ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Finalist: Nicole Savage

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce you to the finalists who have been selected for the 2017 ATHENA® Awards. We will bring you profiles of each finalist in the weeks ahead, leading up to the awards ceremony luncheon on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

So come back often and you’ll learn what it means to be an Athena. And be sure to save the date – March 30 – to attend the awards luncheon.

Interested in attending the ATHENA Luncheon on Thursday, March 30th? Click here to register

nicole-savageNicole Savage
President & CEO
Nature’s Way Environmental

Nicole is the owner and president of Nature’s Way Environmental, an Alden-based corporation providing streamlined, cost-effective petroleum remediation services across upstate New York. She manages all aspects of operations including client relations, contract management, estimating/bidding, scheduling, job costing, personnel management, purchasing and financial planning/management. Her company specializes in comprehensive environmental remediation including bio-remediation, soil excavation/disposal, in-situ and ex-situ remediation, tank removals and installs, environmental and geotechnical drilling, and fuel systems maintenance and full installs.

First Job Out of School

Out of high school, Nicole was a sales associate at Kay Jewelers and her first job out of college was as a counselor for victims of domestic violence, working from the YWCA of Niagara.

 Career Highlights

 Nicole says one of her career highlights was when her company specifically hit its most profitable years under her tenure. The company has also been able to take part in some large projects that are helping to shape the new face of Buffalo such as drilling/subsurface investigation for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and research studies for the waterfront.

On Buffalo Niagara

“We have four beautiful seasons, amazing natural resources, and accessibility to many great places easily such as New York City and Canada.”

Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career

You don’t have to know everything in order to be successful. To be quick with making decisions – time is our most valuable commodity. And more than anything, to remember that it is just a career – anything can happen in an instant, and change is inevitable – remember to enjoy this life while you have it.

 About Being an Athena Finalist

“This is a very humbling experience. The small impacts I may have made in our construction industry have really been very much group efforts. I have been supported by many people over the past 9-10 years. And I have had several mentors over the years, and it has only been through their generosity and teachings that I have made it to where I am today. So to be included in a group of women who are as accomplished, selfless and impressive as this group, is truly humbling.”