NAWBO Phoenix Business Impact Award Finalists
In this segment of Phoenix Business Radio, Host Karen Nowicki, sat down with incoming NAWBO Phoenix President, Ronit Urman, and the “Business Impact Award” Finalists to talk about their journeys to success, the challenges they’ve faced along the way and their untiring commitment to help others. While each of these leaders represent different industries and have their own unique perspective, talent and skill set, you’ll hear the shared enthusiasm, joy and mutual respect that quickly developed as their stories unfold.
The NAWBO Phoenix Business Impact Award is presented to a woman business owner who has built a successful and prosperous enterprise in spite of obstacles or challenges. This individual demonstrates innovation in her or his industry, gives back to the community, and has had a positive impact within her or his industry, community and economy of the metro Phoenix area. The Business Impact Award is one of several distinguished awards acknowledged by NAWBO each year.
Join NAWBO Phoenix for the 2018 “Desert Diamonds” Awards Gala honoring these women and many others who positively impact our community. The event will be emceed by Susan Casper, host of ABC15 TV’s Sonoran Living.
Wed, June 13, 2018
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM MST
The Clayton on the Park
7343 E. Scottsdale Mall
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
The National Association Of Woman Business Owners chapter (NAWBO) is the voice of America’s 10.6 million women-owned businesses. Since 1975, NAWBO has helped women evolve their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single voice to shape economic and public policy. NAWBO is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all types of businesses. There are chapters of NAWBO in almost every metropolitan area. NAWBO is represented in 33 countries across the world through its affiliation with Les Femmes Chefs d’ Enterprises Mondiales (World Association of Women Entrepreneurs). NAWBO’s strength comes from the diversity of its membership – all sizes from sole proprietorship to hundreds of employees; every industry from construction, importers, retailers to service providers – and in all areas of the country. Membership is open to sole proprietors, partners and corporate owners with day-to-day management responsibility. Active members who live in a chapter area automatically join both chapter and national. There is an At-Large Chapter for the women business owners outside the chapter areas
The Phoenix chapter is one of the top 10 chapters in US and has been around for 33 years.
Ronit Urman is the Designated Broker and CFO for Urman Enterprises, LLC, a family owned and managed real estate firm in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ronit began working in real estate in 1987 in Montreal, Canada, and has a lengthy background in accounting.
She and her husband Eitan have been working together for 31 years and have 2 grown children.
Arizona Sunrays provides the highest quality programs for children of all ages, abilities and needs. Programs include: recreational and competitive gymnastics, dance, yoga, aerial arts, Ninja Zone, Supercamp, Active Preschool, field trips, birthday parties and adult classes. Arizona Sunrays’ mission is to offer a variety of high quality programs to our community as well as to empower individuals through fun and fitness! We are families serving families!
For 28 years Julie Witenstein has provided children’s movement activities that are the highest in safety, quality, fun, and inclusiveness. The generations of family support and long time connections are the wonderful bonus’s that have come from years of nurturing the dancers, gymnasts, campers and staff of Arizona Sunrays. Julie has employed hundreds of enthusiastic, caring people over the years, while maintaining a dedicated, core staff that has remained for decades! Arizona Sunrays, through Julie’s direction, developed a successful community outreach class program that lead to the opening of their first, brick and mortar satellite location in Arcadia last January.
Julie strives to use local businesses and vendors for cleaning supplies, equipment, cafe food and drinks, and the realtor, architect and builder for Arizona Sunrays’ new building. Julie has elevated Arizona Sunrays to be a leader in their industry by continually adding programs, such as year-round camp, a licensed Active Preschool, cafe, gift shop, affordable staff childcare, continuous training, education, and certifications for their staff and much more. Most recently, she spearheaded the building of their dream facility that opened in September of 2017. Mayor Stanton stated, “Arizona Sunrays’ building is the crown jewel of North 32nd Street!”
Rose Law Group pc is a full-service real estate and business law firm practicing in land use, zoning, renewable energy, government relations and lobbying, administrative law, family law, transactional real estate, employment law, water law, Native American relations, ADA compliance, infrastructure finance, special districts taxation, business formation/corporation transactions, business litigation, school law, cyber-defamation, cyber-privacy, drone law, cannabis law, intellectual property, estate planning, asset protection, private litigation, class actions and DUI’s.
Rose Law Group pc values “outrageous client service.” We pride ourselves on hyper-responsiveness to our clients’ needs and an extraordinary record of success in achieving our clients’ goals. We know we get results and our list of outstanding clients speaks to the quality of our work.
Jordan Rose started Rose Law Group pc, leasing space for just herself in another lawyer’s storage room and has, in eighteen years, grown the firm to the largest woman-owned law firm in Arizona history.
Jordan’s passion is adding value to her client’s business propositions – her goal being “to make my clients more money”. The Phoenix Business Journal once asked Jordan what she enjoys most about the practice of law and she responded, “the ability to help people solve their problems.”
AMS Renatus Investing is an investment company focused on value add single family and multifamily investments. Strength in management and an emphasis on customer service has led to strong tenant retention and maximized ROI.
POTER Inc, is a 501C3 non-for-profit that provides over 50 support programs and outreach to various families, primarily focusing on refugees. The programs target infants, children, adults and seniors on a holistic level to help them become integrated and self-sufficient New Americans.
The combination of the for-profit and supporting non-profit leads to the success of the resident value as well as turning long time residents into vested homeowners within the immediate community, leading to the increased broad reaching neighborhood revitalization.
As the managing member of AMS Renatus Investing LLC since August 2011, Anna Sepic focuses on renovating homes with a specialty in the repositioning of large multi-family properties facing mismanagement and blight across the Greater Valley, with expertise in West Phoenix and Glendale. She has several other investment companies with her partners, all with the same mission and vision. Her oversite includes acquisitions, repositioning, management and dispositions for her companies. Grassroots community organizing is also a critical component that leads to such tremendous success of the housing projects and leads to overall large-scale community revitalization of the surrounding neighborhoods.
Anna is extensively involved in community work with refugees and the Hispanic communities. A firm believer in education, both formal and informal, she has seen the need for a multi-faceted approach at addressing complex social issues. As a result, POTER INC. was created back in 2013, whose vision focuses on formalizing the critical components necessary for empowerment and true raising up of the entire community. POTER INC takes a comprehensive approach to providing necessary tools to engage and empower the disenfranchised and marginalized. Its success lies in the extensive public-private partnerships with churches, schools, government agencies, businesses and other non-profit entities to provide trainings, orientations and various supportive programming for children, adults and seniors. POTER Inc. is officially active 501 (c) (3) since November 2015.
With a heavy community service attitude, Anna is very active in various community programs and boards. She has gone through several leadership and development programs as the youngest graduate at the time, including the DPS Citizens Academy, the Phoenix PD Citizens Academy as well as the FBI Citizens’ Academy, and most recently the MCAO Citizen Academy (2016). She also received the 2014 City of Phoenix “Volunteer Impact Award” from Mayor Stanton and Councilwoman Laura Pastor.
Anna also participated in the first two consecutive years of the St. Luke’s Health Initiative’s (now Vitalyst Foundation), invitation only, “Fellowship Cohort” that was established in 2013. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Maryvale Revitalization Corporation and working with various community groups in the Canyon Corridor as well as the North Mountain Redevelopment area, and was a graduate of the Valley Leadership Advance, Class #2 (2016).
A graduate from the W.P. Carey School of Business from Arizona State University with a Masters of Real Estate Development (MRED), she is now a “double devil” having previously completed her undergraduate degrees in just two and a half years (2011) with a double major and minor: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies and Social Inquiry, and a minor in English. She stays in close contact with her Xavier/Brophy alumni as well (2008). In her spare time, she continues her passion for volunteer work by mentoring refugee youth, tutoring in English and writing and speaking at various engagements about refugees, innovative housing, and a young business leader, most notably to the recent Mandela-Obama scholars visiting Phoenix in June 2017.