The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce honored excellence in business by celebrating six outstanding women at the 2011 AXA Advisors Businesswomen of the Year Awards on Friday, March 11, at 11:30 a.m. at the newly renovated and re-opened Coral Gables Country Club.
“We are very proud and honored to once again present and sponsor the Businesswomen of the Year Awards,” said Luis Chiappy, Regional Executive Vice President of AXA Advisors. “Our company works towards recognizing the particular needs of businesswomen, and women in general. With that goal in mind, we have designed a series of programs and specialized financial plans to help women take control of their finances and their financial future.”
The Chamber also presented Marge Hunt Hartnett with the Margaret St. Germain Cornerstone Award for her tireless contributions to the Coral Gables community. This award is in honor of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce’s first woman chair, who served the organization from 1975-1976. She’s remembered as a mentor by many and as a member of the “Committee of 21,” which was instrumental in bringing multinational businesses into the City of Coral Gables.
The 2011 AXA Advisors Businesswomen of the Year Awards were created to recognize women who demonstrate excellence in their business or profession, as well as a commitment to serve as role models for other women.
Jackie Nespral, anchor and reporter for NBC 6, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies and announced the winner in each of the five categories: Entrepreneur, Corporate, Philanthropy, Public Service/Non-Profit and Retailer/Restauranteur.
The following leaders are the winners in their corresponding categories of the 2011 AXA Advisors Businesswomen of Year Awards:
Entrepreneur Category – Presented By Touché Beauty
Joy Wallace, A Joy Wallace Catering Production & Design Team
Corporate Category – Presented by Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation
Marti Mang, TotalBank
Philanthropy Category – Presented by Earl M. Foster Associates
Patricia San Pedro, San Pedro Productions
Public Service/ Non-Profit Category – Presented by US Century Bank
Lucy Morillo-Agenetti, Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation
Retailer/ Restauranteur Category
Misha Kuryla-Gomez, Misha’s Cupcakes
The title sponsor for this event was AXA Advisors, LLC. Touché Beauty was sponsoring the Entrepreneur Award category; US Century Bank was sponsoring the Non-Profit/Public Service Award category; Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation was sponsoring the Corporate Award category and Earl M. Foster Associates was sponsoring the Philanthropy Award Category. Video Production of each finalist was produced by Dan’s Video Creations. The Media Partner was the South Florida Business Journal.
The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce is a 1,500 member, not-for-profit business association whose mission is to foster and enhance the economic interests and quality of life in the Coral Gables community.