2017 Judges

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Constance D. Anderson

Director, Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Center
Constance D. Anderson is an experienced community economic development and banking executive, who has worked successfully in the Southern California market for most of her career. Currently, she is the Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by Pacific Coast Regional Corporation. She has been with PCR since 2002; she became the Director of the SBDC in 2007, when PCR was awarded the SBDC contract by the Lead Center in Long Beach, CA. As the Director of the SBDC, she oversees 15 Business Advisors and 10 instructors and directs all services of the SBDC.


Donna Allen Taylor

Principal, The Hillaire Group, Inc.
Donna Allen Taylor is currently a principal in The Hillaire Group, Inc. providing business and individual coaching & consulting. Previously she rose from individual contributor to C-level Human Resource executive positions in global hi tech firms (from pre-IPO Vantive Corporation & Nuance Communications) to Fortune 50 (Digital Equipment Corp. & Intel Corp.), working as business partner with middle & senior management, Boards of Directors, and leading programs for high potential women & minorities (individuals and leadership groups).

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Pam Avila

Principal, Sierra Summit Group
Director, Economic Development
Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce
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.

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Karen Caplan

President/CEO Frieda's Specialty Produce
Karen Caplan is a specialty fruit and vegetable guru and the President and CEO of Frieda's Specialty Produce in Los Alamitos, CA. The women- and family-owned company has been inspiring new food experiences for friends, families, and food lovers everywhere since 1962, introducing more than 200 specialty fruits and vegetables to U.S. supermarkets like Stokes Purple® Sweet Potatoes, Habanero Peppers, Sunchokes®, and Organic Finger Limes. Karen is a well-respected leader in the produce industry, as well as a role model for women entrepreneurs, and small and family-owned businesses. You can follow Karen's blog at http://www.friedas.com/karensblog/.

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Lynda LeMole, M.S.

Nutrition, Herb & Food Consultant
Former President, Traditional Medicinals
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.

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Suzanne Patrick-Lawrence

President/CEO Advisor Business Solutions
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.


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