Cindy Bontrager


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Title: Owner, President

Company: Superior Seats Inc.

Location: Elkhart, IN

ELKHART, IN, January 11, 2017, Cindy Bontrager, Owner and President of Superior Seats Inc., has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in manufacturing operations.

Throughout her career, Ms. Bontrager has felt that her biggest challenge was dealing with men who did not believe that women could produce the same or an even better product. She was said to have definitely hit the glass ceiling in the industry, but she proved the naysayers wrong because her product is a step above. Ms. Bontrager is a goal-oriented people person with excellent organizational skills and innate creativity. Her greatest accomplishment has been making it through tough times with the business. She kept her company going through rough patches, which required her to downsize to 12 employees. She is now happy to report that she has returned to a team of 20.

Ms. Bontrager would like to change the aspect of obtaining products. Many of her suppliers rely on imported materials that take longer to get, and can get held up in red tape. In the old days, all of the materials came from local sources. She would like to see that again. Ms. Bontrager says that she really enjoys what she does and the team with which she works. She’d like to be remembered for doing things the right way, as well as being fair, honest and respectable.

In her spare time, Ms. Bontrager enjoys traveling in her recreational vehicle, fishing, boating and bowling. Her goal is to do more of what she does currently, keeping the same quality products while growing in size.

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Sue McCrae


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Title: President

Company: Argyle Business Solutions Ltd.

Location: Blind Bay, BC, Canada

BLIND BAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, January 10, 2017, Sue McCrae, President of Argyle Business Solutions Ltd., has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in business solutions.

Ms. McCrae has 37 years of professional experience, with 16 years as the President of Argyle Business Solutions Ltd. Throughout her career, she has set herself apart as an expert in strategic leadership, change management, accounting and finance. Ms. McCrae is adept at taking struggling companies and making them profitable, as well as helping large and small businesses meet the challenges of growth, change and reorganization.

Ms. McCrae has had the opportunity to work in a variety of industries and businesses, including agriculture, construction, manufacturing, finance, forestry, retail and service. She was instrumental in establishing start-up financial controls for a large abattoir and led the quality improvement process during the initial years of operation, in addition to her accounting position. Additionally, Ms. McCrae was involved in the successful start-up of Downie Timber as controller quickly establishing financial controls during the critical first year of operation.

Looking back, Ms. McCrae attributes her success to her tenacity and natural business sense, as well as being observant. She became involved in her profession because she has been in business for more than 30 years, helping startups and turning businesses around. An entrepreneur in spirit, she enjoys assisting others through strategic planning to improve and grow their business. Ms. McCrae has worked for some larger companies, through growth, change, reorganization and start-ups. An understanding gained through years of experience provides the base required to successfully assist her clients.

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Sharon A. Burt


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sharon-burtTitle: Manager of Consulting Services

Company: OneAmerica Retirement Services LLC

Location: San Diego, CA


SAN DIEGO, CA, January 3, 2017, Sharon A. Burt, Manager of Consulting Services at OneAmerica Retirement Services LLC, has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in retirement consultation.

Ms. Burt has 35 years of professional experience, with 19 years as a manager of consulting services at OneAmerica Retirement Services LLC. On a daily basis, she is responsible for overseeing the ERISA compliance unit, handling the legal plan documents for retirement plans, reporting finances to governments on the retirement plans and consulting on retirement plans.

While working in insurance and handling retirement plans, Ms. Burt was given the opportunity to transfer over to the financial and banking industry. She joined City National Bank in October 1996 as the vice president and ERISA compliance manager and has become an integral part of its success.

Looking back, Ms. Burt attributes her success to her dedication, perfectionism, and ability to build good relationships with clients. She became involved in her profession because it was a great opportunity, and she was working in insurance, handling retirement plans.

Ms. Burt received a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from UCLA. She maintains affiliation with the National Institute of Pension Administrators, Western Pension Benefits and the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.

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Mary M. Swift


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swift-mary-1487366Title: Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs Operations

Company: Terumo Cardiovascular Systems

Location: Ann Arbor, MI


Ann Arbor, MI, December 22, 2016, Mary M. Swift, Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs Operations at Terumo Cardiovascular Systems, has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in oncology and microbiology.

Ms. Swift has 38 years of professional experience, with five years as a senior manager of regulatory affairs operations for Terumo Cardiovascular Systems. As an expert in oncology and microbiology, Ms. Swift oversees management of recalls and market withdrawals. She also handles compliance related issues, and she manages International registrations listings regarding international standards. Ms. Swift manages duties as they relate to full-cycle analysis processing. As a woman in today’s world Mary has had good mentors which has contributed to her success. The advice she would give the younger generation of women is to master the levels they currently occupy, then work on mastering the levels that are above them.

Ms. Swift received a Master of Arts in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University in 2006. She maintains affiliation with NCLAMA, the American Association of Blood Banks and ABM Knowledgeware Ltd. In years to come, Ms. Swift hopes to pursue dedication to her current industry and develop exemplary industry standards.

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Irma Monaco


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monaco-irma-2065213Title: Quality Operations Manager

Company: EMD Serono, Inc

Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, December 16, 2016, Irma Monaco, Quality Operations Manager of EMD Serono, Inc, has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in biopharmaceuticals.

Ms. Monaco has nearly two decades of pharmaceutical experience in the areas of submissions management and medical services. Her technical and analytical expertise covers a wide spectrum of pharmaceuticals, biologics, devices and over-the-counter products. In addition, she has ensured that chemistry data, including submission data generated by the laboratory and process validation, complies with standard operating procedures and good manufacturing practice.

Looking back, Ms. Monaco attributes her success to her passion, patience and ability to connect with others. She became involved in her profession after graduation, when she interviewed with a firm that was being purchased by a larger company whose regulatory team was leaving. The head of regulatory services invited her to join her in a consulting role where Ms. Monaco helped build a team from five to 100 people. Her contribution to the growth and success of the different pharmaceutical organizations she has worked for has been the highlight of her career.

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Donna Wilson


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wilson-donna-2150281Title: Clinical Fitness Specialist

Company: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Location: New York, NY


New York, New York, December 15, 2016, Donna J. Wilson, RN, MSN, RRT, Personal Trainer, Clinical Fitness Specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in personal fitness.

Donna J. Wilson has more than 50 years of experience as a registered nurse and personal trainer, and she brings this experience to her position as a clinical fitness specialist of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Ms. Wilson is a strong believer in the power of exercise, and she feels that cancer survivors tend to have a better quality of life when they incorporate exercise into their after-treatment recovery. Ms. Wilson meets individually with each patient to determine their physical capabilities and work out a strength-building regimen that also has psychological benefits. Studies have shown that physical activity through exercise leads to increased endorphin production, which lessens depression and anxiety and leads to a more positive outlook in patients.

Through her work, Ms. Wilson endeavors to change the hospital culture into a more nurturing environment that is better equipped to deal with the physical and emotional needs of patients. Just as she works to transform patients from frail to fit, Ms. Wilson hopes to encourage health care professionals to lead by example, encouraging patients to take a more active role in preventative health measures. To accomplish this, she plans to start a health initiative to help nurses with exercise classes and educate them on the risks of obesity and smoking.

Outside of work, Ms. Wilson is pursuing certification as a dragon boat coach, which is also another passion of hers. She is very proud of being part of the Empire Dragon Boat Team, which is made up of cancer survivors that cheer each other on. They work as a team, train and have very positive physical and emotional outcomes. Aside from their camaraderie with health issues, they are busy getting their bodies in fit shape to help extend their lifespan.

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Elaine G. Ninberg


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Title: Sales Agent

Company: Home Smart

Location: Murrieta, CA

Murrieta, California, December 16, 2016, Elaine G. Ninberg, GRI, Certified Senior Specialist and Sales Agent of Home Smart, has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in real estate sales.

Ms. Ninberg brings 39 years of experience to her role as a Sales Agent of Home Smart. As a real estate agent, she feels that her greatest strength is her people skills. Her strengths include honesty, integrity and the fact that she cares for her clients. She specializes with senior citizens and new home buyers and considers it to be her niche. Home Smart is a real estate firm that provides the necessary resources to help guide clients toward making the decision that will work best for them. She is committed to your satisfaction which is an integral first step in the buying and selling process. She encourages all prospective clients to do a thorough investigation of potential agents before making any verbal agreements or signing any written contracts.

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Marie Elena Clemenger


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Title: Owner/Professional Tax Preparer

Company: Alpha Tax & Business Accounting System

Location: Weatherford, TX

Weatherford, Texas, December 15, 2016, Marie Elena Clemenger, Owner and Professional Tax Preparer of Alpha Tax & Business Accounting System, has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in tax preparation.

As a woman in today’s world, Ms. Clemenger feels that dealing with men in a certain way has contributed to her success. She does not respond as a female to men. Her approach and reaction is neutral. She does not react differently or feel intimidated. There are times that a man would reach a road block with her and feel that he wanted a second opinion. However, they invariably come back for her services after realizing what she had proposed was accurate.

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Elaine G. Adevai


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Adevai, Elaine 968265Title: Executive Director
Company: New Vista for Families, Inc.
Location: Staten Island, NY United States

Staten Island, NY, December 8, 2015, Elaine Adevai, Executive Director of New Vista for Families, Inc., has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in nonprofit organization.

Ms. Adevai’s achievements have been largely fueled by her career as a psychologist. As the executive director of the New Vista for Families shelter on Staten Island, Ms. Adevai’s work is important to the lives of the families the facility assists. The shelter serves as a temporary home and counseling center for domestic abuse victims and their families. Ms. Adevai supervises the staff and offers counseling and therapeutic services. She also handles community outreach to raise donations, and helps the women and children that are referred to New Vista get back on their feet and find permanent housing.

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Valerie Tubner


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tubner-valerie-2053158Title: Document Management Specialist

Company: B. Braun USA

Location: Easton, PA


Ms. Tubner has three years of experience as a document management specialist of B. Braun USA. Each day, she is responsible for creating and updating procedures, while also working on medical documents and making sure they are updated and approved for product inspections. As a builder of partnerships and business relationships, Ms. Tubner intimately understands the avenues of influence and focuses on key elements to win respect, influence people, and cultivate cooperation. Ms. Tubner is quiet but strong in problem solving, idea generation, consulting, facilitation and project management, and has completed every demand that came her way.

She started her career working for AT&T Long Lines as one of the first female communications technicians in Wayne, Pennsylvania. There were challenges in this position, including trying to establish credibility and prove that she was a member of the team. Ms. Tubner later transitioned to work at the AT&T headquarters in Bedminster, New Jersey, and progressed in building partnerships, implementing processes for win-win outcomes, and using basic principles of negotiation to sell ideas and enact changes.

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