Listee Features — Business

Rene Nourse


Wanting to inspire others to succeed, René Nourse, CFP, became fascinated in becoming a stockbroker and realizing that you can learn to invest money and make a living without having to do physical labor. She began doing a lot of public speaking and enrolling people into retirement plans. She was intrigued by the field because growing up, she had never heard of it or noticed it ever being talked about. Obtaining a degree in psychology became useful when dealing with other people who are investing money. Since 2012, Ms. Nourse has been the founder, chief executive officer and financial planning professional of Urban Wealth Management in El Segundo, California, also serving as a guest commentator on CNBC in Los Angeles

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Melissa Russell


An experienced underground utility contractor, working with horizontal drilling and pipes, Melissa Russell was ready for a change and a new challenge for herself. She is the co-founder and president of Cannon Utility Services, LLC in Belleville, Illinois, since 2016. Having been in the business for 30 combined years of experience, the company has grown to a size that has allowed her to build and/or upgrade miles of plant over the past year. They are a diversified HDD contractor that has done work to include CATV, telephone, sewer, water, fiber, HDPE pipe and casing placement for commercial and residential customers. In January 2017, Cannon Utility Services, LLC expanded their services once again to include forestry work for Ameren. This work

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Christine Burns


An acclaimed information systems manager backed by two decades of professional experience, Christine Burns, PhD, excels as a programs and acquisitions task lead manager, IT program project manager and senior information systems engineer for the MITRE Corporation in Kuwait, with which she began in 2010. Drawing on her considerable leadership skills, she competently leads teams in providing information systems, business and technological solutions for government operations. Throughout her numerous positions, Dr. Burns has developed considerable expertise in risk management, project leadership, budget management, acquisition and contracting, and much more. Prior to joining the MITRE Corporation, Dr. Burns gained valuable expertise as a business analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense between 2008 and 2010 and as a requirements manager for

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Mary Kotch


A savvy businesswoman with an innate intuition in regards to business technology, Mary Kotch was inspired to enter the business world so that she could streamline services through the use of technology. Prior to pursuing higher education, she helped her father’s small car service shop by developing a simple database to collect information and keep track of important tasks. Throughout her studies, she fell in love with technology and began her career as a senior principal consultant for EDS from 1993 to 2000. Subsequently, she worked for Campbell Soup and BioVail Pharmaceuticals as the global director. With her keen instincts, Ms. Kotch transformed businesses and corporations around the world by way of her innate technological skills. After her marriage, Ms.

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Colette M. Herrin loved the Lord all her life, and did intense studying and taught 18 years of bible study. She had an opportunity to take all of her studying and turn it into credentials, and now she is a pastor. She does not have a church and does not want a church, but it has opened doors that where not opened before. She gets to preach and speak on what she loves, which she hopes will help others. As owner of Warranty Enterprises LLC, a family business, where they are painting contractors, they paint residential and commercial buildings inside and out, and will paint essentially anything. Ms. Herrin is the bookkeeper of the company and does everything, so there

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Living a truly joyful life, Sandra Cobb Grady, ThD, was proudest of helping people get to places they did not think was possible when she taught them. Based in Fairfax, Virginia, she currently serves as the owner and an instructor at Grady Studies since 1975, and the founder and director of the Virginia Prayer Network since 1990 and the Master’s Keys since 2002, as well as a consultant for StarZone. She previously served as a schoolteacher and counselor in the States of California, Connecticut and Arkansas from 1965 to 1994. In addition to this tenure, Dr. Grady is an international speaker and biblical counselor since 1990, the prayer coordinator of Well Builders in Aledo, Texas, since 1991, and intercessional counselor,

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Tara Ryan


An expert in interior design, construction documents, and managing a purchasing and procurement team, as well as her own warehousing and delivery system, Tara Ryan has served as the president and owner of Ryan Young Interiors since 1991. It started with just her and originally, she had a business partner for the first 20 years. He was the financial partner and she was the day-to-day manager. He was a businessman who wanted to expand into the business industry. After starting the company, they had a very rough time to start during the recession. It was a very slow start, but they continued on. They originally worked on model homes, which was the majority of their business of a few years,

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Elizabeth Byam has served as chief operating officer at Advisory Platform Solutions since 2009 and managing partner at BeneTechs since 2018. In these roles, she gets her finger into every little pie and it’s wonderful to experience, learn more about and be able to direct every aspect of the company, whether it comes from development strategies, priorities or social media. Ms. Byam makes sure the company is run with very strong and high ethics. They are a group that has a lot of fun and, at the same time, work very hard. They help companies find their own bottlenecks and things that would prevent them from moving forward. They also do a lot of messaging strategy work, swat analysis and

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Marilyn Anderson


Accruing 56 years of industry experience to her credit, Marilyn Echols Anderson is a real estate developer with Harvey Anderson, Inc., in Brunswick, Georgia, since 1963 and business partner/developer with Harvey Anderson Construction since 1992. At the same time, she was a draftsman partner with Harvey Anderson Construction from 1963 to 1992. In addition to this tenure, Ms. Anderson partnered with Anderson Enterprises, and contributed general contracting and design/build work to churches, schools, hospitals and both modest and multi-million dollar residences. Prior to the start of her professional career, Ms. Anderson pursued a formal education at Perry Business College in Columbus, Georgia, where she attained a degree in 1955. Since graduating, she worked for President Jimmy Carter’s campaign and attended

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Having built a career spanning five decades, Beth Fouse, PhD, is currently the president of Ark-La-Tex Shredding Company, Inc., since 2000. Now retired from teaching, she previously spent almost a decade of her career at the University of Texas at Tyler, where she held the positions of an instructor from 1990 to 1991, assistant professor from 1991 to 1996, educational consultant from 1995 to 2007 and associate professor from 1990 to 1999. Prior to her association there, Dr. Fouse lent her skills to the Region VII Education Service Center in Kilgore, Texas, as a special education director from 1985 to 1991. She held the same title within the Paris Independent School District in Texas from 1977 to 1985. Dr. Fouse

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