2016 Women's Business Enterprise Stars Biographies

The WBE stars shared their insights and expertise with the WBENC community in a series of videos throughout the Salute. View the videos on YouTube.

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CAMILLE AUSTIN

PRESIDENT, ELITE ROOFING SERVICES, INC.               

 

“We always strive to do good work and are very honest, and we aim to provide clients with
roofing solutions that correct the cause, not the effect.” 

 

FOUNDED: 2004

WBENC-CERTIFIED: 2005

HEADQUARTERED: Tampa, FL

ABOUT: Elite Roofing Services, Inc. is a Florida roofing contractor, specializing in commercial, industrial, and residential roof installation and supplies.

AWARDS: 2012 DuroLast Master Contractor Quality
Award Winner; 2014 Dorothy B. Brothers Tuck
Business School Scholarship; 2015 Jim Moran/FSU
Entrepreneurship Scholarship

OTHER ROLES: Women’s Business Development Council
of Florida (WBDC) Volunteer

WEBSITE: www.eliteroofingservices.com

 

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MICHELLE BELL

CEO, 1ST CHOICE, LLC

 

“My business acumen has given me a keen understanding of how to bring together a team of
suppliers to respond with innovative strategies and processes that will increase our industry knowledge and build capacity to rival many large firms.” 

FOUNDED: 2000

WBENC-CERTIFIED: 2006

HEADQUARTERED: Silver Spring, MD

ABOUT: 1st Choice, LLC is a management consulting firm specializing in the delivery of program management that focuses on delivering innovative document and talent management solutions to organizations throughout the United States.

OTHER ROLES: NMSDC National Vice Chairperson;
Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) Advisory Forum;
Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council,Board Member;
Radio One Baltimore Minority Business Exchange, Advisory Board Member

OTHER CERTIFICATIONS: National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC);
Society of Human Resource Professionals (SHRM)

WEBSITE: www.1stchoicegov.com

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DOREEN BLADES

PRESIDENT, US ECO PRODUCTS CORPORATION

 

“My company has expanded and increased sales year over year. We have been able to expand
our offerings and take the risk of getting on contracts with the help of other WBEs. We offer
new products and have grown into new industries with the help of WBENC.”

 

FOUNDED: 2009

WBENC-CERTIFIED: 2012

HEADQUARTERED: Haverhill, MA

ABOUT: US Eco Products Corporation partners to deliver safe, effective, sustainable products and advisory services that help companies reduce their environmental impact. We are a one-stop shop for environmentally sustainable products, cleaning up and preventing environmental problems while making it profitable to be green.

WEBSITE: www.usecoproducts.com

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LINDA BOASMOND

PRESIDENT, CEDAR CONCEPTS CORPORATION

 

“Success depends on how well you react, adjust, prepare, and proceed with what is put in
front of you.” 

FOUNDED: 1991; acquired in 2004

WBENC-CERTIFIED: 2006

HEADQUARTERED: Chicago, IL

ABOUT: Cedar Concepts Corporation processes chemicals other companies use in products designed to enhance personal and work life, including surfactants, lubricants, and chemical intermediates.

AWARDS: Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Inductee – 2015;
Alliance for Illinois Manufacturers—2014 Manufacturer of the Year;
Women’s Business Development Center—2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Award;
Enterprising Magazine’s Enterprising Woman of the Year Award—2012;
Chicago Defender—Woman of Excellence 2015

WEBSITE: www.cedarconcepts.net

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ROSE ANN DARE

PRESIDENT, HYDRO DYNE INC

 

“My father’s core philosophy was “Our people are our greatest assets.” I believe my faith and also my trust in a strong team allowed Hydro Dyne to become a highly recognized and reliable resource to the industries we serve. Honesty, integrity, and the focus on exceeding our commitments to our customers have led to our success.” 

FOUNDED: 1967

WBENC-CERTIFIED: 1998

HEADQUARTERED: Massillon, OH

ABOUT: Hydro Dyne Inc. holds the ASME “U”, “S” and NBIC “R” stamps to design, engineer, and manufacture as well as provide field service and in-house repairof heat transfer equipment for the power generation, biomass, oil and gas, paper and pulp, petro-chemical, and other industries.

OTHER ROLES: Past President of Heat Exchange Institute (HEI);
past member KeyBank District Advisory Board and Key4Women National Advisory Board,
member of Affinity Medical Board, and graduate of Leadership Stark County, LPN.

WEBSITE: www.hydrodyneinc.com

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DEBBIE DRURY

PRESIDENT, MARKET DOCTORS DIRECT

 

“Being a 2016 WBE Star is emotional, exciting confirmation and proof that if we focus on our
dreams and goals and keep faith, we can accomplish an exceptional reward and blessing.” 

FOUNDED: 1998

WBENC-CERTIFIED: 2011

HEADQUARTERED: Houston, TX

ABOUT: Market Doctors Direct is the industry leader in marketing and advertising, specializing in direct mail, branding, and digital marketing solutions. They combine experience, creativity, and technology to provide superior results for every campaign.

WEBSITE: www.marketdoctors.com

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JOAN LAGRASSE

CEO, IMAGEN, LLC

 

“We make it a point to understand our clients’ brands, where they are going, and what theyare trying to achieve. From that point, our ‘Imagenations’ soar.” 

FOUNDED: 1996; acquired in 2002

WBENC-CERTIFIED: 2010

HEADQUARTERED: Nashville, TN

ABOUT: Imagen, LLC is a creative agency specializing in exhibits that express their clients’ unique brands. Their award-winning team of engineers, strategists, and artisans create environments where companies can measurably educate, engage, and inspire audiences to action.

WEBSITE: www.imagenanything.com

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JENNIFER MAIER

CEO, WOMEN’S DISTRIBUTION SERVICES

 

“Do what you can to help your customer achieve more than they expect.” 

FOUNDED: 2007

WBENC-CERTIFIED: 2008

HEADQUARTERED: Lake Wylie, SC

ABOUT: WDS is an international supply chain management company with certified warehousing and distribution with 22 locations across the United States and Canada. We provide a secure supply chain for manufacturing industries, with 24/7 and just-in-time deliveries, as well as real-time inventory data, trending, forecasting, global sourcing, automation engineering, and facility auditing.

AWARDS: 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award;
2013 Women in Business Achievement Award;
2014 WPO Fastest 50, 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year;
2015 Inc. Magazine Impact 50

WEBSITE: www.womends.com

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MARGARET MARCUCCI

CEO, CORANET CORP

 

“Since becoming WBENC-Certified, CorAnet has grown organically by over 300 percent. As a WBE with access to resources and partnerships, we can be innovators, advocates for other women, and more effective community members, enabling us to realize our full market potential.” 

FOUNDED: 1987; acquired in 2004

WBENC-CERTIFIED: 2004

HEADQUARTERED: New York, NY

ABOUT: CorAnet is a technology services company that provides enterprise, government, and midmarket organizations with a wide range of extremely dependable, cost-effective, and first-rate infrastructure services.

AWARDS: 2015 Recipient of the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO) Star Award; 2014 WPEO Done Deals Access New York City Award;
WBE Done Deals Champion Award

WEBSITE: www.coranet.com

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SUSAN MUNRO

PRESIDENT, HYBRID COLLECTIVE

 

“You have to look at your WBENC certification like a gym membership: You only get out of
it what you put into it. Look at opportunities to do WBE-to-WBE business—there are more
opportunities then just trying to reach corporations.” 

FOUNDED: 2009

WBENC-CERTIFIED: 2012

HEADQUARTERED: Marina Del Rey, CA

ABOUT: Hybrid is a multicultural marketing and branded content creative studio. Hybrid offers creative/marketing strategy development, live action production, and post-production for general, Asian, Hispanic, African American, and LGBT markets with offices in California and Austin, TX.

WEBSITE: www.hybridcollective.tv

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CARRIE MARTINEZ

PRESIDENT, CM PRODUCTIONS, INC.

 

“Technology has had a huge impact on how we do business, but our core knowledge of
storytelling transcends technology.” 

FOUNDED: 2000

WBENC-CERTIFIED: 2010

HEADQUARTERED: Dallas, TX

ABOUT: CM Productions tells intelligent visual stories. CM Productions, Inc. is an award-winning, full-service, script-to-screen, video production company based in Dallas, Texas.

WEBSITE: www.cmproductions.tv

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CAROL PHILP

PRESIDENT, CPI CREATIVE

 

“I cannot emphasize enough the role that persistence plays in growing a business. Building
trusted relationships takes time, but these relationships provide the foundation for future
opportunities that can surpass your wildest expectations.” 

FOUNDED: 1994

WBENC-CERTIFIED: 2003

HEADQUARTERED: Pittsburgh, PA

ABOUT: CPI Creative is a collaborative marketing partner specializing in custom product development and manufacturing, promotional products, logoed apparel, and headwear—all supported by in-house graphic designers and product specialists.

WEBSITE: www.cpicreative.com

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SERAFINA SCHORER

CEO, RIM CUSTOM RACKS

 

“Our WBENC Certification has helped open many doors for us with customers that have WBE
initiatives, such as Ford, FCA, and BMW.” 

FOUNDED: 1978

WBENC-CERTIFIED: 2010

HEADQUARTERED: Detroit, MI

ABOUT: RIM Custom Racks is a leader in the material handling industry. RIM sets itself apart from its competition by offering the full life cycle of returnable and expandable racks and containers for automotive, agricultural, and recreational parts, including concept, design, prototype, fabrication, modification, repair, and reuse.

WEBSITE: www.rimcustomracks.com

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KELLY SPARKS

FOUNDER/CEO, VMG/STUDIO520

 

“Through the years, VMG has grown in stature and size, moving into a beautiful, 7,200-square-foot creative space complete with a full studio.
We serve the Fortune 500 as
well as small family businesses, and our work has taken us around the world.” 

FOUNDED: 2004

WBENC-CERTIFIED: 2012

HEADQUARTERED: Bellevue, WA

ABOUT: VMG is a unique hybrid of creative marketing agency and video production company. From the beginning, VMG created a team to bring all services in-house.

AWARDS: 2015 Emmy for Directing; 22 Telly Awards and an Addy

WEBSITE: www.vmgstudio520.com

 

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