For the 2015 Desert Diamonds awards, more than 100 NAWBO members and their guests celebrated the success of the past year and recognized the extraordinary contributions of NAWBO members. Congratulations to all the winners, as well as the finalists and nominees, who were recognized for their service. Here’s a look at the winners:
Corporate Partner of the Year: SRP was recognized for its work in supporting women business owners and NAWBO for the past 19 years.
Bridge Builder: Julie Heiland, J Heiland Interiors. This award recognizes a member who has been involved in community outreach activities, has identified and created new alliances, or developed new partnerships that promote NAWBO’s mission.
Unsung Hero: Jody Owen, Business Coach. This award is given for demonstrating extraordinary support for the chapter through participation within the organization and as a promoter of NAWBO’s mission through outreach in the community. Owen has been a tireless volunteer, leader, visionary and mentor to other members during her 10 years as a NAWBO member.
Spirit of NAWBO Sisterhood: Kristin Slice, Splash Printing and Marketing. This award is given to a member who exemplifies the spirit of NAWBO. She volunteers her time to support the organization’s initiatives while also developing her own leadership and business skills.
Member of the Year: Paula Wittekind, CDQ Learning. Member of the Year Award is given to a woman who demonstrated extraordinary support of NAWBO or the chapter and has contributed “above and beyond” to see that the organization is successful in meeting its goals and member needs. Wittekind has strengthened the presence of NAWBO in the public and private sectors, created innovative programs, and fostered initiatives and policies for the betterment of the organization.
Business Owner of the Year: Nancy Hetrick, Smarter Divorce Solutions, LLC. This award is presented to the member who has built a successful and prosperous enterprise in spite of obstacles. This member demonstrates innovation in her industry, gives back to the community and creates jobs while contributing to the growth and mission of NAWBO through active participation.
In addition to the Desert Diamonds Awards, Dorothy Wolden gave a Presidential Award to three members who provided extra help and support to her through the year: Lori Brown of Hymson Goldstein & Pantiliat, PC; Valerie Marbach of eSpark Marketing; and Tracie Rollins of The Rollins Advantage.
Congratulations to all our winners! And thank you to the major sponsors of this year’s Desert Diamonds Awards: CopperPoint and Southwest Airlines.
Laurie Anderson, APR, is head of public relations, marketing and social media for Cactus Creative.