The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce celebrated National Women’s Month by honoring eight outstanding women and one organization during the 2018 AXA Advisors Businesswomen of the Year Awards in March.
This signature awards program is hosted by the chamber annually, in partnership with AXA Advisors, and recognizes outstanding women business leaders in the community who have achieved excellence in their profession, serve as role models for women and are deeply passionate about our collective Miami.
“Someone said earlier that it takes a village to be successful and I would like to start by recognizing my team,” said C.L. Conroy, recipient of the Outstanding Corporate Leader Award. “Your smartest moment in business is surrounding yourself with smarter people in business.
My firm is the Madonna of PR firms because of the number of times we’ve had to reinvent ourselves over the last 28 years; but I wake up every day and it doesn’t feel like I’m going to work because I enjoy it so much.”
This year’s list of outstanding honorees:
Outstanding Non-Profit/ Public Service Award sponsored by City National Bank of Florida — Jacqueline Sousa, Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida International University;
Outstanding Retailer Award sponsored by Flower Fanatic — Marichi O’Rourke, Montica Jewelry;
Outstanding Healthcare Professional Award — Pilar Baena, Smiles & Sonrisas;
Outstanding Philanthropist Award sponsored by Roxana Zubia — Barbara K. Norland, BKVN Consulting Inc.;
Outstanding Educator Award sponsored by Florida Blue — Maria Martinez, International Studies Preparatory Academy at Gables (ISPA);
Outstanding Real Estate Professional Award sponsored by Coral Gables Magazine —
Monique Selman, Albany Homes Construction;
Outstanding Entrepreneur Award sponsored by Northwestern Mutual – Darling Lie-Nielsen — C.L. Conroy, The Conroy Martinez Group;
Outstanding Corporate Leader Award sponsored by AXA Advisors LLC — Rachel A. Camber, Markowitz Ringel Trusty & Hartog PA, and
Chamber Partner of the Year Award — Coral Gables Woman’s Club.
“We are very proud and honored to once again present and sponsor the Businesswomen of the Year Awards,” said Luis Chiappy, executive vice president of AXA Advisors LLC. “Our company works towards recognizing the particular financial planning 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.”