President & CEO
Allegheny Science & Technology
As an entrepreneur, successful businesswoman, advisor, and mentor, Arria Hines is a recognized leader in West Virginia and in all the places where Allegheny Science & Technology
operates. Arria’s passion to mentor and give back to small businesses and the community show why and how she has become a powerful, collaborative leader in today’s complex and rapidly
evolving business and civic climate. Indeed, Arria’s most treasured asset is her ability to spark connections between individuals representing different organizations and interests with the
purpose of creating partnerships and alliances and generating forward momentum to “get things done” – and always with the goal of ensuring everyone benefits. Born and raised in Weston, West Virginia, Arria began her entrepreneurial journey over 30 years ago, earning her undergraduate degree in accounting at West Virginia Wesleyan College and then her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from West Virginia University. It was Arria’s enthusiasm and genuine, ever-present pleasant attitude – one that radiates a sincere passion to help people – that in 1989 led to the found her first company in the basement of her home. In the years that followed, she navigated a successful career as a program manager for companies such as SAIC, PRC and Ranger Golf Corporation, where she provided oversight for projects and operations exceeding $120 million annual revenue. Finally, in 2009, she cofounded Allegheny Science & Technology (AST).
Over the course of the next eight years, Arria turned AST into one of America’s fast-growing privately held companies, transforming it from a two-person company with one government
contract to one with nearly 240 employees and more than two dozen contracts across multiple federal agencies. As CEO and President of AST, Arria is an inspiring example for women CEOs in West Virginia and across the United States. In recognition of these achievements, in March 2016, the U.S. Business Administration (SBA) named Arria West Virginia’s 2016 Small Business Person of the Year. In March 2017, she was honored as TechConnect West Virginia’s 2017 “Spirit of Innovation Awards” Outstanding Woman in Technology. Most recently, Arria received the 2017 ‘Innovator of the Year’ Award from Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). Today, Arria resides in Lewis County, West Virginia with her husband. She is a dedicated contributor to her community – giving back with every opportunity and keeping a special focus on support for small businesses in West Virginia. Arria currently serves on the West Virginia University MBA Advisory Council, the I-79 Development Council and the West Virginia Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Council.