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Kathy Albarado, CEO of Helios HR, receives Enterprising Women of the Year Award


RALEIGH, N.C. – Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women magazine (, has announced the winners of the 2011 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, an annual tribute to top women entrepreneurs from North America and around the globe. The award finalists and winners will be recognized during a celebratory event held Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 at the Boca Raton Resort, located at 501 E. Camino St. in Boca Raton, Fla. This is the ninth anniversary of the gala awards celebration.

Award recipients must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. Many of these women are also leaders in key organizations that support the growth of women’s entrepreneurship.

Award winners were recognized in five categories: annual sales revenues of more than $25 million; more than $10 million and up to $25 million in annual revenues; more than $5 million and up to $10 million in annual revenues; more than $1 million and up to $5 million in annual revenues; and up to $1 million in annual revenues.

The winners of the award are listed below:

Over $25 million in annual revenues:
• Sue Burnett, Burnett Staffing Specialists, Houston, TX
• Dee Robinson Reid, Robinson Hill Hospitality Group, Inc., Chicago, IL
• Madhu Beriwal, IEM Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC
• Brenda Stallings, Matrix Integration, Jasper, IN
• Connie Hahn, Traveline Travel, Columbus, OH

Over $10 million and up to $25 million in annual revenues:
• Angela Drummond-Rodgers, SiloSmashers, Fairfax, VA
• Mindy T. Withrow, CSS Distribution Group, Inc., Louisville, KY
• Rona Borre, Instant Technology, Chicago, IL
• Vicki Pohlman, PohlmanUSA Court Reporting, St. Louis, MO
• Farah B. Majidzadeh, Resource International Inc., Columbus, OH
• Gloria Rajkumar, SIMAC Canada Inc., Richmond Hill, ON, Canada
• Martha D. Moore, McCormick Asphalt Paving and Excavating, Inc., Ozark, AR
• Susan Johnson, Susan’s Healthy Gourmet, Irvine, CA

Over $5 million and up to $10 million:
• Dr. Karen Eng, CSMI, Schaumburg, IL
• Patricia E. Adams, Zeitgeist Expressions, Inc., San Antonio, TX
• Shelby Johnson, Theodore Williams Construction Company, LLC, New York, NY
• Amy Engelsman, Proos Manufacturing, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI
• Kalpana Patel, Unique Comp Inc., Long Island City, NY
• Avis Yates Rivers, Technology Concepts Group Int’l, LLC, Somerset, NJ
• Lori Jenks, Combustion Parts, Inc., San Diego, CA
• Kathy Albarado, Helios HR, Reston, VA
• Angela Cortright, Spa Gregorie’s Day Spa and Salon, Newport Beach, CA
• Joanne D. F. Santomauro, ISG Office Concepts, Inc., North Wales, PA
• Colleen Molter, QED National, New York, NY
• Jennifer Scully, Clinical Resources, LLC, Atlanta, GA

Over $1 million and up to $5 million in annual revenues:
• Denise Peoples, Peoples Choice Staffing, Inc., Corona, CA
• Lisa Feierstein, Active Healthcare, Raleigh, NC
• Kim Sawyer, The Locator Services Group Ltd., Boston, MA
• Ann Hanna, Structurewerks, Brookfield, WI
• Avis Yates Rivers, Technology Concepts Group Int’l, LLC, Somerset, NJ
• Caren Schweitzer, Creative Resources, Hopkins, MN
• Lisa Anderson, DeAnder Associates, LLC, Greenbelt, MD
• Ashley McNeff, United States Homeland Investigations, Inc., Alexandria, VA
• Janet Ward Black, Ward Black, PA, Greensboro, NC
• Sherrie Aycock and Tara Olson, AllPoints Research, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC
• Julie Kampf, JBK Associates, Inc., Englewood, NJ
• Kristi Atkins, a|i|m Marketing Solutions, Atlanta, GA
• Kelly Aaron, EverLights, Chicago, IL
• Gayle Waldron, The Management Edge, Largo, FL

Up to $1 million in annual revenues:
• Mary Cantando,, Raleigh, NC
• Pat Wirth, Potomac Falls Express Lube & Car Wash, Potomac Falls, VA
• Kathleen Watts, The Brandmarket, Inc., Newport Beach, CA
• Karen Friedman, Karen Friedman Enterprises, Inc., Blue Bell, PA
• Diana Kander, Kander & Rigby, LLC, Kansas City, MO
• Pat Lottier, Atlanta Tribune, Roswell, GA
• Sherry Green, Technology Team, LLC, Forth Worth, TX
• Beverly Morton Billand, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, Lovettsville, VA
• Judith Moore, Charleston Cookie Company, LLC, Charleston, SC
• Fabi Preslar, SPARK Publications, Matthews, NC
• Leslie Atkins, LA Communications, LLC, Baltimore, MD
• Marion Hook, Adobe Rose Inn and ARI Foods, LLC, Tucson, AZ

For more information or to register to attend the 2011 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards celebration, visit

“Our Enterprising Women of the Year Class of 2011 is an amazing group of women. Nearly every company represented on this list had significantly increased its revenues in the past year, despite the economic downturn. Many had huge increases in revenues – double or even quadruple increases. Each winner also demonstrated a track record of community leadership and the important component of mentoring other women in business or being role models for girls who aspire to be entrepreneurs.”

Enterprising Women, with headquarters in Cary, N.C., is the nation’s only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners that chronicles the growing political, economic and social influence and power of entrepreneurial women. The magazine provides a friendly meeting place, a public forum and a national stage for the critical issues confronting women’s businesses and daily lives from the unique perspectives and experiences of entrepreneurial women. Published in both print and digital editions, the magazine’s digital edition reaches more than 200,000 readers in 48 countries. For more information, please visit or call (919) 362-1551.