Baltimore SmartCEO Announces the 2014 Brava! Awards Winners


Baltimore, MD (April 18, 2014) — Baltimore SmartCEO is pleased to announce the 2014 Brava! Award winners. The Brava! Awards celebrate the distinguished achievements of 30 of Greater Baltimore’s top women business leaders. This year’s class collectively generates more than $154 million in annual revenue and employ over 1,177 individuals. This year’s winners will be profiled in the July/August issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards ceremony on July 17, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.

Please see below for a complete list of winners and for program details. To share in the excitement leading up to the event, follow us @SmartCEO #BravaAwards.

―Brava winners possess the utmost qualities in a leader — vision, passion, compassion, dedication, perseverance. Every one of this year’s winners exhibits these qualities in running their business, their families and their philanthropic activities. They give 110 percent of them selves,‖ says Jaime Nespor, regional president of SmartCEO Media. ―We are honored and humbled to recognize a group of women who are truly making a difference in the world.‖

The winners will be celebrated at the Baltimore Brava! Awards ceremony on July 17,

2014, at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. An expected sell-out event, 300 local C-level executives and guests will attend to celebrate their achievements. Past Brava! winners will also be in attendance, to welcome the new class of winners and grow the community. The event will kick off with a cocktail reception followed by the awards ceremony and a final toast to the women leaders of Greater Baltimore.

About SmartCEO

SmartCEO’s mission is to educate and inspire the business community through its award-winning magazine, connections at C-level events and access to valuable online resources.

SmartCEO’s integrated media platforms reach decision makers in the Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, metropolitan areas.

About the Brava! Awards

The Brava! Awards program celebrates female CEOs who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community. Brava! Award winners are exemplary leaders of both their companies and their communities. They encourage local philanthropy, mentor up-and-coming leaders and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth. Each year, an independent committee of local business leaders selects winners based on the quality of applications submitted. SmartCEO shares their inspiring stories in the July/August issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrates their success at an awards reception in July.

Complete Program Information 2014 Brava! Awards

Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014 Time: 6 p.m. 9 p.m.

Location: Hyatt Regency Baltimore

300 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21202

Attire: Business Cocktail

2014 Baltimore Brava! Winners

Jennifer Quinn, All-Pro Placement Services, Inc.
Pat Isaac, Capital Services, Inc.
Jenette Young, ComForcare Home Care Services
Vonda E. Peterson, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Creative Access, Inc.
Carla Northrop, The Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate
Deborah S. Phelps, The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc.
Amy E. Ives, Evolve Consulting Group, Inc.
Shelonda Stokes, greiBO Entertainment
Dina Wasmer, Incite Creative, Inc.
Vicki Young, IVY Services, LLC
Donna Kolb, Kolb Electric
Isabella Firth, LifeSpan Network
Julie Lenzer Kirk, Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship
Janice Tippett, Millennium Marketing Solutions, Inc.
Kimberly Valentine-Langley, National Fiber and Copper, Inc.
Tammy Ehrbaker, NVS Salon & Spa
Barbara Gassaway, Observation Baltimore & The Research Group
Pamela M. Anthony, RN, BSN, CDMS, CCM, Restore Rehabilitation LLC
Christina Ensley, Rudolph’s Office & Computer Supply, Inc.
Gina D. Shaffer, Shaffer, McLauchlin & Stover, LLC
Sheila Stenhouse Lee, Sheila Lee & Associates, LLC Learning Everywhere
Elizabeth S. Gantnier, CPA, Stegman & Company
Wanda Smith Ritzenthaler, Symphony Placements
Diana T. Gaines, Tu Casa Development Group LLC
Jeanne Puglisi Sherwood, RN, WellAdvantage
Joyce Duffy, Harford Family House, Inc.
Kathleen Westcoat, HealthCare Access Maryland
Virginia Knowlton Marcus, Maryland Disability Law Center
Susan F. Shea, Presbyterian Home of Maryland
Teresa Donofrio Snyder, Roland Park Place

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