Christina Couvillion is the owner and president of a Louisiana based marine transportation and construction company. During her leadership, along with the support of her loyal staff, the company has steadily grown 1200%.
After earning her BS in Microbiology from Louisiana State University in 1996, it wasn’t long before Ms. Couvillion found her true passion in the marine industry.
Established in 2005, Quality First Marine, a certified Woman-Owned Small Business, was started by Ms. Couvillion with just two employees, one boat, and a lot of hard work. Since its inception, QFM continues to reinvest in its business, its people, and the community, showing growth each year. The company currently employs 25-30 local residents and owns an extensive fleet of boats and other heavy equipment.
Instrumental in her growth and strategic business planning and operational strategies was the assistance she received from several local business resource providers, including Louisiana Economic Development. SBA, The Urban League’s Women’s Business Resource & Entrepreneurship Center, Louisiana Small Business Development Center, and Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
Ms. Couvillion serves as member and/or participates in the following organizations: Society of Military Engineers, 10K Goldman Sachs Alumni, SBA/ 8(a), DBE, Woman Business Enterprise National Council, National Minority Business Enterprise Southeastern, SBA Emerging Leaders 2014, Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, Plaquemines Associations Business and Industry, and Greater New Orleans Barge & Fleeting Association to name a few.
As a business owner and a single mother of three sons, Ms. Couvillion continues to take active roles in her community by using her business as a platform to contribute to the livelihood of Louisiana, donating to several local businesses and community efforts including St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, Hope House, Urban League of Greater New Orleans, Restore the Earth Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Link-Stryjewski, St. Tammany Humane Society, Innocence Project New Orleans, A Child’s Wish, Good Work Network, and Second Harvest Food Bank, among others.