NAWBO Greater Raleigh 2015 Chapter Award Recipients

Woman Business Owner of the Year:
Deborah Harrell Meehan - NC Medical & Commercial Realty
A NAWBO member since 2012, shortly after launching her business, Deb has served on the board & committees. She is a true “cheerleader” for NAWBO. Along with strong community ties & service as President of NC Medical Alliance, Deb is a very deserving recipient of this award.

Mary Diener Spirit Award:
Emily Parks - Organize for Success, LLC
A bright light for NAWBO’s member of the year, Emily is always available to help her fellow members and has also provided mentoring workshops for NAWBO. She is also very active in the community and serves on the board of directors for the NC Lung Cancer Initiative.

Rising Star:
Noushi Haeussler - ExcelLase
Since joining NAWBO in 2014, Noushi has actively participated on our Programs Committee and is joining our board as the 2015-16 Programs Co-Chair

Public Policy Advocate:
Terri Benforado - Executive Accounting Services Inc
Terri has been a NAWBO member for several years and is actively involved with the Public Policy committee. When our 2014-15 Public Policy chair had to resign for health reasons, Terri stepped up to chair the committee mid-year without skipping a beat.

Chapter Corporate Partner of the Year:
Triangle Financial Advisors - Lorraine Johnson
Triangle Financial Advisors has supported NAWBO financially for several years. CEO Lorraine Johnson, a longtime NAWBO member, has been a true advocate for our organization. Her financial support along with the gift of her time, energy and mentorship of other members is a true blessing.


NAWBO Greater Raleigh 2014 Chapter Award Recipients

Woman Business Owner of the Year
Janice Cutler owned Montgomery Florist many years ago and sold the company to spend time raising her family.  When the new owner was not successful, Janice came back in and rebuilt the business from $0 revenues.  Her ideas, creativity, and beautiful arrangements have provided the impetus to grow into a thriving business.

Mary Diener Spirit Award (Member of the Year)
Pam Williams is no stranger to NAWBO Greater Raleigh and set a great example for the board for 2 years with her dedication and attention to Public Policy.  She elected to “take a year off” for the 2013-14 year to spend more time with her daughter during her senior year of high school.  Then, without missing a beat, stepped into an important role as committee chair to pull together our successful Volunteerism luncheon and Expo.  Without her leadership, we would not have been able to pull all the elements together & have 125 attendees.  She did this “while taking time off”.

Rising Star Award
Bianca Montes Jones arrived running into NAWBO. As a brand new member she took it upon herself to attend the national NAWBO meeting. When she returned, she gave the board of directors a complete report on the sessions she attended. After that, she partnered with our chapter Sponsorship chair to help gain more sponsors for us. Bianca has shown strong NAWBO passion as a new member, attending various NAWBO events and volunteering to assist whenever needed. She is a strong asset to our chapter. We look forward to her continued leadership.

Public Policy Advocate Award
Donna Cohen.  Donna was an active committee member – participating in planning sessions, conference calls, helping to organize the February Hot Topics and Public Policy Luncheon event with Jane Pinsky, and serving as a sounding board for the Committee Chair and other committee members.  We praise Donna for her longstanding commitment to and active involvement with the public policy committee.

Chapter Corporate Partner of the Year
Wendy Coulter.  Wendy and her team have provided a sponsorship that has re-elevated how we can better communicate our mission to others.  Her team is tireless in providing press releases, offering suggestions for additional marketing, and going the extra mile to show NAWBO Greater Raleigh in the best possible light.  All of our sponsors are cherished and Hummingbird Creative Group is a true standout this year for what they have provided in front and behind the scenes. 

NAWBO Greater Raleigh 2013 Chapter Award Recipients


Adrienne Lumpkin, Alternate Access received the Public Policy Advocate Award


Angela Bendorf Jamison, Communicopia Marketing Services, Inc. received the Rising Star Award


Marcia Springfield, Doncaster received the Mary Diener Spirit Award (Member of the Year)


Kimberly Y. Lewey, Lewey Landscaping & LawnCare, Inc. received the Woman Business Owner of the Year Award


Barbara Petty, BOOM! Triangle Edition received the Chapter Corporate Partner of the Year Award

NAWBO Greater Raleigh provides support, resources and opportunities to propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power. As the essential community for women business owners, we’re about women helping women, community participation, a legislative voice, and learning from each other.

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