Chapter Kudo Award Winners for 2006/2007
Supporter of the Year: Ann Allsbury, Keller Williams Realty
Mentor of the Year: Julie Epling, UBS Financial Services
Advocate of the Year: Mary Bresnahan, the Bresnahan Group
Up and Coming Business Owner of the Year: Theresa Presentato, Synlawn Synscapes Of NM, LLC
Rookie of the Year: Lynne Marcus. Marcus & Co.
Public Policy Advocate of the Year: Debbie Maestas-Traynor, Maestas Consulting
Woman Business Owners of the Year: Lucy Archamboult, LEA Environmental Services; and Janice Moranz, M.D.
The KUDO Award Winners for 2006/2007 were announced by Jane Blume of Desert Sky Commucations at the June Dinner Program. Jane, Chair of Public Relations and Awards, and her volunteer committee put a great deal of thought into this year’s awards. Special thanks to her and Sandy Cody (Resources for Excellence), Mary Lou Christopherson (SGO Designer Glass), and Mary Rutland (Human Resources by Mary Rutland). The award item was a 64-oz. glass jar (with a lid), etched with the NAWBO logo, the name of the individual award and the name of the winner. The award was crafted by Swift Printing Services, owned by Becky Castlebury.
Supporter of the Year For the member who supports NAWBO women and provides the springboard that sets the standard as an idea developer and innovator of program. This woman served on our Board this year as chair of the Community Outreach Committee – and she was very busy! She revamped our Silent Auctions to run twice a year, so that we can generate more income for our new Foundation. She also recruited volunteers for community service projects such as Habitat for Humanity and Ronald McDonald House. In our most recent community project at Ronald McDonald House last month, she recruited 19 of our members to prepare, bring in, and serve a gourmet meal to about 30 people – all family members of children being cared for at Albuquerque hospitals. Our Supporter of the Year is Ann Allsbury of Keller Williams Realty
Mentor of the Year For the woman who has given openly and graciously not only of herself, but also of her business knowledge. A little over a year ago, this woman joined NAWBO as a new member. She wanted to get involved in the Membership Committee, so she volunteered to create the first Satellite Breakfast in the Uptown area. She made the Uptown breakfast so successful, that we were inspired to create two more: on the West Side and in Santa Fe. Our winner also helped mentor three other individuals to run the breakfasts, and is now passing the torch to her successor, Lynda Turner, to run the Uptown Satellite meetings. She also helped organize and establish a new Mastermind group that currently has 8 very active NAWBO members in it. Even though she cannot sit on the Board because she is a Supporting Member, she continues to look for creative ways to to support the NAWBO membership, and she will be taking the lead on the Mastermind subcommittee. Our Mentor of the Year is Julie Epling of UBS Financial Services
Advocate of the Year For the woman who has been an ambassador for NAWBO no matter where she is. This woman was a member of the Chicago Chapter of NAWBO… and for many years the message on her answering machine said, “Have an enchanting day.” Last year, she and her husband finally realized their dream of finding more enchantment by moving to Albuquerque – and she transferred her membership to our Chapter. She did not let any grass grow under her feet: at the first meeting she attended, she joined two committees – Member Services and Training & Education. Then she joined a Mastermind group; attended Business Days in Santa Fe in January; and then, after Sandy Cody made the initial contacts, took the lead in creating a chapter-in-formation in the Las Cruces/El Paso area. She made several trips down to the southern part of the state at her own expense to support that chapter’s founding, growth and development. The group now has 17 members, and will be recognized as an official chapter when the membership hits 30. And that’s not all: she also worked with Lynne Marcus to organize our spring Fraud Seminar. She is dedicated and committed to the principles and ideals of NAWBO, and will tell you that her NAWBO connections made her move to Albuquerque extraordinarily smooth. Our Advocate of the Year is Mary Bresnahan of the Bresnahan Group
Up and Coming Business Owner of the Year For the person who has been in business less than three years and is not only successful, but has also achieved substantially in a very short period of time. This woman has been a member of NAWBO and a resident of New Mexico for about a year. She found NAWBO on an airplane trip, during which she had the good fortune to sit next to one of our members. When she moved here from Boston, she immediately set up a business with her husband. She grew the business quickly and has at least four employees now (and maybe more). She has also taken an active role in NAWBO; co-chairing the Buddy Program with Julie Anderson; being an active member of the newest Large Business Mastermind group; and being very consistent in her support of and involvement with the Member Services Committee. Our Up and Coming Business Owner of the Year is Theresa Presentato of Synlawn Synscapes Of New Mexico, LLC
Public Policy Advocate of the Year For the woman who has been a leader in support of NAWBO’s public policy positions. This woman is a member of the Public Policy Committee. The owner of her own lobbying firm, she worked as a volunteer lobbyist for NAWBO earlier this year during the 60-day legislative session in Santa Fe. In addition to lobbying for NAWBO FREE OF CHARGE, she supplied us with a weekly written report on bills that were of interest to the business community. Her efforts had a huge, positive impact on how the Committee was kept informed, and enabled them to pass information on to our members in a timely manner. Her nominators (and there were more than one) really appreciate her enthusiasm and “can do” attitude. Our Public Policy Advocate of the Year is Debbie Maestas-Traynor of Maestas Consulting
Rookie of the Year For the new member who has been an active member of NAWBO for less than one year and who has become visible not only in NAWBO but in the community in a short period of time. This woman is another of our winners who moved to Albuquerque from Boston last year. When she got here, the only person she knew was a cousin who lived in Santa Fe. But that didn’t stop her: she immediately found ways to make friends and get involved with the community at large, and with NAWBO, which she joined last Fall. As a matter of fact, she became deeply involved in NAWBO very quickly: attending many dinner meetings; Educational Trainings; the New Member Gathering; Satellite Breakfasts; awards luncheons where our members were honored; joining a Mastermind group; and joining several different committees: Education and Leadership, Communications, PR & Awards. (And I can tell you from personal experience that her service on PR & Awards was exceptional.) In addition to all of that, she served as co-organizer of our May Fraud Seminar, and has agreed to continue to help with the new Marketing and Diversity Forum, and head up the PR and Awards teams. She’s truly an asset to our organization. But there’s more: Because she’s a technology marketing expert, she has been offering seminars independently, and through the Hispano Chamber of Commerce, introducing the business community to the latest wrinkle in email marketing: Constant Contact. Our Rookie of the Year is Lynne Marcus owner of Marcus + Company
Woman Business Owner of the Year For the business owner who has gone that extra mile with her business in the best interests of the community. We have two winners this year: This first winner is a devoted member of our Public Policy Committee. She has helped them in so many ways. In addition to attending all their meetings faithfully, she has made an annual cash donation of $500 to support NAWBO’s presence at Business Days in Santa Fe. This support has kicked our visibility up a notch or two. Furthermore, she has brought signage and supplies to Santa Fe for this event, even when she was somewhat hobbled by a broken ankle. Her company is very important to the community, as well, because its mission is to protect the environment. Because we can count on her support year after year, in so many quiet ways, this year we are proud to recognize – as Woman Business Owner of the Year – Lucy Archamboult of LEA Environmental, LLC
Our Second Winner has been a member of NAWBO since May of 2005. She has been a respected physician and dermatologist in the Albuquerque area for many years, and has a large patient load. When she joined NAWBO she immediately got involved in the Member Services Committee, and was willing to participate in almost all the committee meetings, new member gatherings, and calling guests after they attended an evening meeting. She has always been reliable. She’s someone who you can always count on to do what she says, when she says it. There’s more: When she served on the Board this year as the Facilities Director, she really listened to our members, taking to heart the feedback that they gave us at the end of each meeting. She saw to it that we changed our menu choices several times to reduce portions, give more variety to the desserts, and return to the CHOCOLATE that the “chocoholics” have demanded. She is also a committed member to her NAWBO Mastermind group. In addition to her work in NAWBO, she is a devoted employer for her staff and has repeatedly supported them in their lives outside of work – including buying a town home for one of them, so that she will have a steady and secure place to live. Our winner is also an independent associate with USANA Health Sciences, and she uses the products to support many of the patients who are in her practice to maintain their health. She has a large team of associates in her USANA organization, whom she coaches, trains and mentors with weekly meetings and phone conferences. She was just recently was recognized by USANA as a reaching a leadership level that only few associates reach worldwide. She leaves tomorrow for an all-expense-paid trip to Salt Lake City, where she will be given the “red carpet” treatment in recognition of her phenomenal business growth. There’s more: she is also a strong advocate and supporter in her synagogue and a past president of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico; and she and her husband have been honored for their philanthropic activities in the Jewish community. When you meet her, you think that she is a very low-key individual; and perhaps she is; but there is no doubt that this woman is an effective, key player in NAWBO and in the broader community. This Woman Business Owner of the Year is Dr. Janice Moranz, who specializes in Dematology and Dermatologic Surgery.