Enterprising Women Magazine Announces 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winners

Prestigious Awards Program Recognizes World’s Top Women Entrepreneurs

RALEIGH, N.C. Dec 7, 2015 – Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women magazine, has announced the winners of the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, an annual tribute to the world’s top women entrepreneurs. Honorees will be recognized at the 14th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference, Sunday, February 28 to Tuesday, March 1 at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove in Miami, Florida.

The annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners. To win, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. Many of the honorees also serve as leaders of the key organizations that support the growth of women’s entrepreneurship.

Award winners were recognized in seven categories this year: annual sales revenues of more than $100 million; annual sales revenues of more than $25 million and up to $100 million; annual sales revenues of more than $10 million and up to $25 million; annual sales revenues of more than $5 million and up to $10 million; annual sales revenues of more than $2 million and up to $5 million; annual sales revenues of more than $1 million and up to $2 million; and annual sales revenues of up to $1 million.

Winners in the “over $100 million in annual revenues” category:

• Pamela Evette, Quality Business Solutions, Inc., Travelers Rest, South Carolina

• Nina Vaca, Pinnacle Group, Dallas, Texas

• Ahu Serter, FARPLAS Holding, Sekerpinar Kocaeli, Turkey

• Marti Hedge, Edge Solutions and Consulting Inc., Westlake Village, California

Winners in the “over $25 million and up to $100 Million in annual revenues” category:

• Kathy Feng, Suntex Sunyin USA Inc., Walnut, California

• Beverly A. Bailey, Stronghold Engineering, Inc., Riverside, California

• Bonnie C. Carroll, Information International Associates, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

• Kristi Alford, E2 Optics, Englewood, Colorado

• Kristy Knichel, Knichel Logistics, Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

• Regina Mellinger, Primary Services, Houston, Texas

• Heather Sanderson, Overture Promotions, Vernon Hills, Illinois

• Gina Stone, Semper Electric, Inc., Templeton, California

• Margaret Marcucci, Coranet Corp, New York, New York

• Diane Dupuis, The Dupuis Langen Group, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

• Patricia A. Miller, SpaceBound, Inc., LaGrange, Ohio

• Mary Waring, Western Logistics Inc., Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

• Tracy Doyle and Angela Fiordilino, Phoenix Marketing Solutions, Providence, New Jersey

• Bonnie Spencer Swayze, Alliance Rubber Company, Hot Springs, Arkansas

• Leslie Meingast, TPD, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

• Leigh Ann Sayen, The Peterson Company, Kalamazoo, Michigan

• Teresa Katubig, Extra Help, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri

• Kate Lindsey, Alpha Corporation, Dulles, Virginia

Winners in the “over $10 million and up to $25 Million in annual revenues” category:

• Carol Nance, Nance Industries Inc., Calhoun, Georgia

• Pamela Kan, Bishop-Wisecarver, Pittsburg, California

• Mila Golovine, MasterWord Services, Houston, Texas

• Simona Faroni, G.S. Gelato, Fort Walton Beach, Florida

• Millie Maddocks, Mac Medical Supply, Munster, Indiana

• Jan Allen, PayTech, Greenwood Village, Colorado

• Sally Hughes, Caster Connection, Columbus, Ohio

• Cheryl Lubbert, Health Perspectives Group, Seattle, Washington

• Staci L. Redmon, Strategy and Management Services, Inc., Springfield, Virginia

• Adrianne Weissman, Evelyn & Arthur, Riviera Beach, Florida

• Maureen Shea, Right Management Florida/Caribbean, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

• Jill Frey, Cummins Facility Services, Prospect, Ohio

• Anoosheh Oskouian, Ship & Shore Environmental Inc., Signal Hill, California

• Audrey Taylor, netlogx, LLC, Indianapolis, Indiana

• Karen Clark Cole, Blink UX, Seattle, Washington

• Fran Dichner, Aries Group, Inc., Beverly, Massachusetts

Winners in the “over $5 million and up to $10 Million in annual revenues” category:

• Christine Lantinen, Maud Borup Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota

• Maureen O’Connor, LEM Products Inc., Doylestown, Pennyslvania

• Jennifer Arenson, Global Sourcing Connection, Riverwoods, Illinois

• Lisa Firestone, Managed Care Advisors, Bethesda, Maryland

• Neslihan Hidirligil, It’s Always Christmas in New York, New York, New York

• Susan Frech, Social Media Link, New York, New York

• Lorri Fairchild, AIT Worldwide Logistics

• Ana Fernandez-Parmet, Parmetech Inc., Havertown, Pennyslvania

• Belinda Coleman, The Coleman Group Inc., Lanham, Maryland

• Teresa Lawrence, Delta Personnel, Metairie, Louisiana

• Marsha Murray, Murray Resources, Houston, Texas

• Danielle Wilson, Aero Jet Medical, Georgetown, Texas

• Sandra Isabel Correia, Novacortica, SA, Algarve, Portugal

Winners in the “over $2 million and up to $5 million in annual revenues” category:

• Charlotte Kamugisha, Bunyonyi Safaris Ltd., Kampala, Uganda

• Janice Jucker, Three Brothers Bakery, Houston, Texas

• Sarah Endline, sweetriot, Brooklyn, New York

• Melanie Hoggard, AR Fresh Mex, Inc., North Little Rock, Arkansas

• Tamara Nall, The Leading Niche, New York, New York

• Komal Goyal, 6e Technologies, Broomfield, Colorado

• Tracy Craig, Craig Communications Inc., Oakland, California

• Donnette Thomas, World Trade Autosports, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina

• Robin Franks, TGE Resources, Inc., Houston, Texas

• Leslie Vickrey, ClearEdge Marketing, Chicago, Illinois

• Deborah Stallings, HR Anew, Columbia, Maryland

• Shanthi Rajaram, Amazech Solutions LLC, Frisco, Texas

• A.J. Drexler, Campos Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

• Raja B. Marhaba, Martec Construction, Inc., Granada Hills, California

• Connie Golleher, The Golleher Group, LLC, McLean, Virginia

• Autumn Manning, YouEarnedIt, Austin, Texas

• Jennifer Mwijukye, Unifreight Cargo Handling Ltd., Kampala, Uganda

• Maribel Koella, NAI Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee

• Rosemary Swierk, Direct Steel and Construction, Crystal Lake, Illinois

• Julia Knight, Julia Knight Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota

• Sarah Sajedi, ERA Environmental Management Solutions, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

Winners in the “over $1 million and up to $2 million in annual revenues” category:

• Teresa Knight, Women’s Health Specialists of St Louis, St Louis, Missouri

• Ghada Darwish, PIZA Industrial Supplies Co., Cairo, Egypt

• Lisa A. Goodbee, PE Goodbee Associates, Centennial, Colorado

• Andrea Herrera, Amazing Edibles Gourmet Catering, Chicago, Illinois

• Eva Niewiadomski, Catalyst Ranch, Chicago, Illinois

• Angelique Rewers, The Corporate Agent, Boca Raton, Florida

• Lynn Sutton, Kairos Consulting Worldwide, Chicago, Illinois

• Michelle Yeh, GREEN & Gorgeous, Shanghai, China

• Stacey Stratton, True Talent Group, Edina, Minnesota

Marilyn Volpe, The Madison Consulting Group, New York, New York

• Emma Davidson, Affinity Capital Limited, London, United Kingdom

• Jennifer Kearney, Gotham Energy 360 LLC, New York, New York

• Mary Frantz, Enterprise Knowledge Partners, Minneapolis, Minnesota

• Patrina M. Clark, Pivotal Practices Consulting LLC, Greenbelt, Maryland

• Almira Bardai & Lindsay Nahmiache, Jive Communications, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

• Ferose Oaten, AVTS Roadworthy Stations, Cape Town, South Africa

Lasenta Lewis-Ellis, LLE Construction Group, LLC, Columbia, South Carolina

• Marnie Ochs-Raleigh, Evolve Systems, St. Paul, Minnesota

Winners in the “up to $1 million in annual revenues” category:

• Stephanie M. Scotti, Professionally Speaking Consulting, LLC, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

• Joyce Ann Miller, Ph.D., KeyStone Research Corporation, Erie, Pennsylvania

Royalyn B. Reid, Consumer & Market Insights, Dallas, Texas

• Katie Dolan Dix, Capannari Ice Cream, Mount Prospect, Illinois

• Sophia Fouzia Leaguedi, Ameroc Export Inc., Glenview, Illinois

• Rebecca Geller, The Geller Law Group, Fairfax, Virginia

• Lara Hodgson, NOW Corp., Atlanta, Georgia

• Farrah Qureshi, Global Diversity Practice, Saltaire, United Kingdom

• Patricia Maldonado, Nanay SRL, Bolivia, South America

The 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference will bring together dynamic women business owners from North America and around the world for two full days of top-notch workshops, networking opportunities, corporate sponsor exhibits, and awards presentations. The celebration will shine the spotlight on honorees, with award presentations at the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Gala Dinner. During the annual “Hall of Fame Luncheon,” two women entrepreneurs will be inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame, an outstanding nonprofit will receive the 2016 Advocacy Award, and one woman will be recognized with the 2016 Legacy Award.

The event is open to award honorees, corporate supporters, members of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board, VIPs in the women’s business community, readers of Enterprising Women magazine, and members of the many partner organizations affiliated with Enterprising Women.

Partner organizations represented on the Enterprising Women Advisory Board and supporting the 2016 event include:

• The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)

• Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)

• Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

• National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

• National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC)

• Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW)

• The Global Initiative for Women’s Entrepreneurship Research

• Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)

• Quantum Leaps

• Springboard Enterprise

• UnitedSucces

• National Association of Women REO Brokerages (NAWRB)

• Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC)/Women Entrepreneurs Inc. (WE)

• Women’s Leadership Exchange

• The International Alliance for Women (TIAW)

• Asian Women in Business (AWIB)

• eWomenNetwork (EWN)

• Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC)


“The recipients of the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Award represent an amazing group of women entrepreneurs from across the United States and as far away as China, Egypt, South Africa, Uganda, the United Kingdom and Portugal. We could not be more proud to recognize their accomplishments as CEOs of fast-growth companies, community leaders, and role models and mentors to other women and girls. We look forward to shining the spotlight on them at our 14th annual awards event in late February,” Monica Smiley, Publisher/CEO of Enterprising Women, said.

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WASHINGTON, DC — Enterprising Women has announced its partnership with the “Million Women Mentors” (MWM) initiative, which was launched January 8, 2014 during National Mentoring Month at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The initiative will support the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors – male and female – to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.

As a part of the Million Women Mentors initiative, the Enterprising Women Foundation, together with Enterprising Women magazine, will host the first annual Enterprising Women Foundation National Mentorship Luncheon. STEM Connector and the National Girls Collaborative Project are supporting partners for the luncheon, which will be held January 24 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Additional supporting partners include: Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP); the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO); the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO); the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW); Count Me In (CMI); and the Women’s Leadership Exchange (WLE).

In the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs. Today, 80% of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend on mastery of mathematics and knowledge and skills in hard sciences. While women comprise 48% of the U.S. workforce, just 24% are in STEM fields, a statistic that has held constant for nearly the last decade. While 75% of all college students are women and students of color, they represent only 45% of STEM degrees earned each year. Too many of these young women begin in a STEM degree program, but leave those degree paths despite good academic standing, often citing uncomfortable classroom experiences and a disconcerting climate. Even when women earn a STEM degree, they are less likely than their male counterparts to work in a STEM field, despite the fact that STEM jobs pay more and have a lower wage gap (92 cents on a dollar versus 75 cents in other fields).

Enterprising Women has a strong interest in encouraging girls to consider entrepreneurship in STEM-based industries or fields, according to Monica Smiley, publisher/CEO of Enterprising Women and founder/president of the Enterprising Women Foundation. “Many of the women on the Enterprising Women Advisory Board have built strong, innovative businesses in STEM-based fields, and we are extremely interested in providing mentors and role models for young women who want to follow that path,” Smiley said.

Million Women Mentors is a collective effort of more than 40 non-profit, media, educational, and governmental industry partners and nine corporate sponsors.

To become involved with Enterprising Women magazine or Million Women Mentors, visit www.EnterprisingWomen.com and www.MillionWomenMentors.org.

Tickets for the January 24th Enterprising Women Foundation National Mentorship Luncheon may be purchased through Eventbrite at: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-enterprising-women-foundation-national-mentorship-luncheon-tickets-9700493437.

About Enterprising Women Magazine:
Enterprising Women magazine (www.enterprisingwomen.com), headquartered in Cary, NC, is the nation’s only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners. Celebrating its 14th anniversary in 2014, the publication chronicles the growing political, economic and social influence and power of entrepreneurial women. Enterprising Women provides a friendly meeting place, a public forum, and an international stage for the critical issues confronting women’s businesses and daily lives, all from the unique perspectives and experiences of entrepreneurial women. The magazine’s digital edition, launched in 2008, reaches nearly one million top-level women entrepreneurs in 185 countries around the globe.

Social Media Links:

• Facebook: www.facebook.com/EnterprisingWomen
• Twitter: www.twitter.com/EWMagazine
• LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/groups/Enterprising-Women-Magazine-4470189

About Million Women Mentors®(MWM):
Million Women Mentors®(MWM, https://www.millionwomenmentors.org) is a collective national campaign and program with the purpose of captivating one million mentors to link with one million girls and young professionals for their STEM careers. Through its efforts MWM works to showcase existing best practice and suggestions for the future. Utilizing a technology portal built in three phases and developed in collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services, MWM technology will enable mentor services for the nation. The MWM website and program was launched January 8, 2014. The program is a collective effort of founding partners including 35 non-profits and major corporations and will also reach government agencies. MWM is an initiative of STEMconnector®, a company which works closely with corporations and other organizations to assist in corporate development, corporate structure and smart STEM investments.

Social Media Links:

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Million-Women-Mentors/242194875940778
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/MillionWMentors
• Google+: https://plus.google.com/110565554118511414949?prsrc=3

ABOUT STEMconnector®:
STEMconnector® (http://www.stemconnector.org) is THE information resource and source of best practices – The one-stop for Who’s Doing What in STEM Education and STEM jobs. STEMconnector®’s web site contains 6,500 profiles of stakeholders in STEM Education. STEMconnector®’s purpose is to map STEM activity of organizations, government, private sector, education, associations, diversity, and women. STEMconnector® overall works through collaboration with its members and partners. Members are in all sectors. STEM Council meetings are offered three times a year to members and these are business, government, education and non-profits.

Social Media Links:

• Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stemconnector
• Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/stemconnector
• LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4123863&mostPopular=&trk=tyah
• Google+: https://plus.google.com/110561112402950457829/posts

Nuestra visión

Imagine una comunidad de personas, de más de 10 millones y creciendo, en la que cada persona es pionera, vanguardista, innovadora y visionaria.

Estas son las mujeres empresarias de hoy, quienes representan casi la mitad de todos los propietarios de pequeñas empresas en Estados Unidos, y que siguen abriendo negocios en cifras récord.

Las mujeres están creando, desarrollando y dirigiendo las empresas más dinámicas de Estados Unidos. Por el camino, con frecuencia adoptando grandes riesgos y contra todo pronóstico, han roto moldes y estereotipos arraigados, y han redefinido el significado de liderazgo y éxito.

No hace mucho, las mujeres propietarias de negocios eran prácticamente invisibles y trabajaban en una cierta oscuridad. Hoy, sus cifras indican que se trata de un grupo emergente, poderoso y con cada vez mayor fuerza política y económica, algo que será esencial para perfilar un futuro aún más brillante para Estados Unidos.

Y es esta comunidad a la que se consagra Enterprising Women. Nuestra misión es reflejar y amplificar las voces de las mujeres empresarias; compartir sus historias de riesgo y éxito; relatar su cada vez mayor influencia y poder políticos, económicos y sociales; celebrar sus triunfos; aportar soluciones a sus problemas; e identificar y promover una nueva generación de líderes, y de modelos y mentores de las líderes del mañana.

Un cordial lugar para reunirse
Cada número de la revista Enterprising Women es como reunirse con un viejo amigo. Brindamos un cordial lugar para reunirse, un foro público y una plataforma internacional para los asuntos de vital importancia a los que se enfrentan los negocios y las vidas diarias de las mujeres —a partir de la perspectiva y las experiencias únicas de las mujeres empresarias. Escrita por mujeres empresarias para mujeres empresarias, somos la voz de este grupo de mujeres —que se atreven a pensar a lo grande, a dar el salto y a perseguir sus sueños.

Descubra un poderoso mercado emergente
Como impulsoras de la nueva economía, las propietarias de negocios crean más puestos de trabajo en EE. UU. que todas las empresas Fortune 500 combinadas. Una de cada 11 mujeres adultas en EE. UU. es empresaria, y cada minuto, cinco mujeres abren un negocio en este país.

Enterprising Women se centra en este mercado dinámico y creciente, ofreciendo una revista que se dirige directamente a las mujeres empresarias. ¿Quiere tener acceso a las propietarias de negocios más importantes del país? No hay mejor lugar para hacerlo que en la revista Enterprising Women.

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Enterprising Women Foundation Mentoring Initiative
Celebrating and Inspiring the Next Generation of Young Enterprising Women

The Enterprising Women Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to advance the growth of women’s entrepreneurship in the United States and around the globe.

The EWF has embarked on a major initiative to connect high school girls with outstanding women entrepreneurs in their communities to educate, inspire, and mentor them on entrepreneurship, with a special emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) opportunities.

The Foundation has a five-year goal to host mentorship events in 100 U.S. cities over the next five years.

Be A Mentor

Enterprising Women is a partner in the new Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative.

The initiative supports the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors — women and men — to increase the interest and confidence of young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.

Read the full news release.


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