Over 600 community leaders, including elected officials from Burbank, Pasadena, Monrovia, and Duarte, celebrated Business Life Magazine’s 20th anniversary and the Women Extraordinaire Awards Banquet on Wednesday evening, Sept. 22 at the Glendale Hilton Hotel. Also in attendance were large numbers of state and local elected officials, community members, representatives from charitable, non-profit organizations and businesses.
Saluting the women achievers was ushered in by Greg Krikorian, master of ceremonies and executive vice president of Business Life Magazine. The top 20 women achievers from 1990-2010 marched in to a standing room filled with applause and the strains of “She’s A Lady” by Tom Jones.
Once settled, the room was presented with the colors by the Crescenta Valley High School AFJROTC Color Guard, followed by the Invocation by Rachel Ray, Salvation Army Glendale Corps and the Pledge of Alliance delivered by Zarmine Nacasshian, executive Armenian American Nurses Society.
The program unveiled the Women Achievers of 2010, along with recognition of the Top 20 Women Achievers from 1990-2010. Each received a special plaque that included the Business Life cover for the year that they were recognized.
Guest speakers included Michele Memmott, governor, Camino Real Region, Soroptimist International of the Americas and Wendy Greuel, city controller of Los Angeles.
The program concluded with a special surprise Unsung Hero Award that was presented to Elsie Krikorian, the mother of emcee Greg and Business Life Magazine executive administrator.
The top 20 women honorees for 1990-2010 were Donna Anderson, TJ Baptie, Mary Boger, Pam Corradi, Phyllis Currie, Ruby De Vera, Edith Fuentes, Gerda Govine, Brandi Hackitt, Nell Hollomand, Ruthie Hopkins, Dr. Frieda Jordan, Kathy Lefkovits, Leslie Lesh, Adel Luzuriaga, Elizabeth Manasserian, Jaylene Mosely, Marsha Ramos, Mercy Velazquez and Cathy Zappala.
Women Extraordinaire 2010 were Paula Devine, Anita Quinonez Gabrielian, Louisa Gorgian, Alice Griselle, Julie Gutierrez, Stacie Olivares-Howard, Aleen Boladian-Kaypekian, Judee Kendall, Debbie Kukta, Brenda Lantieri, Gail Lara, Dr Dawn Lindsay, Sandra Mejia, Kim Milstien, Liz Mirzaian, Anja Reinke, Marsha V. Rood, Rima Abedi-Sagherian, and Juanita West Tillman, GRI.
Women achievers in memoriam were Mary Hamilton, Katie Nack and Sue Stamper.