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LS1 founder finalist, Businesswoman of the Year, August 2009

Saturday, April 2, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ester Venouziou
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St. Petersburg, Fla. -- Ester Venouziou, founder of, was one of 10 finalists in the Tampa Bay Business Journal 2009 BusinessWoman of the Year awards, under-40 category. In total 52 women in eight categories were up for the BusinessWoman of the Year award, which took place Aug. 21, 2009, in Tampa.

The other finalists were:

Kim Francis, president of Kim Francis Communications Inc.;
Jessica Kirkwood Alley, partner with Phelps Dunbar LLP;
Melanie Lenz, VP of Development for the Tampa Bay Rays;
Stephanie Narvades, CFO of Healthesystems;
Michele Northrup, founder of Intensity Academy;
Brooke Palmer, president of RSBP Events;
Allison Renee Raver, CEO of Raver Medical LLC;
Shelby Weir, director of Kforce Inc.;
Laura Webb, president of Webb Insurance Group

These are the finalists in the other categories:

Business Services:

Beverly F. Birkitt, president of Birkitt Environmental Services Inc.;
Mary Forristall, president of Forristall Enterprises Inc.;
Amy Ruth Maguire, managing partner of Southern Strategy Group Tampa Bay;
Manitia L. Moultrie, managing associate, Tampa operations for Golder Associates Inc.;
Mary Owens, managing partner, Black Diamond Associates LLC;
Sandy Scheda, president/principal scientist, Scheda Ecological Associates Inc.;
Rebecca J. Smith, president and founder of The A.D. Morgan Corp.;
Lisa Smithson, founder, LS and Co.;
Sheri' Taber, president/CEO, The Peak Performance Group Inc.;
Jeanne Tate, managing partner of Jeanne T. Tate PA;
Nancy Walker, president of Walker Brands

Julie M. Janssen, superintendent of Pinellas County Schools;
Lori Matway, school programs administrator for the city of St. Petersburg

Rose Averill, CEO of St. Francis Sleep Allergy & Lung Institute;
Cate Baierlein, president of Change of Course;
Cindy Dervech, owner/president, Breezin Entertainment;
Charlene Ierna, VP (owner/operator) of Ierna’s Heating & Cooling Inc.;
Melissa Stockman, owner/operator of Complete Care Placement Inc.;
Jane Strong, CEO of Happy Feet Plus

Financial Services:
Edna V. Broyles, VP-Investments for UBS Financial Services Inc.;
Cherise Candlish, president of Foundations Mortage Lending;
Christine B. Cooper, president of Cooper Financial Services;
Cherie G. DiNoia, investment adviser for Shelby Financial Group;
Stephanie Goforth, senior VP/director of Wealth Strategists for Northern Trust;
Amy Samsal, certified mortgage planning specialist for Suncoast Mortgage Partners

Joyce Cotton, director of Marketing & Community Partnerships for WEDU;
Patty Cox managing editor/presentation for the St. Petersburg Times and;
Laura Turner Fage, VP of Communications for WEDU;
Lee Kercher, senior account executive for Viamedia;
Shawna Vercher, CEO of VTi-Web

Mary C. Dillon, executive director of Rural Social Services Partnership Inc.;
Cynthia Gandee, executive director of Henry B. Plant Museum;
Susan Jacobs, founder and CEO of Wheels of Success;
Trisha Rothman, VP Marketing & Sales for Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo;
Anna Trefethen, division VP Florida, Alabama & Georgia for American Red Cross Tampa Bay Chapter

Charlotte Baker, CEO and co-founder of Digital Hands;
Deirdre Cavener, president & CEO of Kiss Marketing Inc.;
Bridget Cline, president & CEO of Industrial Strength Inc. & Pilot House Audio Visual;
Debra Curtiss, VP & GM of Peak 10 Tampa;
Yvonne E. Murray, VP Marketing Services for PPi Technologies Global;
Ilene Rosoff, president & CEO of The Launch Pad;
Vicki Zambito, VP of Content Development for VectorLearning