In recognition of National Women's History Month, The Daily Transcript is honoring local businesswomen who are making their marks in San Diego as well as history.

  • Kismit Cyriacks Vella

    If, you’re looking for a story about a standard cookie cutter real estate business success story, then there is no need to read any farther. There is nothing about Kismit Cyriacks Vella that is average, standard or ordinary. Kismit is a prominent real estate owner, major investor and educator. She is so different from what you would find anywhere. Her path has taken her from bodybuilding, beauty pageants to a brainy business woman redefining the road to S-U-C-C-E-S-S.

  • Tammy Tidmore

    Tammy Tidmore has always had a belief that every home deserved to be loved. It was that belief coupled with her love of working with people that led her into the real estate business.

  • Kate Sappenfield

    Kate Sappenfield is a Home Mortgage Consultant with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage based in downtown San Diego. She is a 17 year seasoned and dedicated mortgage banking professional, with extensive knowledge and expertise in all aspects of residential mortgage lending. She takes an individualized and customized approach in obtaining the best terms for every client she serves. She is respected by industry peers, referral sources and clients. Consistently, she is a President’s Club member, excels in providing client satisfaction, and ranks in the Top 1% nationally among Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Consultants.*

  • Kelly Wieboldt

    Unique Travel Concepts is your fullservice travel agency committed to offering you the professional and personal attention you deserve. Kelly Wieboldt is president of this innovative, creative, women owned and family operated local business. We take great pride in our emphasis on superior personal service and our respected reputation in the travel community.

  • Mary Lou LoPreste

    Mary Lou LoPreste’s identity as a businesswoman is intimately connected to her responsibility and vision as an environmentalist. This rare combination has manifested in the precedent-setting Sun Harbor Marina, a $5 million development on the San Diego Bayfront slated to open in May, 2005. When the ribbon is cut, Sun Harbor will be the first marina in the US that is LEED certified, a rigorous process that requires careful adherence to principles of sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, sustainable materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

  • Carol Bentley and Kandy Neyenesch

    Ink is in their blood. Neyenesch Printers, one of San Diego’s most wellknown, high quality printers, is owned by Carol Neyenesch Bentley, CEO, her cousin Clifford Neyenesch, Chairman and his wife Kandy Neyenesch, CFO.

  • Alicia Owens

    Alicia Owens is a partner of Lanning and Owens, CPA's and has been in public accounting for over 15 years. Alicia also holds her Series 6 and 63 securities licenses and is a registered representative with The Principal Financial Group offering a full array of financial services. Alicia received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Accounting from San Diego State University. She was honored with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Supporter of the Year Award in 2004 and Principal Financial Groups Women Business Owner of the Year in 2003.

  • Misty Moore: Winning the race in heels

    My boss Misty Moore had an advantage as one of the first (if not the first) female tenant rep specialists in San Diego commercial real estate.

  • Maureen King

    Maureen King, who will be honored this year by the Salvation Army at Women of Dedication 2005, has been associated with MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM since 1983. Over the course of these years, she has served in both a professional capacity, as Director of Development, and as a volunteer and member of the Board of Trustees. In 2004, King chaired the Museum’s annual Anniversary Celebration and is currently Vice-Chairman of the Board.

  • Marilyn Lassman

    Marilyn Lassman is a woman who has made her mark on San Diego. Not only has she proven herself to be ambitious and hard working, she has paved the way for women in business everywhere. She is often admired for her tireless energy which has lead her to impact San Diego for over 50 years. Her resume is replete with accomplishments and awards, including founding the South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC), an organization devoted to the growth and advancement of South County.

  • Maureen Gray

    When Maureen Gray founded KBM Building Services as Kleenhouse Maid Service in 1981, she was armed with only a small amount of capital, a briefcase, rented office space, and the services of six housekeepers. Eventually, she sold the maid service, and concentrated solely on providing contract commercial janitorial service, over the years added a specialized floor care division, a construction and tenant improvement division, and KBM Security Services, Inc., a provider of unarmed, uniformed security officers. In 24 years, KBM has grown to be the seventh largest woman-owned businesses in San Diego, with over 450 employees.

  • Elizabeth M. Rice

    Elizabeth M. Rice is truly an extraordinary individual and my personal mentor. She helped me realize my potential and supported my growth by encouraging me to learn about human resources practices and training and development. She continues to inspire others every day and has been instrumental in making temporary employment a respectable and soughtafter career path for many individuals in the workforce, especially women. The president of San Diego's largest women-owned company, Innovative Employee Solutions (IES), Elizabeth has dedicated herself to raising awareness and recognition for the temporary employment profession.

  • Joy Glenner

    Women of History

  • Georgia Griffiths

    As a subject matter expert in custom software development for mission critical applications for the Department of Defense, Georgia Griffiths has assisted numerous large software projects in problem solving and successful completion.

  • Kim L. Briggs

    Founder, Dunamis Latreuo Inc.

  • Mara Crowell

    Director of Business Development

  • Janice L. Weinrick, Donna Alm and Pamela M. Hamilton

    In celebrating its 30th anniversary and the redevelopment explosion happening in downtown San Diego, CCDC would like to recognize three women who historically have led and continue to lead the charge. From Horton Plaza to PETCO Park to the new Main Library, these dynamic women have helped change the face of downtown.

  • Carolyn Morrow

    Originally from New Jersey, Carolyn lived in Los Angeles for 30 years before moving to San Diego in 1997. She owned a printing and graphics company for 16 years, specializing in corporate image. In 1993 she started her marketing and public relations firm with partner, Judie Framan. This was a long-distance partnership, with Judie living in New Mexico. However, they loved working together and helped clients all over the Western States to grow their businesses. Specializing in marketing, customer service and sales, Carolyn worked with their clients to develop an internal and external image that empowered their clients to excel.

  • Baseball legend is a lady

    San Diegan Alice Hohlmayer turned her fast pitch hobby into a baseball career.

  • U.S. Census fast facts

    In 1981, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution establishing National Women's History Week. The week was chosen to coincide with International Women's Day, March 8. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women's History Month, and the U.S. president has issued a proclamation. The following are census numbers for women in the United States.

  • Kathy Larson

    At 5’ 2", Kathy Larson is San Diego’s "go-to-person" for commercial and residential mortgage services, but don’t let her petite stature mislead you... Her professional experience, commitment to excellence, and proven success in real estate finance - typically a "male dominated profession" -- make her seem more like a 6’ 10" power forward taking the ball to the hoop in the final game of the NBA playoffs.

  • Gina Champion-Cain, CPM

    As president and CEO of American National Investments Inc., Gina Champion-Cain’s responsibilities include providing strategic direction to ANI and overseeing all real estate services such as development and acquisition activities, as well as leasing and asset management. This entails interfacing with all ANI partners, clients, project investors and tenants as well as developing and implementing the strategic direction approved by the ANI Board of Directors.

  • Susan Renick

    Susan Renick, manager of the Coronado office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, has been selected to manage the company’s new downtown location as well. On February 24, Coldwell Banker announced it had acquired the assets of Clark Tess Properties, an acquisition that expands Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s presence into San Diego’s downtown area.

  • Georgine Brave & Associates

    Georgine Brave founded her law firm, Georgine Brave & Associates, on April 1, 1984. For close to 21 years, the caring lawyers and staff have provided superb service to their clients with regard to Family Law issues; divorce, mediation, support, post-judgment modifications, prenuptial agreements, custody, legal separation, move-away cases, and domestic partnerships.

  • Linda M. Cuny-Smith, J.D., C.P.A.

    The Law Office of Linda M. Cuny-Smith, a Professional Corporation Linda M. Cuny-Smith is actively involved in building relationships, helping businesses succeed and serving the San Diego community. Her boutique Del Mar-based law practice specializes in corporate and business law, with an emphasis on representation of emerging companies and entrepreneurs in the greater San Diego area.

  • Deborah Avaro, CEO

    PowerLaw, Inc.

  • Raye Scott & Francine Finn

    Raye Scott & Francine Finn, friends for over 25 years, found that combining a long time friendship with the same values and drive was the perfect recipe for success in business. Approximately 3 ½ years ago they formed Scott Finn & Associates which is part of Prudential California Realty. Francine is quoted as saying "Everything just clicks for us in our business efforts. We are enough alike, and not alike, to be able to maximize all our clients needs. We have even been nicknamed the 'Dynamic Duo' by many of our contemporaries."

  • Joan Burns

    Sampson & Associates is a full service Meeting and Event Planning company committed to providing you with the highest level of service and reliability.

  • Marie Rivera

    With over twenty years experience as a financial services provider, Marie Rivera decided to join the courageous group of women entrepreneurs in San Diego. She established Trinity Investment Capital, a mortgage brokerage firm specializing in apartment and commercial financing. Today the company consists of three women, Marie Rivera, Nicole Mieliwocki and Elaine Maslen. Part of their company outreach is to mentor young women and men who have decided on a career path in real estate. Trinity Investment Capital offers an entrepreneurial environment that fosters teamwork and respect for individuals who enjoy making a difference.

  • Kate Sappenfield

    Kate Sappenfield is a Home Mortgage Consultant with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage based in downtown San Diego. She is a 17 year seasoned and dedicated mortgage banking professional, with extensive knowledge and expertise in all aspects of residential mortgage lending.

  • Barbara Slavin and Lindsey Heinrich

    When Barbara Slavin and Lindsey Heinrich first meet clients, they do something rather special. They ask questions and listen. Every client receives their undivided attention, whether that client is bringing repeat business or meeting Barbara and Lindsey for the first time. This hard-working team refuses to employ cookie cutter approaches to real estate challenges.

  • Claudia T. Laird

    Claudia T. Laird has enjoyed a dynamic management career providing operating, technical, strategic, and business leadership to manufacturing companies.

  • Nation celebrates 25 years of National Women's History Month

    Bella Abzug (1920-1998 )

  • Women in politics: Electing to lead

    The United States ranks as the 59th country in the world in percentage of women holding elected office, as published in a study by the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Women comprise 52 percent of the U.S. population, yet the United States is behind countries such as South Africa, Cuba and China when it comes to electing women to office.

  • 'Women Change America' theme of 2005

    The 2005, Women's History Month theme, "Women Change America," honors and recognizes the role of American women in transforming culture, history and politics as leaders, writers, scientists, educators, politicians, artists, historians and informed citizens.

  • The story behind National Women's History Month

    The beginning

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National Women's History Month - 2007

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National Women's History Month - 2006

In recognition of National Women's History Month, The Daily Transcript is honoring local businesswomen who are making their marks in San Diego as well as history.