2015 Judges

Thank you to our outstanding judges of the 2015 Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Awards

Pam Avila
Principal, Sierra Summit Group
Director, Economic Development
Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce
www.sierrasummitgroup.com

After more than 30 years in the fast-paced Silicon Valley technology world, Pam re-invented herself with a new career in the public sector. During her time in high-tech, Pam was a sales and marketing executive until she became an entrepreneur with several start-ups to her credit. She also mentored 80 small business owners at CT Pioneers, an organization that she founded until its acquisition. Pam is currently the director of economic development for the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce and serves as the CEO and Board Chairman for the Stronger Futures Foundation.


Maureen Ford
Founder, Southern California Entrepreneurship Academy

Maureen Ford's passion has always been teaching and working with people to help them to set goals and accomplish their dreams. In 1987 she started the Southern California Entrepreneurship Academy, an innovative educational program for college students who wanted to start a business. As an advisor and mentor to hundreds of students and start-up companies in Southern California, she received the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young and the Orange County business community. Maureen is an active member of her community with an impressive record of volunteer work, public service and leadership in city government.


Amy Moynihan Heyward
Co-President
Genius Brands International
www.gnusbrands.com

Amy Heyward is a brand-marketing executive who has spent the past 20+ years managing, creating and launching new brands for major corporations including Disney Cruise Line, McDonald's, and Universal Studios Florida. A Squared Entertainment, a company she founded with her husband and longtime kids' entertainment creator, Andy Heyward, is dedicated to producing "content with a purpose." The company recently merged with a publicly traded company, Genius Brands International, creators of Baby Genius. Another of their well-known brands is Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaire's Club.


Suzanne Patrick-Lawrence
President/CEO
Advisor Business Solutions
www.advisorbusinesssolutions.com

As President and CEO of Advisor Business Solutions, Suzanne Patrick-Lawrence brings over 25 years of her own business, marketing and communications experience to each client relationship. She has seen the ups and downs of economies and what happens when companies do not have effective strategies in place.

Previous to launching Advisor Business Solutions, Patrick-Lawrence oversaw business development and marketing for an international asset management firm and raised over $60 million assets under management.

In 2001, she launched Advisor Business Solutions, a certified Small Business Enterprise, Women Owned and Minority Owned Enterprise providing business development, buy/sell matchmaking, succession planning and strategic marketing consulting for small businesses, financial services firms and government agencies looking to increase revenues, secure clients or outreach initiatives.

She serves on PCR SBDC Advisory Board, is an active member for the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and is three-term past-President of the FPA San Gabriel Valley chapter. Ms. Lawrence is a speaker at financial industry events and lectures to audiences throughout the US. She educates professionals and community organizations on ways to improve their skill sets. She also provides an educational seminar series called Financial Empowerment for Women© throughout Southern California.


Lynda LeMole, M.S.
Nutrition, Herb & Food Consultant
Former President, Traditional Medicinals
www.linkedin.com/pub/lynda-lemole

Lynda LeMole is known for her pioneering efforts in supporting the use of herbal medicine. Lynda was involved in the very beginning of the natural products movement, using her nutrition education and passion for holistic health and sustainability to teach and help various companies employ socially responsible practices. She was co-owner and president of Traditional Medicinals from 1983 to 2003, where she helped roll out the nation's first over-the-counter medicinal teas. Lynda is on the board of United Plant Savers. Her contributions to the herbal products industry are invaluable in inspiring and teaching legions of individuals, organizations, and businesses.


Zoe J. Taylor
Founder
Zoe J. Taylor The Connector
www.zoejtaylortheconnector.com

Zoe J. Taylor has over 30 years of organizational management experience. She served as a full time CEO for 27 years in three Southern California chambers of commerce. In the past three years, she has served as an interim CEO in four chambers of commerce. With her unique level of expertise, Zoe has established a consulting firm that is designed to help organizations achieve their goals and objectives through facilitation of a strategic planning process that builds their business plans with comprehensive implementation strategies and accountability.

Zoe is currently serving as an interim President/CEO of the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce. She has served as an interim CEO for the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce (10 months), Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce (8 months), Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce (7 months) and the Kingman Arizona Chamber of Commerce (5 weeks).

During the time the chambers of commerce are in transition, Zoe managed the day to day operations, performs an operation/internal audit and assists the search committees with the process to find and hire a new CEO. Her background in organizational management is an added benefit for organizations and associations that require an interim CEO. She can serve as a gatekeeper during a search process and provide direction for new and improved management procedures and processes.