Fifty Thriving Women Entrepreneurs Recognized in Dallas for Their Texas-Sized Growth

  Fifty Thriving Women Entrepreneurs Recognized in Dallas for Their
  Texas-Sized Growth

  Women Presidents' Organization and its sponsor American Express OPEN Name
           Annual Top 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies

Business Wire

DALLAS -- May 2, 2013

The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) today released the sixth ranking of
the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/led companies in North America in its
annual program sponsored by American Express OPEN, the small business division
of American Express. The Top 50 generated a combined $3.2 billion in 2012
revenues and collectively employed 24,000 people in 2012.

Happy Family, which offers a complete line of organic meals and snacks for
families based in New York, has taken the top spot for 2013. Shazi Visram,
founder and chief executive officer saw her 10-year-old company’s revenue
quadruple in two years from $13.3 million in 2010 to $62.3 million in 2012.

Strategic Communications, a Louisville-based provider of technology services,
tripled her company’s employment within a two year span to take second place
this year. Kathy Mills, chief executive officer, has also nearly doubled the
company’s revenues from $23.1 million in 2010 to $41.2 million in 2012.

“This year more than half of the companies in the Top 50 are new to the
ranking and this trend illustrates how diverse women-owned and led companies
are,” said Marsha Firestone, Ph. D., president and founder of WPO. “We are so
pleased to continue our partnership with American Express OPEN in honoring
these trailblazing women and their amazing accomplishments.”

Research commissioned by American Express OPEN earlier this year shows that
the number of women-owned firms pulling in $10 million or more in annual sales
has jumped by 57% over 10 years.

“American Express OPEN is honored to support this elite group of women who
represent the full spectrum of industries and have become leaders within the
women business community,” said Randi Schochet, vice president at American
Express OPEN. “Entrepreneurship is an exciting option for women, and the
honorees we recognize today are excellent role models for women entrepreneurs,
focusing on growth and thereby creating jobs and boosting the economy.”

All submitted companies were ranked according to a sales growth formula that
combines percentage and absolute growth. From this list, the 50 Fastest were
selected. To be qualified for the ranking, businesses are required to be
privately held, woman-owned/led companies in the U.S. or Canada and reached
annual revenue of at least $500,000 in 2007 and $2 million in 2012.

More about the 2013 WPO Top 50:

  *The average revenue grew from $24.9 million in 2008 to $64.5 million in
  *Founded the business: 90%
  *Average age: 47
  *Average number of projected 2013 employees: 641

In order to help the Top 50 continue to seize even more business
opportunities, each of the honored business owners will be offered a $500
American Express gift card.

All 50 companies will be honored at a special event hosted by American Express
OPEN at the 2013 WPO Annual Conference in Dallas, TX on May 2, 2013. The
awards reception will take place from 6 – 9PM at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel.

The WPO’s 2013 Top 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies are:

   Entrepreneur Name     Company Name                 City, State/Province
1   Shazi Visram          Happy Family                 New York, NY
2   Kathy Mills           Strategic Communications     Louisville, KY
3   Shelly Sun            BrightStar Franchising, LLC  Gurnee, IL
4   Tiffany Crenshaw      Intellect Resources          Greensboro, NC
5   June Ressler          Cenergy International        Houston, TX
                            Services, LLC
6   Sue Bhatia            Rose International, Inc.     Chesterfield, MO
7   Anita Emoff           Boost Technologies           Dayton, OH
8   Kathleen Croddick     Suite K Value Added          South Brunswick, NJ
                            Services, LLC
9   Lani Hay              Lanmark Technology           Vienna, VA
10  Ranjini Poddar        Artech Information Systems,  Cedar Knolls, NJ
11  Tracy Balazs          Federal Staffing Resources,  Annapolis, MD
12  Lori Ann Blaker       TTi Global                   Rochester Hills, MI
13  Phyllis W. Newhouse   Xtreme Solutions, Inc.       Atlanta, GA
14  Claudine George       ICONMA LLC                   Troy, MI
15  Joy Taylor            TayganPoint Consulting       Lambertville, NJ
16  Sarah Valentini       Radius Financial Group,      Norwell, MA
17  Jacqueline B Wilson   American Fashion Network,    Manlius, NY
18  Elizabeth Elting      TransPerfect                 New York, NY
19  Therese Tucker        BlackLine Systems            Los Angeles, CA
20  Terry Lehmann         True Green Enterprises,      Boca Raton, FL
21  Pamela O'Rourke       ICON Information             Houston, TX
                            Consultants LP
22  Allison McGrath       Transformhealthrx            Statesboro, GA
23  Leslie A. Firtell,    Tower Legal Solutions        New York, NY
24  Shari Sandifer        Avant Healthcare             Casselberry, FL
25  Jennifer Smith        Innovative Office            Burnsville, MN
                            Solutions, LLC
26  Kara Trott            Quantum Health               Columbus, OH
27  Valerie Freeman       Anserteam, LLC               Dallas, TX
28  Leonora Valvo         Etouches                     Norwalk, CT
29  Keeli Jernigan        Trans-Expedite, Inc.         El Paso, TX
30  Noha Waibsnaider      Peeled Snacks                Brooklyn, NY
31  Sonja Hines           H&S Resources Corporation    Columbia, MD
32  Elaine Osgood         Atlas Travel                 Milford, MA
33  Annalisa Xioutas      Florida's Finest             Fort Myers, FL
                            Industries, Inc.
34  Rebecca Cenni         Atrium Staffing, LLC         New York, NY
35  Marianne Lancaster    Lancaster Packaging, Inc.    Hudson, MA
36  Anjali Ramakumaran    Ampcus, Inc.                 Chantilly, VA
37  Carol Craig           Craig Technologies           Cape Canaveral, FL
38  Barbara Levine        Exam Coordinators Network    Boca Raton, FL
39  Bernadette Milito     CSS Building Services, Inc.  Dayton, NJ
40  Celeste Gudas         24 Seven, Inc.               New York, NY
41  Carrie Kerpen         Likeable Media               New York, NY
42  Nancy McFarlane       MedPro RX, Inc.              Raleigh, NC
43  Marie Seipenko        Preferred Solutions, Inc.    Northville, MI
44  Orit Koren            Trillium FSB Inc.            Concord, ON
45  Lisa David            eCapital Advisors, LLC       Bloomington, MN
46  Suzanne Bachur        Premiere Executive           Halifax, NS
                            Suites/Atlantic Limited
47  Jessica Firestone     Tempest Telecom Solutions,   Santa Barbara, CA
48  Barbara               The Refinery Leadership      Vancouver, BC
     Ross-Denroche          Partners, Inc.
49  Cheryl Y Biron        One Horn Transportation      Wayne, NJ
50  Stephanie Point       Point 2 Point Global         Addison, TX
                            Security, Inc.

About the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)

The WPO is the premier peer advisory organization connecting women who own
multi-million dollar companies. In monthly meetings across four continents
(North America, South America, Europe, and Africa) chapters of 20 women
presidents – from diverse industries – invest time and energy in themselves
and their businesses to drive their corporations to the next level.Local WPO
chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator and meet monthly to
share business expertise and experience in a confidential setting. For more
information, call 212-688-4114 or visit

About American Express OPEN

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in the United States and supports business owners and entrepreneurs with
products and services to help them run and grow their businesses. This
includes business charge and credit cards that deliver purchasing power,
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