Submitted by Peggy Smolen, McKinney Magazine
In partnership with the Women’s Alliance of McKinney, McKinney Magazine, a publication of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce, recognized the 2012 Women in Business award winners during a ceremony on May 24 at the Grand Hotel & Ballroom in Historic Downtown McKinney.
The annual Top 25 Women in Business program in its 3rd year honors remarkable women whose professional accomplishments and contributions to the community go well above and beyond the norm. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women in the workforce are vital to our nation’s economy, which means that women are also essential to the continued vigor of the North Texas economy.
McKinney Magazine sought nominations from people throughout the community to spotlight exceptional women in McKinney. The nominees were women of high character, who are outstanding in their professional fields and are community partners. An impartial, independent selection committee of respected business professionals then reviewed all the nominees – and had the difficult task of compiling the 2012 honorees.
The honorees are all women with integral roles in the community with extraordinary professional or community services achievements. The award winners were recognized during the unveiling of the June 2012 issue of McKinney Magazine, and the honorees are featured in the issue.
McKinney is indebted to the following women who bring integrity, high energy, creativity and a cooperative spirit to every effort they undertake.
Carrie Alfieri, Pinnacle Eye Associates
Beth Bentley, McKinney Housing Authority
Carolyn Corbin, Center For The 21st Century
Priscilla Darling, ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship
LeAnn Duong, A3 Alterations & Tuxedo
Jan Elwell, Appian Commercial Realty
Kimberly Fink, Total Body Health
Kristin Green, Verdunity Inc.
Dorie Helsley, Cotton Hearts
Terry Irby, Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Inc.
Jennifer Irwin, Baylor Medical Center at McKinney
Hannah Jones, Allegiance Title Co.
Cleo Meredith, The Pantry Restaurant
Holly Milstead, Keller Williams Realty
Sarah Mitchell, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
April Nordhaus, Nordhaus Walpole PLLC
Kathy Parker, Community Volunteer
Terrie Rattan, The Body Shop Collision Repair
Sharon Sessoms, NextMedia Group-97.5 KLAK
Lynne Sipiora, The Samaritan Inn
Sara Thomas, Square One Mortgage
Connie Thomason, Thomason Tire Inc.
Barbara Tomes, Tomes Auto Group
Deborah Toney, Deborah Toney Agency
Karen Zupinac, J. Preston Automation
McKinney Magazine would like to thank the selection committee: Mary Martha Stewart, Nan Reiderer and Gerry Ruschhaupt. These three women, all past recipients of the Top 25 Women In Business, have also made a significant positive impact in McKinney by dedicating themselves to their community – and they recognize the value of honoring community partners.