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    November 12, 2013

    Meet the 2013 WE Celebrate finalists

    WE CelebrateThe Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber has unveiled the finalists for the eighth annual WE Celebrate Awards. A program of Women Excel, presented by Fifth Third Bank, WE Celebrate will honor women and woman-owned businesses at the awards breakfast on December 5 at the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati.

    The leaders will be recognized for their achievement, innovation, mentoring, and social responsibility.  Awards will be presented in eight categories: Woman-Owned Business of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year; Community Impact: Business of the Year; Business Mentor of the Year; Woman of the Year (Nonprofit, Entrepreneur, Corporate) and Businesses WE Watch.  Additionally, this year's event will feature the presentation of the Pinnacle Award, honoring a woman who has not only achieved great professional success, but also has had a significant impact on our community. This year's recipient of the Pinnacle Award will be Victoria Buyniski Gluckman, Founder and Retired CEO of United Medical Resources, Inc.  Emcee for the event will be Q102 DJ Laura Powell.

    WE Celebrate Awards Breakfast
    December 5, 2013, 8-9:30 a.m.
    Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
    Register now

    Tickets are $50 for individual Chamber members and $75 for non-members. Tables and corporate patron tables are also available. For more information, call (513) 579-3111.

    2013 WE Celebrate Finalists

    Community Impact:  Business of the Year

    • Lynn Elfers, Founder, CEO, Affordable Language Services
    • Sandra Gross, Owner, Brazee Street Studios
    • Tracy Nichols, President/CEO, PM/PC Direct, Inc.
    • Robin Throckmorton, President, strategic HR inc.
    • Alicia Tidwell, Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Luxottica
    Mentor of the Year
    • Sandra Ambrose, President, ESJ Carrier/Without a Doubt
    • Tamara Harkavy, CEO & Artistic Director, ArtWorks
    • Pamela Lowe, Vice President, Senior Development Consultant, Fifth Third Bank
    • Jodi Truckor, Cincinnati College Outreach Committee Lead, Network of Executive Women
    • Janice Urbanik, Executive Director, Partners for a Competitive Workforce

    Best New Product/Service of the Year

    • Denise Bartick, President & CEO, MAX Technical Training
    • Suzanne Burke, CEO, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio
    • Linda Fritz, Owner, Sun Sugar Farms, LLC
    • Brooke Griffin, CEO, Skinny Mom
    • Ashley Werthaiser, CEO/President, Wright Brothers Global Gas, LLC

    Woman-owned Business of the Year

    • Karen Cooper, President, SmartIT Staffing
    • Cathy Lindemann, President, Evolution creative solutions
    • Kristen Lindy, President, Green Mountain Group
    • Litsa Spanos, President, ADC Art Design Consultants, Inc.
    • Teri Stautberg, CEO, General Factory/WD Supply

    Woman of Year - Corporate

    • Jan Armstrong Cobb, Vice President, Asset Management & Customer Service, Duke Realty Corporation
    • Andrea Ayers, President & CEO Convergys, Convergys
    • Linda Burtwistle, President, First Student
    • Kim Heiman, Managing Director, Standard Textile
    • Susan B. Zaunbrecher, Chair of Corporate Department, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

    Woman of Year - Entrepreneur

    • Susan Ingmire, President, Ignite Philanthropy Advisors
    • Mackey McNeill, President & CEO, Mackey Advisors & Ignite Prosperity, Inc.
    • Terry Segerberg, CEO, MESA Industries, Inc.
    • Julie Toren, Owner, BodyMind Balance
    • Lori Wellinghoff, President, DIGS|Real Estate|Design|Renovation|™

    Woman of Year - Nonprofit

    • Jennifer Hauck, Vice President, American Heart Association
    • Ellen Katz, President & CEO, The Children's Home of Cincinnati
    • Valerie Landell, President/CEO, Visiting Nurse Association
    • Mary McCullough-Hudson, President & CEO, ArtsWave
    • Dr. Cady Short-Thompson, Dean, UC Blue Ash College, UC Blue Ash College

    Businesses WE Watch

    • Connie Goins, APG Office Furnishings
    • Emily Frank, C'est Cheese Food Truck
    • Annie McManis, Copperfox Marketing 
    • Megan Prather, Dogtown Cincinnati
    • Denise Munson, Erlanger Window Cleaning
    • Jenna Dunham and Katie Rhodes, FitChixx LLC
    • Jill Z. McBride, Forza Marketing
    • Janet Chambers, I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation
    • Mary Welsh Schlueter, The Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE)
    • Mimi Rasor, Rasor Marketing Communications


    WE Celebrate 2013 Pinnacle Award Recipient

    New in 2013:  The WE Celebrate Pinnacle Award recognizing a woman who has reached the peak of career success and community impact -- Victoria Buyniski Gluckman

    Victoria founded United Medical Resources, Inc. and led the company to phenomenal growth before selling it to United Health Group.  Recognized as one of Fast Company’s  Top 25 “Women Who Are Changing the Game,”  Victoria lent the kind of qualified, informed leadership that the organizations she served needed to excel. Now retired, Victoria currently serves on the boards of U.S. Bancorp and Ohio National Financial Services.  She shares her community leadership skills on the boards of The Christ Hospital, Playhouse in the Park, Strive, Success By 6, The Christ College of Nursing, Elizabeth Gamble Deaconess Home Association.


    A program of Women Excel, presented by:            WE Celebrate presenting sponsor:
                    fifth third curious                                           Accenture
       Excellence sponsors:

                 KMK Law
                 Media sponsor:                                     Video sponsor:


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