Ernst & Young LLP honors 11 national winners of 2012 Entrepreneurial Winning
Program winners defy the odds and spur dramatic company and job growth in
PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Nov. 14, 2012
PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --At its annual Ernst &
Young Strategic Growth Forum® in Palm Springs, Ernst & Young LLP honored the
11 winners of its 2012 Entrepreneurial Winning Women program. This national
competition and executive leadership initiative identifies a select group of
women entrepreneurs and connects them with the resources needed to scale their
businesses and become market leaders. The winners, who were selected by a
distinguished panel of independent judges from a competitive pool of 110 U.S.
applicants, come from many different industry sectors, geographies and
backgrounds. Combined, the group's total 2011 revenues are nearly $85 million.
The 2012 winners are:
oAllyson Ames | Wonderland Lifestyle Brands (Newport Beach, Calif.):
Wonderland Bakery® is a unique destination specializing in delicious
desserts and whimsical products that make every day a celebration. A
national favorite of families, celebrities and the White House, the brand
is expanding beyond baking to include merchandising, media and
oEmily Armenta | Armenta (Houston, Texas): Armenta is a global luxury brand
with roots in high-end designer jewelry. As design innovators, Armenta
produces handcrafted jewelry and hardware for exotic skin leather goods.
Its manufacturing facility is also home to its school, which trains the
next generation of artisans. Armenta sells to the finest retailers in the
US and around the world, including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and
Harrods department store.
oLeslie Firtell | Tower Legal Solutions (New York, N.Y.): Tower Legal
Solutions is a full-service legal staffing and managed review company that
provides experienced legal professionals and e-discovery project
management support to law firms and corporations. The company prides
itself on unmatched client service, accountability and transparency in the
client/candidate relationship which, when combined, enhance project and
oFiona Gathright | Wellness Corporate Solutions, LLC (Cabin John, Md.):
Wellness Corporate Solutions (WCS) is a nationwide corporate wellness and
biometric screening company committed to providing high-touch wellness
programs that reduce healthcare costs. WCS educates, engages and empowers
employees with tools and resources to make healthy lifestyle changes. WCS
is number 533 on Inc. magazine's list of fastest growing private companies
and works with leading Fortune 500 companies.
oKara Goldin | HINT (San Francisco, Calif.): Launched in 2005, HINT is the
maker of the great tasting, no calorie, unsweetened essence waters HINT
and HINT FIZZ. HINT does more than hydrate, it's at the heart of a healthy
lifestyle and helps consumers vow to Drink Water, Not Sugar®.
oAllison O'Kelly | Mom Corps (Fort Washington, Pa.): Mom Corps is a
professional staffing firm that connects employers with a unique pool of
80,000 experienced professionals seeking flexible work. With franchise
offices located throughout the U.S., Mom Corps places its candidates in
flexible jobs at the nation's leading companies across many functions,
including Finance, Marketing, HR, Legal and Strategy.
oDr. Ellen Stang | ProgenyHealth^® (Conshohocken, Pa.): ProgenyHealth®
delivers care management solutions to insurers and employer groups,
managing the health care services provided to premature infants admitted
to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Care for preterm infants in the
US costs $26 billion annually. ProgenyHealth's clinically driven program
promotes appropriate NICU utilization, improves access to care, educates
family members and reduces costs while maintaining the highest quality of
oTammy Tedesco | Edibles Rex Management Services (Detroit, Mich.): Edibles
Rex Management Services is a healthy school food service provider, serving
more than 10,000 meals per day. Its focus is nutritional, quality,
made-from-scratch meals that children love. The company provides the food,
delivery and friendly service staff to accommodate federally-guided
oMichelle Marciniak and Susan Walvius | SHEEX (Irmo, S.C.): Elite athletes
and coaches Michelle and Susan co-founded SHEEX after inventing the
world's first performance fabric luxury bed sheet. Through innovative
product development, SHEEX evolved to create a new category in functional
bedding focused on the science of sleep and recovery. SHEEX designs,
markets and sells several different brands of performance bedding and
sleepwear throughout retail stores nationally.
oKari Warberg Block | Earth-Kind^TM (Bismarck, N.D.): Earth-Kind
manufactures the first and only EPA-certified natural rodent repellent,
FRESH CAB^®. With up to 50 percent of the globe affected by rodent
issues, this market-transforming product delivers results without risks –
it's actually safe enough for humans and pets to eat. The company's
customers, like John Deere and Ace Hardware, trust Earth-Kind's
innovations to save millions of dollars in rodent damage each year.
Women entrepreneurs play an essential role in creating sustainable economic
growth in today's uncertain economy. In fact, women start businesses at twice
the rate as men. But, despite robust growth in early stages, women-owned
companies don't always scale up to their full potential.
"Our Entrepreneurial Winning Women program helps bridge the gap for an area we
call 'the missing middle' – those second-stage women business owners whose
companies have emerged from the start-up phase but face a crucial inflection
point in their growth journey," said Kerrie MacPherson, Partner and
Entrepreneurial Winning Women Executive Sponsor, Ernst & Young LLP. "By
providing the right information, networks and guidance, we're able to help
these talented women access capital, identify strong business advisors and put
the processes in place to radically expand their companies."
Research shows that the Entrepreneurial Winning Women program is paying off in
a big way. Revenues of program participants' companies have grown almost 50%
each year on average, with a corresponding 25% average annual growth in the
number of jobs, according to a recent independent study directed by the Babson
College Center for Women's Leadership.
"The Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program has totally changed my definition
of 'big' and opened my eyes to the growth potential for our company," said Amy
Buckner Chowdhry, CEO, AnswerLab and a 2011 Entrepreneurial Winning Woman.
"I'm thinking entirely differently about how we measure being the market
The 11 members of the Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2012 received an
all-expense paid trip to this year's Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®
2012 in Palm Springs, an invitation-only gathering of more than 2,000
high-growth, market-leading company CEOs. The Forum presents a one-of-a-kind
platform for Entrepreneurial Winning Women to introduce their companies and
share their corporate and personal brands with a community of Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year® winners, top executives, prospective investors and
The Entrepreneurial Winning Women program is conducted in collaboration with
several organizations that encourage the growth of women-owned businesses,
including the Women Presidents' Organization (WPO), the Women's Business
Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the National Association of Women
Business Owners (NAWBO), The Committee of 200 (C200), the Kauffman Foundation
and Babson College's Center for Women's Leadership. For more information on
the program, visit www.ey.com/us/entrepreneurialwinningwomen.
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