Entrepreneurial Winning Women™

2014 award winners

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Meet the 2014 Entrepreneurial Winning Women. These dynamic women entrepreneurs join our elite network of the country’s best high-growth companies and will now participate in our customized leadership program designed to connect them with the advisors, resources and insights they need to scale their businesses.


EY - Kathy Cheng

Kathy Cheng
Redwood Classics Apparel
Toronto, Ontario

Redwood Classics Apparel is one of North America’s few vertically integrated apparel manufacturers, proudly producing on Canadian soil. They help premium retail and designer brands by focusing on quality, low minimums, speed to market, flexibility and a collaborative approach to product development and bulk production. By considering each client a business partner, clients are freed to focus on their core competencies, while Redwood Classics helps them execute efficiently and effectively.

EY - Tonia Jahshan

Tonia Jahshan
Steeped Tea, Inc.
Ancaster, Ontario

Tea is poised to overtake the coffee market by 2020. Taking advantage of this trend, Steeped Tea has driven 3,000% revenue growth in the last two years by direct selling loose-leaf tea at in-home parties. Through the company’s 5,000 North American consultants, they’re creating entrepreneurs every single day.

EY - Kristen Wood

Kristen Wood
The Ten Spot, Inc.
Toronto, Ontario

The Ten Spot is a quickly-growing chain of upscale beauty spas, offering impeccably executed manicures, pedicures and waxing services in an ultra-clean and hip environment. The spa industry is a $14 billion market, and The Ten Spot has perfected the first turn-key franchise model that allows franchisees to easily open, successfully operate and readily grow their locations. The company’s goal is to be known as the most reputable and recognized beauty bar in the world — in other words, they want to be the Starbucks of spas.

United States:

EY - Britnie Faith Turner

Britnie Faith Turner
Aerial Development Group
Nashville, TN

Aerial Development Group is Nashville’s largest infill residential real estate development company. Aerial buys up transitional areas of the urban core, revitalizes them and makes them the fastest-appreciating areas of town. The company has grown to $30 million in revenue with $90 million in assets in its first five years. Aerial has expanded into three other cities and has global ambitions. Britnie bought her first rental property at the age of 18 after a trip to Africa, where she was moved to make a real difference; real estate development is her means to do that.

EY - Beth Chase

Beth Chase
Nashville, TN

c3/consulting is a management consulting firm working with Fortune 1000 and growth companies to successfully navigate critical inflection points, like mergers and acquisitions, strategy shifts, emerging competitive or market pressures, significant regulation changes, and scaling infrastructure for growth. The company works as an extension of private equity firms and the C-suite to ensure important change happens. Their secret sauce is very different from traditional consulting firms: c3 acts as a catalyst to drive transformational change, bringing a unique, roll-up-your-sleeves, people-centric approach to align teams and accelerate execution. They have a 90%+ client retention rate and have doubled their revenue over the past three years.

EY - Robin Ferracone

Robin Ferracone
Farient Advisors, LLC
Pasadena, CA

Farient Advisors is an executive compensation and performance consulting and data company. They are retained primarily by Fortune 500 compensation committees and senior management to design executive pay programs that support the strategy and performance of the business while providing reasonable compensation for the performance delivered. Additionally, they capture, publish and sell compensation data subscriptions around pay and performance alignment. Farient gets to know their clients extraordinarily well, establishing trust and delivering advice supported by strong analytics. They enjoy a retention rate of close to 100%.

EY - Elena Bajic

Elena Bajic
Ivy Exec, Inc.
New York, NY

Ivy Exec is a highly selective and curated career community that offers career advancement resources to global business leaders, as well as recruitment, employment branding and market research to leading universities and companies across industries. Although the company accepts only 40% of their applicants, membership has grown to half a million high-caliber professionals. Ivy Exec leverages their technology platform and curated community to offer innovative recruitment solutions to clients such as Google, eBay and The Economist, as well as members of the Fortune 1000 and rapidly growing entrepreneurial companies. Their recruitment services typically reduce the cost per hire by over 30%, in addition to shortening the time to hire.

EY - Amy Norman

EY - Stella Ma

Amy Norman and Stella Ma
Little Passports
San Francisco, CA

Little Passports inspires children to learn about the world through monthly subscription-based products. Each month, children receive a package in their mailbox from Little Passports characters Sam and Sofia. With the World Edition, children learn about a new country each month. With the USA Edition, they learn about two new states each month. Every package arrives filled with activities, stickers, souvenirs, photos and access to online games and activities. All content is unique, high-quality and created in-house, resulting in customer retention that is 4 to 6 times the industry average and tripling revenue year-over-year. Little Passports has partnered with companies such as Facebook and the National Geographic Society as they seek to build the next major global multimedia children’s brand.

EY - Christine Lantinen

Christine Lantinen
Maud Borup, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN

Maud Borup is a wholesale food gift manufacturer specializing in gourmet candy, snacks and beverage for specialty and mass retailers like Target and Walmart. They provide a high level of customer service to retailers and wholesalers through custom product design and development, a lean supply chain and green manufacturing practices. In 2014 alone, Maud Borup produced 3 million gift sets and brought 150 new items to market. The company takes pride in packing its gifts in the US and sourcing a majority of its food and packaging components in the US. Maud Borup’s factory is located in LeCenter, MN, where they additionally provide contract packing and are GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) certified.

EY - Sabina Teshler

Sabina Teshler
SET Creative
Portland, OR

SET Creative is an experiential agency. They specialize in creating engaging experiences at retail and live events that connect consumers to brands — experiences that result in sales, social media sharing and building brand equity. SET works with world-class brands such as Nike, Google, Victoria’s Secret and BMW. They are passionate about creating meaningful, best-in-class experiences, holistically incorporating the digital and social components that are present in our everyday lives. Most important, these immersive experiences make consumers lifelong fans of the brand.

EY - Lisa Hufford

Lisa Hufford
Simplicity Consulting, Inc.
Kirkland, WA

Companies today must stay relevant and go to market faster in an ever-changing and increasingly competitive business environment. Simplicity Consulting has the solution. They deliver scalable, integrated, custom marketing talent solutions to Fortune 1000 companies in the technology, retail, health care, financial services and wireless industries. Simplicity’s teams are powered by experts in social media, digital PR, content marketing, campaign management, data analytics and sales enablement. The company has successfully completed thousands of projects with Microsoft, T-Mobile, Amazon, HP, Ericsson, Russell Investments and others, resulting in powerful brand experiences with their customers.

EY - Sarah Kauss

Sarah Kauss
S’well Bottle
New York, NY

Sarah Kauss designed and developed the first “hydration accessory” bottle, which keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. S’well bottles are sold in 35 countries and thousands of stores, including J. Crew and Nordstrom, and to direct customers such as Facebook, Microsoft and the TED Conference. S’well is the only bottle that looks great and does good, with donations made to charity partners for every bottle sold.