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2013 WOY Finalists


April 5, 2013

Staff — HispanicBusiness.com


While high-ranking female executives from social media companies seem to be getting all the press, the nine finalists for the 2013 HispanicBusiness Woman of the Year have been quietly and successfully leading their companies.

Often these executives founded their own companies, taking the seed of an idea and with hard work growing it into a business that generates millions in revenues and employs hundreds, if not thousands, of people. They are just as qualified as the executives who oversee major public companies, they just don't have a team of publicists.

Selecting the Woman of the Year is always a difficult task because there are many well-qualified entrepreneurs, but this group has risen above the field. This year, HispanicBusiness editorial staff decided to feature small-business entrepreneurs. We are confident you’ll be reading a lot more about them in the years to come.

Catherine H. Giordano
Catherine H. Giordano
President & CEO
Knowledge Information Solutions Inc.
Virginia Beach, VA

Guided by the principles of hard work and ethical business dealings, coupled with unique insight into all aspects of commercial operations, Knowledge Information Solutions Inc. (KIS) president and CEO Catherine H. Giordano leads her company to achieve unprecedented growth.

KIS’s annual revenues exceeded $68 million and it had 50 employees in 2011, and its five-year sales growth of 68 percent got it listed on the 2012 HispanicBusiness 100 Fastest-Growing Companies index.

KIS is an SBA 8(a) and EDWOSB- and WOSB-certified, minority woman-owned business in Virginia and Maryland offering IT products, cloud services, VoIP telephony, hosted voice and mobility solutions, security, and managed services support to government and commercial customers.

Throughout her career in private industry and public service, Ms. Giordano has been responsible for all aspects of administration and operation of government and commercial/private business ventures. Her dedication to public service and minority-owned businesses have gained her national recognition, invited speaking engagements, and a number of significant awards.

Ms. Giordano is a founding partner of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and routinely meets with administration and congressional leaders to address proposed legislation and regulations by advocating for small business issues.

In addition to board and committee work with the WIPP, she serves on the James Madison University Member-College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and Health and Human Services Executive Advisory Council and Old Dominion University Research Foundation Board.

Maria Del Carmen Jacob
Maria Del Carmen Jacob
President
NextGen Information Services Inc.
St. Louis, MO

Carmen Jacob, president of NextGen, got her early business experience in health care, banking, sales and recruitment in her native Guatemala and in collateral analysis at Continental Bank in Houston.

An eight-year stint in South America and Mexico with Emerson Electric taught her to manage operations and got her involved in IT, which proved to be a turning point in her professional life. Recognizing a staffing need among Fortune 500 companies, she helped establish NextGen in Saint Louis in 1997.

NextGen, a Certified Woman-Owned Enterprise and a Certified Minority-Owned Enterprise, ranked at No. 81 on the 2012 HispanicBusiness 500, with revenue of $79 million and 275 employees in the year prior.

Ms. Jacob's awards include the peer-nominated St. Louis Diversity Supplier of the Year from the St. Louis Minority Business Council; the St. Louis City Diversity Spotlight Award; and awards from NextGen clients, including SBC's Supplier Recognition as Outstanding Supplier and Ameren's Outstanding Service Award.

A community activist, Ms. Jacob is involved in numerous charitable organizations. When she is not networking, attending civic events or working, she can be found volunteering for her church.

She obtained business and nursing degrees from her native Guatemala.

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