AZRE, Arizona Commercial Real Estate magazine as one of the state’s 12 most influential women in commercial real estate.
Loring has three businesses to date: Pimara Paul Koehler Structural Engineers, Pimara Business Resources and Pimara Construction. Her first business was Pimara Construction.
“In 2007 I started my first company, Pimara Construction, a commercial construction company,” Loring said. “Because the economy fell [at that time], construction and development fell as well. I found that I needed to do something else besides construction. In 2009 I began my second company, Pimara Business Resources, an office supply and computer technology company. I have now expanded in the construction area by going into the structural engineering field with Pimara Paul Koehler.”
It wasn’t easy starting a business, Loring said. “[Going] from depending on that steady paycheck to only receiving income as we completed projects was pretty humbling. We found we had to get out there and find the work. We wanted to get our name out there, knowing that it was going to be pretty competitive,” she said.
Loring is also an officer for the Salt River Business Owners Association and the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona. She also gives back to her community by serving as the chairman of the First Things First Regional Council for SRPMIC. “I am involved with many committees in planning conferences and events for the community [and I am] presently working as a Cub Scout leader,” said Loring.
Loring offers this advice to anyone interested in starting a business: “I’ve always believed that if you want something bad enough, you will do everything you can to obtain it. There are so many resources out there, but YOU need to get out there and find them … Just Do It.”
After hearing that she was named one of the 12 most influential women in commercial real estate, Loring’s first thought was that she was now able to bring recognition to all Native American women and to the SRPMIC. She remains humble and wishes to continue working hard, without being in the spotlight.
“I am just like anybody else; I love what I do and I am grateful to have the opportunity to meet successful people who motivated me,” added Loring.