Enterprising Woman spring 2017

ENTERPRISING WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS Winners with Over $5 Million in Annual Revenues Renee Radabaugh Paragon Events Delray Beach, FL Renee Radabaugh is the president and managing director of Paragon Events Inc., a Delray Beach, FL-based meeting and event planning company, with additional offices in Orlando, Los Angeles, Richmond, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC. The company has 30 employees and achieved 2016 revenues of $10 million. Renee has over 30 years of experience in the event planning and event marketing industry, specializing in corporate, government, nonprofit, healthcare and high-end social events, as well as large-scale meetings, conferences and trade shows. She expanded her company by adding Cultural Explorations Cuba after an intriguing trip to Cuba and now handles everything from pre-planning to post-trip recap, creating wonderful experiences for her clients. WBENC certified, Renee belongs to a number of industry associations, including Meeting Professionals International, Associated Luxury Hotels International, Green Meeting Industry Council, and many others. She gives back through an internationally recognized internship program that provides real world experience to help shape and prepare the next generation. She counts her fearless and talented mother as her number one mentor. Pam du Plessis Invincible Valves (Pty) Ltd. Gauteng, South Africa Pam du Plessis is managing director of Invincible Valves, a South African manufacturer and supplier of rubber line and reconditioned industrial valves for the mining, petro-chemical, gas, water, and general industry. Pam purchased a share of the company in 2013 and took over as managing director at that time, sending shock waves through the male dominated South African mining industry, which she calls “technical, robust, and hardcore.” The 34-year-old business has 40 employees and had 2016 revenues of $9.6 million. Pam is a member of UnitedSucces and volunteers with Vital Voices. She has a background in accounting and previously managed a rehabilitation hospital in Auckland Park. She also managed a family-owned transportation business prior to moving to Invincible Valves. Pam gives back to her community through her involvement in wellness initiatives, including free TB testing and education, and annual HIV AIDS days for testing and AIDS prevention education. She mentors through a local high school, encouraging girls to enter the engineering sector, and mentors several women business owners who are in the start-up phase of their businesses. She credits her father as her role model for commitment and passion, and her husband for encouraging her through failure and success. Elisabete Miranda CQ fluency Hackensack, NJ Elisabete Miranda is president of CQ fluency, a translation and interpretation service based in Hackensack, NJ with 24 employees and $9 million in 2016 revenues. Elisabete founded the business 16 years ago at a time when she was not fluent in English. Originally from Brazil, she immigrated to the United States and recalls that it was a frustrating and frightening time as she adjusted to the new language and culture. Through hard work, determination and tenacity, she mastered the language and built her company into a fast-growing, successful business. WBENC-certified, she is a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization and the Entrepreneurs Organization of New Jersey, among other organizations. Elisabete believes in mentoring other women entrepreneurs and is currently working with two mentees. Her company provides pro bono services to diverse communities, purchases from diverse suppliers, and has a robust internship program. A big, bold thinker, she plans to triple her company in size over the next five years. 50 enterprising Women