Listee Features — Entrepreneurship

DENISE ANDRESEN

Denise Andresen is renowned as a self-made entrepreneur and investor, specializing in real estate acquisitions and funding. A certified private money broker, she is additionally well versed in the Lee Arnold System of Real Estate Investing. She became involved in her career as a means to help others while achieving financial independence. Prior to this engagement, Ms. Andresen excelled in the construction industry, and worked with several large companies and even a school district. In 2019, Ms. Andresen established Andden Investments LLC with the help of her husband and her sister in the basement of her rental condominium, utilizing every cent available of her savings and credit. In just under a year, the business has grown to include an investment

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JEANNE A. TRAVIS

Prior to her success as an entrepreneur and business proprietor, Jeanne A. Travis had consistently harbored an affinity for formal edification. As the daughter of a high school mathematics teacher, she understood the importance of educating younger generations and resolved to preserve her mother’s legacy. Initially enrolling at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Ms. Travis graduated with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics in 1995. Though she thoroughly enjoyed instructing her students through Fairfax County Public Schools, Ms. Travis decided to embark on a professional venture into business management and corporate finance. After serving as a staff accountant for two years at an auditing firm, she quickly obtained a promotion as an assistant to the chief financial officer

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Tiffany Parker

TIFFANY L. PARKER

Having accrued nearly 20 years of creative and professional excellence, Tiffany L. Parker has garnered a laudable reputation as an entrepreneur, designer and media communications expert. A graduate of Howard University, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1999 and subsequently earned a Master of Public Administration in media policy from Columbia University in 2001. Ms. Parker attributes her success to her entrepreneurial nature, innate work ethic, and market experience in networking and building relationships across industries. She also had the opportunity to make great relationships with very successful and prominent people. Prior to opening Parker Interiors in 2009, Ms. Parker enjoyed a decade long career in foreign services and marketing. From 2001 until 2004, she distinguished

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MARIELIS RIVERA

While serving as an event planner, Marielis Rivera received compliments on how well she cleaned up her venues after every event. This led her to establishing a cleaning company, Royal Cleaning Service and Maintenance LLC, in which she has excelled as chief executive officer since 2014. In her executive role, she supervises daily business operations, trains seven employees, liaises with 15 subcontractors and provides quality janitorial cleaning services for various types of businesses. In the beginning, Ms. Rivera was living in public housing and raising four children, including one with special needs, and she knew she wanted to pursue a better opportunity for both herself and her family, thus she began her business on her own. Her business now makes

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JANIS L. COMSTOCK-JONES

A self-employed business owner for numerous years, Janis L. Comstock-Jones has found success as a consultant, through which she oversees various projects for clients including homeland security, records management, information technology and contingency planning. Based in Mount Vernon, Ohio, she has worked as an independent entrepreneur since 1992. Gaining inimitable expertise as a data processing coordinator, assistant director and director of information technology as a former employee of the American Red Cross, Ms. Comstock-Jones contributed the nonprofit’s efforts between 1987 and 1995, and concurrently held the role of a national instructor between 1990 and 1995. Additionally, she taught various courses at Columbus Technical Institute and was a fiscal officer for the county government of Columbus, Ohio, during her career. Ms.

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Ashlee Groves

ASHLEE GROVES

Having accrued more than a decade of excellence in her industry, Ashlee Groves has garnered a laudable reputation as an entrepreneur and sales executive of construction equipment. Inspired by her father, who owned a utility construction company, she began interning at a Ditch Witch manufacturing plant while completing college at the Rawls College of Business of Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Ms. Groves graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in finance and earned her Master of Business Administration at Oklahoma City University in 2009. From 2007 until 2009, Ms. Groves served as the Platinum Plus manager of the finance department at Charles Machine Works Incorporated. After completing a master’s degree, she returned to Ditch Witch with the aspiration

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GLORIA D’ANGELO INGRAO

Coming from a family long involved in the fashion industry, Gloria D’Angelo Ingrao felt a strong desire to keep the legacy alive. Her grandfather was the first to join the world of fashion, when a men’s coat he designed won a competition in Paris in the late 1800s. Her father then took up the trade, opening a suits and coats company, D’Angelo’s, in the early 1900s. Ms. Ingrao joined her father’s business as an administrator in 1975 and fell in love with the work. She had been brought up to be creative, so fashion was a perfect fit. She advanced to become the president of D’Angelo’s Originals Ltd. in 1978. Then, in 1981, Ms. Ingrao decided to branch out. She

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NANCY PLACEK PUFFER

Driven by her entrepreneurial spirit, Nancy Placek Puffer has headed a number of business-related projects over the years. She started by buying a Christmas tree farm, the Swan Creek X-mas Tree Plantation, in 1976 because she wanted her sons to have a piece of the earth. Her mentor, a tree farmer from Michigan, taught her all about the business and about the trees pay for the land. This really paid off, as Mrs. Puffer still owns the company today. Mrs. Puffer has also served as the owner and manager of the Wheels of Fountain Hills Transportation Service in Arizona since 1988. Additionally, she has experience as the owner of a parking lot in Arizona, as the chief executive officer of

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ANNIE TRUONG

The pharmacist manager and owner of Biocare Pharmacy since 2008, Annie Truong is proud of her place in the industry. She and her husband, Chau Hong Phan, opened the independent company with the intention of serving the Vietnamese community regarding “specialty compounding medication formulations that are not readily available in the market.” Now, after a decade in business, they also offer consulting, medical prescriptions, beauty care supplies, food, and over-the-counter products. Ms. Truong attributes her ongoing success to the relationships she has built with her clientele and employees. She loves being able to use her passions to help others. ​ As a testament to her hard work and dedication, Ms. Truong was honored as Pharmacist of the Year by the Trademark Women of Distinction Honors

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BETH GARDNER

Renowned amongst her peers for her expertise in travel management, marketing strategy, and strategic planning, Beth Gardner is currently lending her knowledge to Custom Travel Solutions. She has served as the company’s founder, president, and CEO since 1995, and is proud to be making headway as a pioneer in the field. Under her leadership, Custom Travel recently launched a new logistics platform that provides a full, completely automated, end-to-end solution to travel needs. There isn’t anything else like this on the market in North America. Ms. Gardner has also branched out to form Custom Vacations, which focuses on leisure as opposed to corporate travel. Looking forward, she hopes to continue expanding and advancing her business. Ms. Gardner had wanted to work in the travel

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