Distinguished Women Join National Board to Continue Efforts to Impact Change for Future Generations of Women Business Owners
NAWBO has appointed Teresa Meares of DGG Uniform and Work Apparel as Chair of the 2016-2017 Board of Directors. The board is comprised of a dynamic and diverse group of women from across the country who will continue NAWBO’s mission of elevating women into greater economic, professional, social and political spheres worldwide.
“As of 2014, women entrepreneurs accounted for more than 9 million businesses across the country—employing more than 7.8 million people and generating $1.4 trillion in sales,” says Teresa. “Since our founding in 1975, NAWBO has been advocating for women business owners in all sectors, sizes and stages of their business development. It is my pleasure to lead our 2016-2017 Board of Directors. They are a great asset to our organization and their contributions will help us empower more women to start and scale their businesses.”
Teresa has 19 years of law enforcement experience. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration. She is currently the CEO of DGG Uniform and Work Apparel where she manages 24 employees, who operate a distribution of law enforcement and personal self-defense products. Teresa’s goal is to use her strong organizational and communication skills to increase visibility for her company. Teresa has been on the Business Journal’s “List” as top Women-Owned Business for four years. Additionally, she was selected as The Jacksonville Business Journal’s Woman of Influence for 2009 and she was the 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year for the Women in Business Awards.
The 2016-2017 NAWBO National Board of Directors will be composed of: Teresa Meares – Chair; Crystal Arredondo – Past Chair; Kathy Warnick – Chair Elect; Molly Gimmel, Loreen Gilbert, Shaila Rao Mistry, Jeanette Armbrust, Diane Ferry and Mary Cravets.
“As a woman business owner, I have experienced first-hand the value NAWBO brings to its peers, communities and economy,” says Teresa. “It’s an honor to lead the National Board, and I look forward to helping impact change for future women business owners.”
The new Board will be formally introduced to the business community at the NAWBO Women’s Business Conference, held September 18-20 in Columbus, Ohio.