Expert Technology Associates’ Debbie Smith has been named a 2015 Brava! Award winner by Philadelphia SmartCEO.  The Brava! Awards celebrate the distinguished achievements of 40 of Greater Philadelphia’s top women business leaders. This year’s class collectively generates more than $626.5 million in annual revenue and employs 7,174 individuals. The winners will be profiled in the July/August issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards ceremony on July 22, 2015 at the Crystal Tea Room.

“Brava winners possess the hallmark qualities of successful leaders — vision, passion, compassion, dedication, perseverance. Each winner in this year’s class exhibits these qualities in all facets of her life, from running her business to tending to her family and donating time and resources to philanthropic initiatives,” says Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, president of SmartCEO Events. “We are honored to recognize a group of women who are truly making a difference in the world.”

Debbie is a founding partner of ETA and a seasoned Financial and Human Resources professional. Debbie’s proven track record of effectively managing the complex financial needs of the organization, including budget creation, monitoring and management, fleet management, benefits planning and administration, and fiduciary/human resources compliance is reflected in the company’s long history of financial independence and stability and consistent year-over-year growth.

The Philadelphia Brava! Awards ceremony on July 22, 2015, is an expected sell-out event where more than 350 local executives and guests will gather and celebrate their noteworthy achievements. Past Brava! winners will also be in attendance to welcome the new class of winners into the Brava! community. The event will kick off with a cocktail reception, followed by a video-packed awards ceremony and a final, inspirational toast to the female leaders of Greater Philadelphia.

See a full list of this year’s winners below. 

About SmartCEO
SmartCEO’s mission is to educate and inspire the business community through its award-winning magazine, connections at C-level events and access to valuable online resources. SmartCEO’s integrated media platforms reach decision makers in the Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas.

About the Brava! Awards
The Brava! Awards program celebrates female CEOs, nonprofit leaders and high-impact executives who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community. Brava! Award winners are exemplary leaders of both their companies and their communities. They encourage local philanthropy, mentor up-and-coming leaders and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth. Each year, an independent committee of local business leaders selects winners based on company growth, community impact and mentoring. SmartCEO shares their inspiring stories in the July/August issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrates their success at an awards reception in July.

2015 Brava! CEO Winners
Ellen Thompson
, 4 Walls, Inc.

Antoinette Marie Johnson, At Media
Marjorie Brody, CSP, PCC, CPAE, BRODY Professional Development
Felicite Moorman, Esq., BuLogics, Inc. & StratIS EMS, LLC
Letitia Squillaro, Candor Consulting
Nicole B. Comer, CE Solutions
Dr. Vail P. Garvin, FACHE, Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce (Nonprofit Winner)
Christine Taylor, Christine Taylor Collection
Claudia Timbo, Company Voice
Tricia Pilone, CPI Companies and
Dianne L. Semingson, DLS International
Valerie Biscardi, Drs. Wortman, Biscardi & Associates, PC
Stephanie Kozak Allen, Express Park
Gina F. Rubel, Esq., Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.
Betty Long, RN, MHA, Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates, Inc.
Dr. Kathleen Owens, Gwynedd Mercy University (Nonprofit Winner)
Grace Killelea, Half The Sky Leadership For Women
Patricia Claybrook, Jidan Cleaning LLC
Mikal C. Harden, Juno Search Partners
Denise Kassekert, JW Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School (Nonprofit Winner)
Linda Lightman, Linda’s Stuff
Dana Spain, McSpain Properties
Linda J. McAleer, The Melior Group
Allison O’Kelly, Mom Corps
Laura Kasper, Monarch Staffing
Dr. Ellen Stang, ProgenyHealth
Pamela Horowitz, Provence Catering
Julia Jannetti Kmiec, Select Modular Homes, Inc.
Karen Andrade-Mims, UIH (Nonprofit Winner)
Diana L. Ramsay, Woods (Nonprofit Winner)

2015 Brava! Executive Winners
Meishka L. Mitchell, AICP, PP,
Cooper’s Ferry Partnership

Debbie Smith, Expert Technology Associates
Lisa Detwiler, FS2 Capital Partners, LLC
Jessica Mazzeo, Griesing Law, LLC
Mary Ann Murtha, Huntingdon Valley Bank
Catherine S. Sennett, Esq., Jackson Cross Partners LLC
Kathryn L. Black, The McKee Group
Rhonda S. Costello, Republic Bank
Andrea Vargas, Specialized Education Services, Inc.
Jennifer Alleva, Your Part-Time Controller, LLC

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