Posted on | April 18, 2012 | No Comments
The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has announced three finalists for the 2012 Business Woman of the Year award. The recipient will be honored at the 17th Annual Women in Business Conference and Trade Show on Wednesday, May 23, at The Buttes, A Marriott Resort, 2000 Westcourt Way in Tempe.
The award was established to recognize an outstanding business woman who has positively impacted the Tempe community. The finalists have achieved excellence in their fields, displayed leadership in the community, served as positive role models and are active in programs within the community and the Tempe Chamber. They have received numerous awards and accolades for their professionalism and spirit of service.
“The Business Woman of the Year award recognizes the valuable contributions that the candidates have made to the business community and to the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. Their hard work and dedication have made an admirable and positive impact that we are proud to recognize,” said Mary Ann Miller, President and CEO of the Tempe Chamber.
The three finalists are Julie Kent, owner of here on the corner; Deborah Ostreicher, Deputy Aviation Director at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport; and Robin Trick, co-owner and operator of House of Tricks Restaurant.
Julie Kent is the owner of here on the corner, a boutique in Tempe that carries products by many local designers. Subsequent to purchasing the shop in May 2011, she was nominated as a top 10 retailer in Dallas Market Centers’ annual nationwide Next Big Give contest due to her philanthropic work for Maggie’s Place, which serves homeless pregnant women in Tempe, Phoenix and Glendale. Kent is a member of Local First Arizona and sits on the Downtown Tempe Community board of directors, as well as their Retail Committee. Kent is also a graduate of Tempe Leadership.
Deborah Ostreicher, Deputy Aviation Director at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, works to make improvements at Sky Harbor and help facilitate the ease of doing business in Tempe. Ostreicher is active in bringing high school and college youth to the airport to educate them on the possibilities of working in the airport and has received numerous outstanding achievement awards in marketing and communications. She received Board Chair of the Year and All Star awards from the Airports Council International; was recognized by President Bush and Point of Light Institute for her work with local homeless children; and received the Arizona Business Award for Corporate Responsibility for work with Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk.
Robin Trick has been co-owner and operator of House of Tricks Restaurant in Tempe for the past 25 years. Trick has served or currently serves on the boards of many organizations, including the Tempe Municipal Arts Commission; Mill Avenue Merchants Association; Downtown Tempe Community; and the Tempe Tourism Office, among others. She has also had heavy involvement with Tempe Sister Cities and is a member of Local First Arizona. Trick was awarded a Downtown Tempe Community MADEE Award and a Business Volunteer for the Arts Award from the Arts and Business Council.