CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
A BORN LEADER
Sandy began her aerospace career as an engineer with McDonnell Douglas Corporation, supporting the Skylab and Space Shuttle programs. Early on, she transitioned from technical roles to project management, business development, and executive positions. She realized she had atalent and passion for business and in 1993 she bought Barrios outright.
PROFESSIONAL AWARDS & HIGHLIGHTS
- NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal (the highest honor NASA bestows upon a non-government employee, granted only to individuals whose distinguished accomplishments contributed substantially to the NASA mission).
- Two NASA George M. Low Awards for Quality and Excellence (the first small business to win Products and Services categories)
- Two JSC Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year awards
- NASA Woman-Owned Business of the Year
- Boeing Company’s Supplier of the Year Award
WHAT SETS US APART
- 42+ years as a Federal government prime contractor, primarily to NASA.
- Partner to a diverse customer and industry base across government and commercial space sectors.
- 650+ employees delivering broad experience and technical expertise.
- A woman-owned business that maintains a legac y of excellence.
- Small business agility with robust business infrastructure.
- ISO9001 and AS9100 Certified.
- Consistently awarded ‘Excellent’ performance scores on prime contracts to NASA.
NASA Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year Award
NASA / JSC Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award
SBA Region 6 Prime Contractor of the Year & Subcontractor of the Year Awards
Boeing Supplier of the Year Award
Each year, the Barrios EMY Award, named after our founder, Emyré Barrios Robinson, recognizes an employee who
contributes beyond the workplace in service to the community.
An employee whose efforts exemplify our Barrios Value of Social Responsibility, is committed to making a long-lasting
positive impact and doing good for society around them, and consistently demonstrates an unyielding dedication
to community service and improving the lives of others.
Sandy and her husband Doug, a retired Rockwell International program executive, have two daughters, Kelly and Lori, married to Jack and Vincenzo, and three grandsons – Jackson, Oliver, and Theodore. In her spare time, Sandy enjoys traveling, reading, walking, and playing with her precious grandsons.
Sandy believes that everyone should give back. She is a community champion and over the years has been involved in the leadership of several organizations:
- United Way of Greater Houston
- President of the Engineering and Science Foundation Board for Louisiana Tech University
- Development and Advisory Council for the University of Houston Clear Lake (UHCL)
- Clear Creek Education Foundation
- Communities in Schools – Bay Area
- Chairman of the Board of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Sandy’s community work has been widely recognized:
- UHCL Presidential Medal for outstanding contributions to the university and community (the third recipient of this award in the history of UHCL)
- Lifetime Achievement Award from The Houston Technology Center for her dedication and service to aerospace entrepreneurship.
- United Way of Greater Houston’s Robert W. Kneebone Volunteer of the Year Award (the highest honor given to a United Way volunteer acknowledging extraordinary leadership and commitment to community service)