The local chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-OC) will honor three Orange County women at the 16th Annual Remarkable Women Awards on October 4. The association will recognize Victoria Betancourt for a Lifetime of Achievement, Marushka “Mari” Kurtz as an Outstanding Innovator and Michelle Macis as the Entrepreneur to Watch.
The Remarkable Women Awards honors women business owners who are “building thriving organizations that promote women and celebrate their roles in society, business and at home,” according to the associations representative.
“Vicky, Mari and Michelle embody the mission of NAWBO-OC and are an inspiration to us all,” said NAWBO-OC President Maureen Rhyne. “They exhibit a passion for what they do, and exemplify the theme ‘Inspiration, Courage and Hope’ with the integrity, tenacity and acumen each brings to their business.”
Victoria Betancourt, the recipient of the lifetime achievement award, will be honored for her environmentally friendly initiatives as the president of Coneybeare Inc. and as an architect for an eco-resort in Colombia, South America. Betancourt has also served as the Planning Commissioner for the City of Santa Ana and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce.
Mari Kurtz, president and CEO of OC Metals Inc./Cal Pac Sheet Metal Inc., will be honored as the Outstanding Innovator. After the death of her husband, Kurtz was left with two children to raise and a sheet metal business to run. When the housing market fell she moved into the commercial business sector with solar hardware and machinery. She was also honored as Orange County Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year in 2004.
Michelle Macis, founder and CEO of Java Jean Bar, will be recognized as the 2011 Entrepreneur to Watch. Macis combined style, dining and performance into one location with the Java Jean Bar. She is now working on a multi-store chain with branches in West Hollywood and Las Vegas. Macis was also nominated as the 2008 Women in Business Champion of the Year award.
“Through these inspiring and courageous honorees, it is easy to understand the economic, societal and community power held by women in business,” said Dorene White, event chair. “At this event, hundreds of attendees will connect with women business owners and leaders who are driving O.C. business and lifestyle today.”
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