Over 300 CEOs and decision-makers joined SmartCEO in honoring female CEOs at the
highly anticipated, high-energy celebration
Baltimore, MD (July 11, 2013) — Baltimore SmartCEO recognized the area’s top female CEOs
at the 2013 Brava! Awards, which took place on Wednesday, July 10 at the American Visionary
Art Museum. This year’s winners collectively generated $174 million in revenue and employed
more than 2,140 people. Additionally, the 2013 Brava! winners were profiled in the July 2013
issue of Baltimore SmartCEO magazine.
SmartCEO received more than 200 nominations across the Mid-Atlantic for the award. A group
of Greater Baltimore business leaders formed the Brava! committee and chose the 25 winners.
For a complete list of winners, please see below.
For more information on the Brava! winners, visit www.smartceo.com to view the digital edition
of the July 2013 issue.
“With each iteration of the Brava! program, I am constantly amazed by the passion and drive
these leaders possess. These women are doing exceptional things not only for Baltimore’s
business community but also for the communities in which we all work and live. Their impact is
felt far and wide, and we’re excited to see how much more they can do as the years pass,” says
Jaime Nespor, group publisher of SmartCEO. “We are honored to recognize such a group of
women and their accomplishments.”
The winners were celebrated in style at the Baltimore Brava! Awards ceremony. An impressive
audience of friends, colleagues and family came together to celebrate the winners’ achievements.
In addition, one past Brava! winner was honored the evening of the event with her induction into
the Brava! Hall of Fame. Janet Amirault of Software Consortium, from the Brava! class of 2011,
was the 2013 Brava! Hall of Fame inductee.
The event kicked off with a high-energy cocktail reception followed by an engaging, videopacked
awards ceremony. Attendees also donated articles of clothing to support SmartCEO’s
Baltimore Brava! Awards charity partner Success in Style, an organization that helps women and
men in crisis in the Baltimore-Washington Corridor become self-sufficient and employed by
providing suits and changing lives.
Watch as the 2013 Brava! Award Winners (including our President, Judy McGovern) tell us about their most recent business success, their personal mottos and the best piece of advice they have been given.
2013 Baltimore Brava! Winners
Tina Wynegar, Bay-Tek Consulting, Inc.
Halle Van der Gaag, Blue Water Baltimore
C. Lorena Streb, CertaPro Painters Baltimore Central
Cynthia Crockett, Crockett Facilities Services, Inc.
Alyce Dailey, The Dailey Group of Keller Williams Realty
Traci A. Barnett, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
Lisa Rusyniak, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.
Judith R. Mason, Harford Community Action Agency
Mary L. Hastler, Harford County Public Library
Patricia Bonney, The Highlands School
Emily Gordon, Hot Spots Extended Care Programs, Inc.
Elizabeth Rendon-Sherman, LG-TEK
Lisa Vogel, The Lisa Vogel Agency
Jeanette Glose Partlow, Maryland Chemical Company, Inc.
Carol Quirk, Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education
Kathleen M. Davis, MKS&H
Heather Harvison, My Sister’s Circle, Inc.
Cassie Shafer, National Kidney Foundation of Maryland
Laurie Chester Lessans, OGS Order Green Supply LLC
Kathie H. Okun, The Okun Group, Inc.
Judith McGovern, RealStreet Staffing
Debbie Nazelrod, A Salon by Debbie Corporation
Nancy R. Smit, SHR Associates, Inc.
Elianne Ramos, Speak Hispanic, LLC
Ida Cheinman, Substance151, Benefit LLC
SmartCEO is an exclusive community of CEOs and business executives, highly regarded
mentors and well-respected thought leaders whose experiences benefit their organizations and
the communities in which they serve. SmartCEO’s mission is to educate and inspire the business
community through the pages of its award-winning magazine, connections at C-level events and
access to valuable online resources.
For more than a decade, SmartCEO has been a leader in helping CEOs tell their stories in print,
in person and in video. SmartCEO’s Mid-Atlantic focus began in Baltimore and has grown to
include Philadelphia, Washington DC and New York City.
About the Brava! Awards
SmartCEO’s Brava! Awards program celebrates top female CEOs who combine their
irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community. Brava!
award winners are exemplary leaders of their companies and in the community who encourage
local philanthropy, mentor fellow CEOs and set their companies on the path to tremendous
growth. Each year, an independent panel of business leaders selects 25 Brava! winners
based on applications submitted. SmartCEO shares their inspiring stories in SmartCEO magazine
and celebrates their success at an awards celebration.