Women's Business Enterprise Stars: 2008, 2009 & 2010 Recipients

WBENC WBE Stars are recognized for leadership in their respective local business communities, inspiration to other women business owners, and active roles at the helm of successful certified businesses.

 

WBENC'S 2010 Women's Business Enterprise Stars

WBENC's 2010 Women's Business Enterprise Stars were recognized at WBENC's Summit & Salute to Women's Business Enterprises for leadership in their respective local business communities, inspiration to other women business owners, and active roles at the helm of successful certified businesses. 


View  the 2010 WBE Stars Video or click on any Business Star's name to view her biography. 

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Standing, L to R: Pamela Williamson - Executive Director, Women's Business Enterprise Council-West; Susan Rittscher - CEO & President, Center for Women & Enterprise; Geri Swift - President, Women's Business Enterprise Council-PA-DE-sNJ; Liz Cullen - Executive Director, Women's Presidents' Educational Organization-DC; Rea Waldon - Executive Director, Ohio River Valley-Women's Business Council; Marsha Firestone - President & Founder, Women's Presidents' Educational Organization-NY; Susan Repka - Executive Director, Women's Business Enterprise Alliance; Pamela Prince-Eason, WBENC Board Chair and Vice President, Worldwide Procurement, Pfizer Inc; Debbie Hurst - President, Women's Business Council-Southwest; Diane McClelland, President, Astra Women's Business Alliance; Michelle Richards - President, Women's Business Enterprise Council-Great Lakes; Nancy Allen - President & CEO, Women's Business Development Center-Florida; Linda Denny - WBENC President & CEO; Blanca Robinson - President, Women's Business Enterprise Council South; Roz Lewis - Executive Director, Greater Women's Business Council. Not pictured: Carol Dougal & Hedy Ratner - Co-Presidents, Women's Business Development Center-Chicago.

Seated, L to R: WBE Stars Laurie Travis - President, LT Evention; Kari Heistad - CEO, Culture Coach; Judith Zimmermann - President & CEO, Artcraft & Foremost; Jennifer Collins - President, The Event Planning Group; Katherine Mlakar - Chairman of the Board, The Millcraft Paper Company; Julie Levi - President, Progressive Promotions, Inc.; Sue Pistone - CEO/President, Sue Pistone & Associates; Kimberly Holstein - President/CEO and CIO, Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels; Terri Quinton - President, Q2 Marketing Group; Denise Kanaar - CEO, D & D Logistics LLC; Sandy Hunter - President, Hunter Hawk; Claudette Stroble - President, Orlando Conference Management Group, Inc.; Michele Vignes - President/CEO, Universal Personnel, LLC; LaSonya Berry - CEO, McPherson, Berry & Associates, Inc.


LASONYA BERRY
CEO
McPherson, Berry & Associates, Inc.
Representing Greater
Women's Business
Council

JENNIFER COLLINS
President
The Event Planning Group 
Representing Women Presidents' Educational Organization-DC


KARI HEISTAD
CEO
Culture Coach International
Representing the Center for Women & Enterprise

KIMBERLY HOLSTEIN
President/CEO and CIO (Chief Inspiration Officer)
Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels
Representing Women's Business Development Center-Chicago

 


SANDY HUNTER
President
Hunter Hawk, Inc.
Representing Astra Women's Business 
Alliance

DENISE KANAAR
CEO
D & D Logistics LLC
Representing Women's Business Enterprise
Council - Great Lakes


JULIE LEVI
President
Progressive Promotions, Inc.
Representing Women Presidents' Educational Organization-NY

KATHERINE MLAKAR
Chairman of the Board
The Millcraft Paper Company
Representing Ohio River Valley Women's
Business Council


SUE PISTONE
CEO/President
Sue Pistone & Associates
Representing Women's Business Enterprise Alliance

TERRI QUINTON
President
Q2 Marketing Group
Representing Women's Business Council-Southwest


CLAUDETTE STROBLE
President
Orlando Conference Management Group, Inc.
Representing Women's Business Development Center-Florida

LAURIE TRAVIS
President
LTevention
Representing Women's Business Enterprise
Council-West


MICHELE VIGNES
President/CEO
Universal Personnel, LLC
Representing Women's Business Enterprise
Council - South

JUDITH ZIMMERMANN
President & CEO
Artcraft & Foremost
Representing Women's Business Enterprise
Council-PA-DE-sNJ


WBENC'S 2009 Women's Business Enterprise Stars 

  • Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, Ph.D., President and Managing Director, Kommon Denominator, Inc., representing Women's Presidents' Education Organization-Washington, DC. www.kommondenominator.com

  • Dana Chryst, Chief Executive Officer, The Jay Group, representing Women's Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ. www.jaygroup.com

  • Pamela Hardy, President, Owe No Man Marketing, LLC, representing Women's Business Enterprise Council Great Lakes. www.onmm.com

  • Kayhan Hellriegel, Chief Executive Officer, Kayhan International, Ltd., representing Women's Business Development Center-Chicago. www.kayhan.com

  • Sandra L. James, President, Private Eyes, Inc., representing Astra Women's Business Alliance. www.privateeyesinc.com

  • Patricia Rodriguez Christian, CRC Group, Inc., representing Women's Business Council-Southwest. www.crcbusinessservices.com

  • Marlene Kelly, CEO and President, Exhibits South, representing Georgia Women's Business Council. www.exhibitssouth.com

  • Cheryl W. Snead, President and CEO, Banneker Industries, Inc., representing Center for Women & Enterprise. www.banneker.com

  • Janice Pellar, President, EMCO Technologies, representing Women's Business Enterprise Council South. www.emcotechnologies.com

  • Lisa Torcasio, President and CEO, Torcasio Sales & Marketing, Inc., representing Women's Business Enterprise Alliance. www.torcasiosales.com

  • April Stremming, President and CEO, April's Images & Productions, representing Women's Business Enterprise Council-West. www.aprilsimages.com

  • Katherin Nukk-Freeman, Esq., Co-founder and CEO, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C., representing Women's Presidents' Education Organization-New York. www.nfclegal.com

  • Amelia Rodriguez, President & CEO, Vocalink Language Services, representing Ohio River Valley Women's Business Council. www.vocalink.net

  • Christina Fischer, President, The Fischer Group, representing Women's Business Development Center-Florida. www.thefischergroup.com


2008 Women's Business Enterprise Stars


Left to right: Andra Rush, Owner, Rush Trucking; Pamela O'Rourke, President, ICON Information Consultants, LP; Nancy Williams, Principal, ASAP; Linda Denny, President and CEO, WBENC; Kathy White, CEO, Facilitech Inc.; Michelle Boggs, Chief Executive Officer, McKinley Marketing Partners; Carolyn Gable, President, New Age Transportation, Distribution & Warehousing Inc.; Lori Davis, President, RIG-CHEM, Inc.; Lynne Marie Finn, President, Superior Staff Resources, Inc.; Margarita Gonzalez, CEO, AccuBANKER; Michele Finn Johnson, President, Artemis Consulting Group, Inc.; Roxann Patrick, President, Designed Solutions Group, Inc.; Sandy Lish, Principal/Founder, The Castle Group, Inc.; Olsa Martini, President, Olsa Resources, Inc. and Julie Copeland, President and CEO, Arbill.

MICHELLE BOGGS, Chief Executive Officer
McKinley Marketing Partners
Representing Women Presidents' Educational Organization DC-Washington, DC www.mckinleymarketingpartners.com

JULIE COPELAND, President and CEO
Arbill Safety Products
Representing Women's Business Enterprise Council-Philadelphia, PA
www.arbill.com

LORI DAVIS, President
RIG-CHEM, Inc.
Representing Women's Business Council Gulf Coast-New Orleans, LA
www.rigchem.com

LYNNE MARIE FINN, President
Superior Staff Resources, Inc.
Representing Women Presidents' Educational Organization-New York City, NY
www.superior-sdc.com


CAROLYN GABLE, President
New Age Transportation, Distribution & Warehousing Inc.
Representing Women's Business Development Center-Chicago, IL www.newagetransportation.com

MARGARITA GONZALEZ, CEO
AccuBANKER
Representing Women's Business Development Center-Miami, FL
www.accubanker.com


MICHELE FINN JOHNSON, President
Artemis Consulting Group, Inc.
Representing Women's Business Enterprise Council-Phoenix, AZ
www.artemisgroup.net

SANDY LISH, Principal/Founder
The Castle Group, Inc.
Representing the Center for Women & Enterprise-Boston, MA
www.thecastlegrp.com


OLSA MARTINI, President
Olsa Resources, Inc.
Representing Astra Women's Business Alliance-Portland, OR
www.olsaresources.com

PAMELA O'ROURKE, President
ICON Information Consultants, LP
Representing the Women's Business Enterprise Alliance-Houston, TX
www.iconconsultants.com


ROXANN PATRICK, President
Designed Solutions Group, Inc.
Representing Women's Business Enterprise Council-Southeast-Columbus, OH
www.designed-solutions.com

ANDRA RUSH, Owner
Rush Trucking
Representing Michigan Women's Business Council-Ann Arbor, MI
www.rushtrucking.com


NANCY WILLIAMS, Principal
ASAP
Representing Georgia Women's Business Council-Atlanta, GA
www.asapstaffingllc.com

KATHY WHITE, CEO
Facilitech Inc.
Representing Women's Business Council-Southwest-Arlington, TX www.businessinteriors.com