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The nation’s premier award for excellence among Women’s Business Enterprises.
Each year, fourteen exemplary women business leaders step into the spotlight to receive the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Star Award.
Each WBE Star is selected by one of the
14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) that administer WBENC certification in each of their territories. This is our way of recognizing and rewarding the most engaged and successful women leaders in the WBENC network.
What does it mean to be a WBE Star?
The WBE Stars illustrate this country’s vital ability to build successful businesses. The women’s strategic vision, business acumen and sheer talent combine to meet their corporate clients’ complex needs and propel our economy forward.
In addition to the recognition that comes with receiving an award of this caliber, WBE Stars receive the added benefit of regional and national visibility for their company. Photos and company names are published on the WBENC website along with various social media posts leading up to the recognition event.
Stars are provided with numerous other benefits such as media training conducted by a specialized industry professional, participation in a professional photoshoot, and invitations to participate in featured programming and activities at WBENC events.
Meet the 2020 WBE Stars
The 2020 WBE Stars illustrate this country’s vital ability to build successful businesses. These businesswomen inspire their employees, peers, and clients with their tireless dedication to excellence in every facet of their lives.
“Set ambitious goals, be persistent and don’t lose sight of your goals. Follow through and you will achieve them no matter how audacious they are.”
Women’s Business Enterprise Council – West
President & CEO
Hunter International, Inc.
“With grit, our team has been able to differentiate ourselves from the competition in the market by seizing each opportunity with intense focus on speed and quality of service delivery.”
Women’s Business Enterprise Council Ohio River Valley
Founder & Chief Visionary Officer
“Being a successful business owner requires an extra level or determination and strength. You can’t just reach for the stars; you must find a way to grab them and claim them for yourself no matter the struggle.”
Greater Women’s Business Council
The Diez Group
“Succession planning is key and should start as soon as possible because it is not an overnight process. My parents taught us to take ownership in all we do good or bad. Work hard, learn from your mistakes and take care of your community.”
Great Lakes Women’s Business Council
Precis Commissioning, Inc.
“Work to build connections and introduce your network to one another. Those connections that result in business will never forget how they were introduced.”
Women’s Business Enterprise Center East
President & CEO
“I believe that all businesses will encounter “brick walls” in the normal course of business and that these brick walls are often more prevalent for women and minority owned businesses. If your current path is not helping you get over that brick wall, then take a step back, think, consult with others and try another route.”
Center for Women & Enterprise
Chairman of the Board/Treasurer
New World Van Lines Inc.
“Like life, owning a business is a roller coaster ride full of unexpected situations. Don’t hide from problems; face the good and the bad with respect and in the most professional manner possible.”
Women’s Business Development Center – Midwest
CEO & Co-Founder
“It is incredibly important to create a strategic plan and then execute on that plan. Understand your core capabilities and ensure you’re the best at what you do.”
Women Presidents’ Educational Organization – NY
Founder, President, and CEO
Strategy and Management Services, Inc. (SAMS)
“I focused on designing a company that measures its impact not on the bottom line alone, but on how it makes a difference to its people, its clients, and the community.”
Women Presidents’ Educational Organization – DC
Founder & CEO
Forma Automotive, LLC
“Relationships are a key component to my business’ success. I believe people do business with those they trust, and building trust requires doing business honestly while providing best-in-class solutions to complex business challenges.”
Women’s Business Council – Southwest
Chief Executive Officer
Springer Equipment Company, Inc. and Southfork Lift Truck, Inc.
“I believe commitment to getting the job done is the most important aspect for any business. Setting goals and finding ways to accomplish those goals will prove to be a recipe for success.”
Women’s Business Enterprise Council South
Treco Services, Inc.
“You have to wake up in the morning and give yourself that pep talk to embrace the day and every challenge that comes in it, and don’t be afraid to make changes… change is good!”
Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance
CEO & Founder
“Invest time into understanding the power of networking. Make sure this is as part of your sales and marketing strategy to strengthen your network. The time and effort that you put in will reward you well in the WBENC community.”
Women’s Business Enterprise Council – Pacific
Prime Air Corp.
“Don’t get tired of insisting and persisting if you are sure you can do it. You must persist until you achieve your goals.”
Women’s Business Enterprise Council Florida
Jean Bjork, Bjork Construction Co. Inc.
Barbara Bosha, Bosha Design+Communications
Nathalie Doobin, Harvard Services Group, Inc.
Kay Hamilton, The Hamilton Group
Stephanie Hickman, Trice Construction Company
Sushumna Roy Jalajam, Softpath System LLC
Beatriz Manetta, Argent Associates, Inc.
Lilian Radke, Unic Pro Inc.
Sharon Reynolds, DevMar Products, LLC
Janell Ross, Bob Ross Auto Group
Hetal Parikh, Rangam Consultants Inc.
Biddie Webb, Limb Design
Christie Wong Barrett, Mac Arthur Corporation
Janeen Zook, Trattativa Meeting & Event Solutions International
Sharon Olzerowicz, Hired by Matrix
Livia Whisenhunt, PS Energy Group Inc
Terry Lehmann, True Green Enterprises, Inc.
Laurie Halloran, Halloran Consulting Group
Caren Schweitzer, Creative Resources Agency
Ronda Jackson, Décor Interior Design, Inc.
Jayshree Moorthy, Frontier Technologies, Inc.
Lynn Perenic, Argent Tape and Label
Claudia Mirza, Akorbi
Pamela Kan, Bishop-Wisecarver
Jill Frey, Cummins Facility Services
V. Janet Brewster, Brewster Procurement Group, Inc.
Regina Mellinger, Primary Services
Lois Gamerman Soft Stuff Distributors, Inc.
Camille Austin, Elite Roofing Services, Inc.
Michelle Bell, 1st Choice, LLC
Doreen Blades, US Eco Products Corporation
Linda Boasmond, Cedar Concepts Corporation
Rose Ann Dare, Hydro Dyne Inc
Debbie Drury, Market Doctors Direct
Joan LaGrasse, Imagen, LLC
Jennifer Maier, Women’s Distribution Services
Margaret Marcucci, Coranet Corp
Carrie Martinez, CM Productions, Inc.
Susan Monroe, Hybrid Collective
Carol Philp, CPI Creative
Serafina Schorer, RIM Custom Racks
Kelly Sparks, VMG/studio520
Imelda Alejandrino, AP42, Inc.
Alison Chung, ALC TeamWerks, Inc.
Julie Garcia, Ph.D., Action Service Corporation
Angela Garcia-Dunn, AIM Over-The-Road, LLC.
Janie Goldber, OmniSource Marketing Group, Inc.
Vivian Isaak, Magnum Group, Inc.
Kelly Kolar, Kolar Design Inc.
Teresa Lawrence, Delta Personnel, Inc.
Lily Otieno, Infinity Business Solutions
Rachel Sanchez, Prestige Maintenance USA, Ltd
Hallie Satz, HighRoad Press, LLC
Jacqueline Smith, New Kent Coatings, Inc.
Elizabeth Tucker, KNF&T Staffing Resources Inc.
Kittie Watson, Ph.D., Innolect Inc.
Judith Anderson, Identity Systems, Inc.
Nancy Balkcom, MySupplies
Lisa Michele Chretien, EventMover, Inc.
Jacqueline Cleary, Atlas Data Systems, LLC
Peggy Del Fabbro, M. Davis & Sons, Inc.
Lili Hall, KNOCK, Inc.
Jane Henry, Xcution, Inc.
Jennifer Jeansonne, Eagle Consulting, LLC
Barbara Levine, Exam Coordinators Network
Royalyn Reid, Consumer & Market Insights, LLC
Kim Sherrie Sawyer, The Locator Services Group Ltd.
Elizabeth Schmidt, Atlat Tool, Inc.
Karen Sutter, Sutter Design, Inc.
Barbara I. Wichmann, ARTEMIA Communications, Inc.
Diana Clemente, Big Apple Car, Inc.
Cristina Didone, CD Language Solutions, Inc.
Jamie Fletcher, Mach 1 Global Services, Inc.
Theresa Ghafari, G-Tech Services, Inc.
Bev Gray, Exhibit Edge Inc.
Arlene Inch, Transpak, Inc
Keeli Jernigan, Trans-Expedite, Inc.
Joyce Landry, Landry & Kling, Inc.
Judith Maloy, Polaris Direct
Heather Sanderson, Overture Premiums & Promotions, LLC
Mary Singer, CRG Sustainable Solutions & Commercial Realty Group
Cindy Towers, Jurisolutions, Inc.
Geraldine Walker, Walker Transfer, Inc.
Traci Williams, Cresent Construction Services, LLC
Julie Sue Auslander, cSubs
Mary Moslander, LiveHealthier, Inc.
Carmen Castillo, SD International Corp.
Mary Parker, ALL(n)1 Security
Cathi Coan, Techway Services, Inc.
Kathryn Petty, White Lion Tea
Mary Fox Donnelly, Encompass Elements
Cassandra Sanford, KellyMitchell
Hannah Kain, Alom Technologies
Juli Sinnett, SwervePoint
Lianne Lami, Bocci Engineering
Lynn Tilton, DURA and Global Automotive
Patti Massey, MYCA Group, Inc.
Lee Youngblood, McIntyre & Youngblood, LLC
Candice Bennett, Candice Bennett & Associates, Inc.
Rebeccas Boenigk, Neutral Posture, Inc.
Lorelei Carobolante, G2nd Systems, LLC
Sharon Castillo, SB Services, Inc.
Pam Curry, One Safe Place Media Corp.
Rosalie Edson, Meadows Office Furniture Co.
Floriza Genautis, Management Business Solutions
Angie Hollerich, Brass Ring Productions, Ltd.
Monique Honaman, ISHR Group
Patty Klein, A-Plus Meetings & Incentives
Michelle McHenry, Laser Lab, Inc.
Janell McGill, Milligan Events
Janice Migliore, PALCO
Beth Williams, Roxbury Technology Corp
LaSonya Berry, McPherson, Berry & Associates, Inc.
Jennifer Collins, The Event Planning Group
Kari Heistad, Culture Coach International
Kimberly Holstein, Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels
Sandy Hunter, Hunter Hawk, Inc.
Denise Kanaar, D & D Logistics LLC
Julie Levi, Progressive Promotions Inc.
Katherine Mlakar, The Millicraft Paper Company
Sue Pistone, Sue Pistone & Associates
Terri Quinton, Q2 Marketing Group
Laurie Travis, LTevention
Michelle Vignes, Universal Personnel, LLC
Judith Zimmermann, Artcraft & Foremost
Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, Kommon Denominator, Inc.
Dana Chryst, The Jay Group
Pamela Hardy, Owe No Man Marketing, LLC
Kayhan Hellriegel, Kayhan International, Ltd.
Sandra L. James, Private Eyes, Inc.
Patricia Rodriguez Christian, CRC Group, Inc.
Marlene Kelly, Exhibits South
Cheryl W. Snead, Banneker Industries, Inc.
Janice Pellar, EMCO Technologies
Lisa Torcasio, Torcasio Sales & Marketing, Inc.
April Stremming, April’s Images & Productions
Katherin Nukk-Freeman, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C.
Amelia Rodriguez, Vocalink Language Services
Christina Fischer, The Fischer Group
Michelle Boggs, McKinley Marketing Partners
Julie Copeland, Arbill Safety Products
Lori Davis, RIG-CHEM, Inc.
Lynne Marie Finn, Superior Staff Resources, Inc.
Carolyn Gable, New Age Transportation, Distribution & Warehousing Inc.
Margarita Gonzalez, AccuBANKER
Michele Finn Johnson, Artemis Consulting Group, Inc.
Sandy Lish, The Castle Group, Inc.
Olsa Martini, Olsa Resources, Inc.
Pamela O’Rourke, ICON Information Consultants, LP
Roxann Patrick, Designed Solutions Group, Inc.
Andra Rush, Rush Trucking
Nancy Williams, ASAP
Kathe White, Facilitech Inc.
Tara Abraham, Accel, Inc
Sarah Bates, New Technology Steel
Phyllis Godwin, Granite City Electric Supply Company
Lynn J. Griffith, Welcome Florida
Janice Hamilton, JMH Education Marketing, Inc.
Lisa Hanlon, TelTech Communications, LLC
Dawn Magnan, n8 Solutions
Sheri Orlowitz, Shan Industries, LLC
Kanchana Raman, Avion Systems, Inc.
Julia Rhodes, Kleenslate Concepts
Judy Ritter, Ritter Contracting
Deborah M. Sawyer, Environmental Design International, Inc.
Karin Stevens, Edelweiss Enterprises, Inc.
Gail Warrior Lawrence, The Warrior Group
Maureen Beal, National Van Lines, Inc.
Sheila Benson, Employment Screen Services
Billie Bryant, CESCO, Inc.
Sandra Davis, Applied Computer Solutions
Annette Fabozzi, Island Computer Products, Inc.
Sandra Floyd, Outsource Consulting Services, Inc.
Terri Hall, Doubletake Studios, Inc.
Trish Karter, Dancing Deer Baking Company
Cara Shelton-Kass, Hi-Tech Imaging Representing
Patrice Kouvas, AVI Foodsystems
Brenda Loube, Corporate Fitness Works
Maureen O’Connor, LEM Products, Inc.
Connie Rankin, Customized Real Estate Services, Inc.
Beverly Wall, Languages International
Sharon Cannarsa, Systrand Manufacturing Corporation
Loreley DeGeorge, Daystar Promotions, Inc.
Valerie Freeman, Imprimis Group, Inc.
Cynthia Johnson, Johnson & Associates Business Interiors Incorporated
Elizabeth Kearney, Ph.D., Kearney & Associates: The Experts’ Alliance
Mercedes LaPorta, Mercedes Electric Supply, Inc.
Regina Mellinger, Primary Services, L.P.
Nancy Michaels, Impression Impact
Frances Mills, Cajun Treats
Carol Muszynski, Eighth Day Design
Caroline Simmons Nault, Exhibits South
Sheila Hale Ogle, MRPP, Inc.
Lisa M. Witomski, T. Frank McCall’s, Inc.
Barbara Woyak, Future Trends Technology Management
Heidi Berenson, Berenson Communications, Inc.
Sharon Burton, The Robart Companies
June Coldren, Cenergy Corporation
Mona Eliassen, Eliassen Group, Inc.
Lynne Marie Finn, Superior Staffing Services, Inc.
Carol Howlin, Paragon Promotional Marketing, Inc.
E. Jean Johnson, LegalWATCH, Inc.
Joan Lasselle, Lasselle-Ramsay Information Development Services
Terri McNally, Global Capital Ltd.
Patricia Monteforte, Pharmaceutical Resource Corporation
Frances Queen, Queen Associates, Inc.
Leslie Saunders, Leslie Saunders Insurance and Marketing International
Tina Stover, Direct Effect Productions, Inc.
Nina Vaca, Pinnacle Technical Resources, Inc.
Michelle J. Boggs, McKinley Marketing Partners
Jodi Clausman, Corporate Repository and Clausman Legal Staffing
Marsha Davidson, Telecopy, Inc.
Gretchen Fox, Fox Relocation Management Corporation
Joanne Harmelin, Harmelin Media
Linda F. Harris, L.F. Harris and Company
Tracy Jenkins, Amazing Gift Baskets
Greta Johnson-Williams, The Diverse Placement Group, LLC
Tricia Johnston, Rainbow Computer Services, Inc.
Kate Koziol, Fusion Creative and Fusion Alliance
Nadine Lange, Open Scan Technologies, Inc.
Toni Mastrullo, Telecom Resources of America
Gail Tassel, Acuity, Inc.
Avis Yates-Rivers, Technology Concepts Group, Inc.
Barbara Blair, Cyber Staff America,
Nancy Connolly, Lasertone, Inc.
Diane Craig, The Labeling and Packaging Company
Sharon Evans, CFJ Manufacturing
Terri L.C. Hornsby, TLC Adcentives
Kim Jackson, CEO Assessment Plus, Inc.
LaRae Kunz, GSS Consulting
Sheri Orlowitz, Shan Industries
Candice Phillips, BIO-MED Testing Service, Inc.
Julie Rodriguez, Epic Divers Inc.
Judy Sheppard, PSA Consulting
Annette Taddeo, LanguageSpeak
Kelle Welch, Metro Supply and Metro Recycling
Cynthia Wollman, Sun Printing House
Maryanne Cataldo, City Lights Electrical Company, Inc.
Z.D. Wooten, The One-Ness Group
Joyce A. Wheeland, Computer Consultants of America, Inc.
Toni Meyer, River Parishes Travel Center and Worldspan Services, Inc.
Marilyn Bushey, Power Performance & Communication Inc.
Diane MacWilliams, Quicksilver Associates, Inc.
Leslie Saunders, Leslie Saunders Insurance and Marketing Interational
Doris Damm, ACCU Staffing Services
Teri Ray, Adprint International Inc.
Deloris C. Lewis-Morgan, Debt Credit Services
Danielle Lamirato, L&M Printing
Amy DeLouise, Take Aim Media, Inc.
Cathleen Colella, Hazardous Elimination Corporation
Elaine Sinis, Omne Staffing, Inc.
Sherra Aguirre, Aztec Facility Services, Inc.
Alta S. Baker, Baker Foundations, Inc. and Safe Haven Enterprises
Gerri Johnson Hurley, Blackhawk Management Corporation
Catherine Lee, CDL & Associates
Linda Davis, Davis Management Co., Inc.
Debbie Faraone, The Elements
Rita Meyers and Stacy Ames, Falmer Thermal Spray
Nikki Olyai, Innovision Technologies, Inc.
Paula Mann, Sunbelt Telecommunications
Susan Gage, Susan Gage Caterers
Cheryl L. Thompson-Draper, Warren Electric Group
Diana Conley, ComputerLand Downers Grove
Wendy Lopez, Wendy Lopez & Associates, Inc.
Deborah Sawyer, Environmental Design International
Mary Kay Hamm, Linden International
Carroll Suggs, Petroleum Helicopters, Inc.
Lorraine Hallock, Delaire USA
The WBE Star award is an awards program that features 14 WBEs each year, one from each of the 14
Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs), who are nominated by RPO Leaders to be a WBE Star.
In order to be nominated as a WBE Star, the WBE must first demonstrate that they are a shining example of what it means to be a WBENC-Certified women business owner at the regional level. Several aspects are considered in this nomination process.
Contact us for more information about the WBE Star Award.