2013 MED Week Award Winners

Women-Owned Businesses of the Year
CONSTRUCTION
Sorella Group is 2013 Women Owned Business of the Year for Construction 

Sorella Group, Inc., Sheila Ohrenberg
Overland Park


Sheila Ohrenberg worked in construction as a general contractor for 12 years prior to starting this business. Through this experience, she saw a need in commercial specialty construction. Sheila found out that owning a business was a lot different from working for a general contractor. She invested $1,000 along with her sister. With that $2,000 they grew the business into a multimillion dollar company.

Sorella Group, Inc. is a national specialty contractor and building material supplier. Their services include design, general construction and CSI Division 10 subcontracting. They furnish and install lockers, toilet partitions, wall protection accessories and more. They are a preferred distributor for multiple industry leading manufacturers and are committed to providing competitive pricing and superior customer service. 
   
MANUFACTURER
LS Industries names Manufacturing Women Owned Business of the Year 

LS Industries, Inc., Linda Weir-Enegren
Wichita


Linda and her husband, Phil started the business with $250 they had in a shoe box. They had worked in the machinery design and development business and saw an opportunity to develop products that work with and clean metal parts.

LS Industries designs and manufactures a full line of metal cleaning equipment for the industrial and automotive market. The in-house engineering staff engineers custom structural airless shot-blast cabinets for efficient and economical cleaning, degreasing and de-burring of metal parts and pieces of all sizes. The company also designs and manufactures cleaning systems for rebar, pipe and tubing.

LS Industries maintains a full-time parts department for replacement and repair parts, aluminum media and metal shot. Other products in the LS product line include pressure washers, spray systems, flow-thru washers, industrial washers, rotary washers, jet spray washers and other aqueous cleaning systems. 
   

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

 
Veracity named Kansas Professional Service Firm of the Year 

Veracity Consulting, Inc., Angela Hurt
Lenexa


In 2007, Angela Hurt launched Veracity Consulting, inc., an IT Consulting firm using both professional services and IT Staffing model. Veracity offers traditional consulting in the way of IT Assessments, Strategic Planning, Program and Project Management and Business Analysis. The company also offers services around Enterprise Data Management where they help clients manage their data through data warehousing and database structure.

Veracity considers itself unique in its delivery model because the company is 100% virtual, where employees are able to work remotely. Angela empowers her team members to be responsible and take ownership of their activities, which results in high level deliverables to their clients. Having this delivery model also allows Veracity to support clients who are not local to the area. They currently support clients in Austin, TX, Honolulu, HI and D.C. 
   

RETAIL

 
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Tasteful Olive, Jeanne Mackay
Overland Park


In 2007, Jeanne saw her first olive oil store in Chicago. By 2009, she had to find something different to do until retirement. Her thoughts went back to the olive oil store she saw in Chicago. She took time to educate herself more about olives, olive oil and the health benefits of various oils.

She opened the store in March of 2010. The Tasteful Olive sells olive oils and vinegars and other related products. They are a unique store where you can sample over 60 fresh unflavored, fused and infused olive oils from around the world and aged/naturally flavored balsamic vinegars, as well as browse many other accessory gourmet products. 
   

SERVICE

 
Kansas Service Firm of the Year goes to Resource Service Solutions of Lenexa

Resource Service Solutions, LLC, Kristine Ward
Lenexa


Resource Service Solutions, established in November 2004, is a commercial property management business performing a comprehensive range of managed facility support services to the business and industry sector. They are a preferred service provider to major multi-national companies. Their services include janitorial, lawn maintenance, snow removal, window cleaning, carpet and floor cleaning, along with tree and irrigation services and seasonal building and property grounds treatment.

Providing jobs for small communities across Kansas has been one of the company's greatest impacts. They hire only local people so that the money is put right back into the community. Their broad range of experience, dedicated professional staff and solid understanding of best industry practices enables them to meet and exceed client requirements.
   
SUPPLIER/DISTRIBUTOR 
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Clayman Promotional Group, Jamie Clayman-Loud
Kansas City, Kan

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Jamie's career began in 1991 at Alvin M. Clayman Enterprises, a business founded by her father in 1968. In 2007, Jamie assumed over 51% of the company stock. It was at this time she moved the operations to a new and modern office space and changed the name of the company to Clayman Promotional Group. In 2012, she obtained 100% of the company stock, becoming the sole owner and CEO.

Clayman Promotional Group specializes in product fulfillment, order processing via internet, phone or fax and warehouse management. When products or materials aren't being staged for orders, they are being stored at Clayman's secure warehouse facility.

Jamie feels it is important to bring clients different ideas, insights and options that will uniquely represent their businesses. Her team selects thousands of promotional products and offerings along with designing, developing and manufacturing their own promotional products.
   

Minority-Owned Businesses of the Year

CONSTRUCTION

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Roof Mechanics, Inc., Mui Nguyen
Wichita


Mui Nguyen bought Roof Mechanics in September 2003. This business had been a trusted name in roof repairs and replacement since 1972, with a solid reputation for delivering top-quality residential and commercial roofing solutions. Mui felt he could continue the tradition and at the same time give back to the community by providing a great company for employees to work for.

The company specializes in quality replacement roofing. They also offer a full service maintenance program. Their selection of competitively-priced, low-maintenance, energy-efficient and attractive products are guaranteed to provide long-lasting protection. Roof Mechanics' experience, skilled team members guide its clients through every step of the replacement process including assisting with insurance claims. They are a 8(a), SDB, DBE, MBE Certified Sub-Contractor and General Contractor.
   
MANUFACTURER
Mass Medical

MASS Medical Storage, Aubrey Guezuraga
Lenexa


MASS Medical Storage was an existing company with quality products that the Guezuraga family purchased in 2012. Brothers Aubrey and David Guezuraga are the majority shareholders with Aubrey serving as the President/CEO and David as the Vice President of Engineering and Co-Owner.

MASS Medical is a leading manufacturer of Acute Storage which is made out of powdered coated metal, stainless steel and recycled wood products. Their customized storage carts and cabinets are for ORs, Cath, GI, Anesthesia, Radiology and other medical care facilities. Thees carts and cabinets are the standard of care at the John Hopkins, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General, Moust Sinai, Mayo Clinic and many more. In the state of Kansas, MASS Medical has its products at KU Med, Heartland Specialties in Overland Park, the VA in Leavenworth and Newman Regional Hospital in Emporia.
   
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE 
Baucom Institute

Baucom Institute for Longevity and Life Enhancement, Dr. Karan Baucom
Overland Park


By 1997, Dr. Karan Baucom had come to realize that she was practicing medicine as it was dictated to her by insurance companies and pharmacies. She the made a major transition from being a traditional doctor (OB/GYN) to being board certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.

Her mission is to improve the quality and longevity of life for her patients through comprehensive diagnostics and new research in the emerging field of longevity management and regenerative medicine. Dr. Baucom is the only physician in Kansas City, Kan. who is board certified in this field.
   
RETAIL 
Paleterias

Paleterias Tropicana, Jose Luis Valdex & Lucia Fonseca
Kansas City, Kan.


In the summer of 2004, following their passion for making homemade ice cream Michoacan style, husband and wife Jose Luis Valdez and Lucia Fonseca decided to make a dream come true, along with their daughters Jennifer and Lucero. They decided to open their first Paleteria in Kansas City, MO where people could taste a flavorful, yet health, homemade ice cream. Since the beginning they decided to use 100% natural products.

They did not stop there; they also began offering fruit cocktails, fruit salads, fresh fruit juices, popsicles, flavored water, smoothies and other products with the highest quality. They expanded their food selection to include other traditional foods such as churros, burritos, tamales, quesadillas and more. Because of the great success they have had, they have decided to open more Paleterias. They now have five locations: two in Missouri and three in Kansas (Shawnee, Kansas City, and Wichita).
   
SUPPLIER/DISTRIBUTOR 
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Aircraft & Commercial Enterprises, Inc., Jodene Helmer
Derby


Aircraft & Commercial Enterprises started in 1984 and incorporated in 1986. Jodene Helmer owns 51% of the business and her son Mike owns the other 49%. Grant Helmer, Jodene's husband, also works in the business. Jodene was a registered nurse before they started the business but needed to make a career change. she had management experience and both her son and husband worked for electronic distributors, so she decided this was the business to do.

Aircraft & Commercial Enterprises is an electronic and identification product distributor. Their major customers include general and commercial aviation, rail systems and the defense sector. The company is a preferred supplier to Beechcraft Corporation and Cessna Aircraft Co. They are SDB and ISO9001/AS9120 certified. 
   

Business Advocate of the Year

WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS ADVOCATE

Becky Wilson - Minority Owned Business Advoacte of the Year

Leavenworth Main Street, Wendy Scheidt
Leavenworth


Wendy Scheidt is the Executive Director of the Leavenworth Main Street Program, a nonprofit organization. She has been working in this capacity for the past seven years.Being passionate about her community and small businesses, Wendy dedicates her working and free time to promoting and enhancing small businesses while serving often as a community volunteer with various activities and events.

Interacting with women business owners on a daily basis and working through challenges the business owners have as they juggle family, children, absent spouses, employment education, coop advertising and multi-tasking are all part of Wendy's nurturing endeavors. Through dedicated efforts to work one-on-one with entrepreneurs and existing women-owned businesses in downtown Leavenworth, Wendy has assisted in producing strong businesses that utilize effective business planning, benchmarking and oftentimes receiving funding.

Wendy has been able to recognize and award 11 no-interest loans and grants to women-owned businesses through the Leavenworth Main Street. Women-owned businesses that Wendy collaborated with over the past several years included start-ups and many businesses have expanded significantly and still remain in downtown Leavenworth today.
   

MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESS ADVOCATE

 
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WDS Marketing & Public Relations, Becky Wilson
Overland Park


About 15 years ago, Becky noticed that minority-owned and managed businesses were not receiving the recognition they deserved for their achievements in the media and in the award communities. She decided to make it one of her priorities to change those circumstances.

Becky's goal was to help minority-owned businesses increase their visibility and credibility in the marketplace. Using her position on the board of directors of various organizations, when opportunities came to her attention, she would make sure to share them with minority businesses.

As the President and Chief Visibility Officer at WDS Marketing & Public Relations, Becky has been able to aid women and minority-owned business clients in getting important recognitions in local media, national business magazines, industry publications and national newspapers.

In addition, in 2000, Becky co-founded the KC-Council of Women Business Owners which has successfully represented the interests of women owners for 13 years. As Director of Media Relations and Events, when there is an opportunity for minority-owned businesses to be interviewed for stories, Becky is happy to take care of the request. Becky also created an event called Protege for a Day in which owners of emerging businesses would have the opportunity to spend the day with high-level entrepreneurs by means of an auction. 
   

Young Entreprenuer of the Year
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TREAL Fashions, Terry Dudley, II
Topeka


Life experiences inspired Terry Dudley to develop his own line of clothing. Terry found himself slipping down a dark hole and he used writing, poetry and art as an outlet.

As Terry's frustration with life circumstances continued, he began looking for some sort of motivation, inspiration and hope to he turned to t-shirts. None of the brands he saw gave him what he wanted, so he thought, if he couldn't find it, then he would design it. He created a saying that meant something to him: "Together Equally Rising and Loving It". Eventually, Terry saw that in some way this was a small step in providing hope to other people that might need some encouragement as he did. Thus T.R.E.A.L Fashions was born. To help him get started, he attended seminars at the Wasburn Small Business Development Center and other locations to sharpen his skills. He also took classes at Washburn University in entrepreneurship.

His target market is children of all ages, women and men. His product line includes graphic t-shirts, jackets, baseball caps, sweats and accessories like bracelets and earrings. you can check out T.R.E.A.L Fashions on Facebook or at Center Stage in Topeka. His business goals are to have a few more T.R.E.A.L specialty stores. Maybe start a foundation mentoring or hosting seminars.
   

Corporation of the Year
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Sprint Corporation
Overland Park


Sprint offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wire line communication services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 53 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States and offering industry-leading mobile data services.

Eugene Agee is the Vice President responsible for Procurement Strategic Sourcing, Real Estate and Environmental, Health and Safety. In this capacity, he manages $17B in spend and 20 million square feed of commercial, retail and technical space. In addition, he manages Sprint's supplier diversity initiatives.

Their Supplier Diversity program partners with Sprint executives to promote participation in supplier diversity events and the development of minority suppliers. Sprint implemented a mentoring program to support small minority suppliers. The goal of the program is for Sprint executives to mentor minority businesses over a 12018 month period and to support their development in order to compete in the marketplace.

Sprint's Diversity Manager also sits on the National Minority Supplier Development Board of Directors, traveling to attend weekend meetings to recommend ways to develop and promote minority business growth. In addition, the Diversity Manager serves as a sub-committee member of Sprint's executive Diversity Council, to evaluate and document goals on how to increase diverse supplier participation within Sprint's 14 major business units.

Sprint will continue to lead the efforts in recognizing the economic importance of utilizing minority suppliers in the communities where they work and live.