Believe in Change
Visionary Leader and Entrepreneur
Honors & Awards
2017 Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise
SmartCEO Magazine: 2016 Future 50 Award
Enterprising Women Magazine: 2014 Enterprising Women Award
Baltimore Sun: 50 Women to Watch
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University Board of Visitors
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Women Presidents' Organization, Baltimore Chapter
North Carolina Defense Business Association
International Facility Management Association
Women In Defense
National Facilities Management & Technology Association
Saint Ambrose Episcopal Church – Stewardship Committee Leader
Raleigh Chamber – Served as a Panelist and a member of the Annual Diversity Equity & Inclusion Conference Committee
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – An active member of the organization since 1992. Currently, a member of the Omega Lambda Omega Chapter in Raleigh, NC.
African American Affinity Group Ravenscroft School – Co-President
Be Crafty, Lovable, Systematic, and Relentless
Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously
Read Every Day
Believe in Change
Invest in Ideas That Matter
To have a friend, be a friend
Education, Education, Education
Trust your instinct
Sonja Hines is an active and involved leader at Akata Global and sets the company's vision and strategic direction. She is responsible for the management and oversight of Akata's global operations. Sonja is based at Akata's corporate office in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Sonja founded H&S Resources Corporation in 2006, which evolved into Akata Global in 2019. That company provided comprehensive technical support in the areas of facility operations and maintenance services, including process planning and consulting, HVAC/R, plumbing, electrical, preventive maintenance, construction, and logistics for federal and state government agencies, military, and enterprise customers.
Earlier, Sonja was responsible for Safety Hazard Program Development and Safety Hazard Mitigation Support for over 400 employees at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. These contracts were valued at $750 million and provided engineering and related services to the Mechanical Systems Division and the Applied Engineering & Technology Directorate, as required for the design, development, fabrication, integration, testing, verification, and operation of space flight and ground system hardware and software.
From 1993 to 1996, Sonja worked at Sandia National Laboratories as a Safety Engineer. Her innovations in general safety programs and construction consultation were critical in helping revise the agency's Construction Safety Manual.
Sonja graduated with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Occupational Safety & Health from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, and a master's degree in Safety & Systems Management from the School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.
Hazardous Waste Management
Akata Global Mar 2006 – PresentCEO | President and Owner. Sonja sets the company's vision and strategic direction and is responsible for the management and oversight of Akata's global operations. Sonja is based at Akata's corporate offices in Raleigh, North Carolina.
SGT, Inc. 2007 – 2011Safety Officer Provided safety hazard program development and safety hazard mitigation support for over 400 employees
Horne Engineering Services, Inc.-Aberdeen Proving Ground 2002 – 2004Safety Advisor Safety Advisor: Accelerated Bechtel Aberdeen Chemical Agent Disposal Facility -US Army Demilitarization Site to destroy United States Mustard Agent Stockpile.
Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. 2000 – 2002Safety & Environmental Affairs Professional Proposed, planned, organized, executed and ensured the quality of various occupational safety, industrial hygiene, and environmental protection programs including bloodborne pathogens, respiratory pathogens, laboratory chemical hygiene, ergonomics, radiation safety and biological safety.