Julie Ayers: The 2016 NAWBO Woman Business Owner of The Year!

Julie Ayers has been named the 2016 winner of NAWBO’s Woman Business Owner of the Year Award!  This award recognizes the NAWBO member who has most demonstrated strong leadership skills in growing and managing a successful business that is more than five years old.  Julie accepted the award at NAWBO’s 31st Annual Awards Gala on Tuesday May 17th.  Other finalists for the award included: Jennifer Maier, President & CEO of WDS, Inc. and Suzy Johnson, President and Owner of Employee Benefit Advisors of the Carolinas, LLC. 

Julie who is the Immediate Past President of the NAWBO Charlotte Board was blown away by the award and had this to say, “I am so honored and grateful to have received this award. In my time with NAWBO, I have learned and grown so much – from becoming a member, to being named Treasurer and then President, and now winning this award.  I think this speaks volumes for how important NAWBO has been to me and the way that I look at business now.  I have met so many great friends and developed such amazing relationships with other Charlotte women business owners, and I thank them for always being a resource to me and for helping me grow into what I have become today.  I also need to thank my fellow Members and my team at LBA Haynes Strand – we have developed a special Firm and one that holds a very exciting future.”

This marks Julie’s second exciting announcement this year, as she was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in the Greater Charlotte area by The Mecklenburg Times in March.

What is NAWBO?

NAWBO stands for The National Association of Women Business Owners.  Since 1975, NAWBO has helped women grow 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 women entrepreneurs across all industries.

In 1999, the Charlotte-based women’s organization WBO joined the National Association of Women Business Owners to become NAWBO Charlotte.  There are chapters of NAWBO in almost every Metropolitan area, and NAWBO is represented in 33 countries across the world through its affiliation with Les Femmes Chefs d’ Enterprises Mondiales (World Association of Women Entrepreneurs).

Today, NAWBO Charlotte is the only organization specially designed to serve, support, and strengthen the 42,000 women-owned businesses in the greater Charlotte, NC metropolitan area.  To learn more visit www.NAWBOCharlotte.org.

Johnny Wood Receives Prestigious Board Position

Principal Member Johnny Wood, CPA has been named Chairman of the Board for the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship. His experience, leadership skills, and outstanding moral character make him the perfect candidate for the job.

The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship

The Nussbaum Center, founded in 1987, is a private non-profit corporation whose mission is to attract, advise, and house start-up and early stage growth entrepreneurs. In just under 30 years, the Center has graduated over 290 businesses with an 80% success rate, compared to a National rate of 44%. Johnny has served on the Board of Directors at the Center for nearly 10 years.

As one of the founding members of LBA Haynes Strand, Johnny is a key leader of our accounting, auditing, and consulting departments. In addition to traditional accounting services, he assists a variety of closely held companies and their owners in tax planning and compliance matters. Johnny is also very passionate about serving the Greensboro community. He is currently active in several community organizations and will now serve as the Nussbaum Center Chairman of the Board, a group that he cares deeply about.

“I am honored by this nomination,” says Johnny. “I truly believe in what the Center stands for, and for some reason the other board members think I am suitable to be the Chairman. This Center is all about helping young entrepreneurs succeed. It gives them countless networking opportunities with tons of folks who have the same desires to make it in the business world, and we help make that happen. If you’re trying to make it on your own, it’s tough, really tough. We help to ease that process and we have tons of success stories. That’s what I enjoy the most. It’s just fun – stressful at times of course, but lots of fun.”

To schedule a meeting with Johnny Wood, contact us today!