Listee Features — Finance


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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A veteran professional in retirement and financial planning, Kristi A. Knight excels as the founding partner of Veteran Benefits America Inc., which she established in 2009 with her husband, Patrick Sandner, to help senior veterans apply for aid. Additionally, she serves as the founding partner, an advisor of operations and a financial flight planner for Landing Financial Group, with which she specializes in working with single, divorced and widowed women. Ms. Knight’s day-to-day responsibilities and duties include planning, operations of the office, processing and making sure everything is in compliance. She first received her license in 1999. While growing up, Ms. Knight was involved on the financial side of her father’s business. She dealt with the money side of it.

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Driven to make her parents proud, Wendy W. Smith originally planned to follow their example and become a college professor. However, during the course of her studies, she decided to pursue a career in the financial industry instead. Today, she excels as the vice president of insights planning analytics and technology for Amazon, where she began in 2019. Though her career has been suffused with highlights, Ms. Smith is most proud to have served as a leader for Amazon’s consumer division and operations team with a global scope of more than $100 billion in costs. Additionally, she is satisfied to have worked internationally in locations such as Ireland and Singapore. Additionally, Ms. Smith serves as the vice president of finance

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Vanessa Faggiolly


Vanessa Faggiolly, EMBA, does not know the meaning of defeat. Starting from nothing, she has been able to attain the American dream. Armed with resilience, a deep love for her family and a lasting connection to her homeland, she – along with her business partner and mother, Nora Saca – transformed a perilous future into a successful business. Furthermore, Ms. Faggiolly relocated to the United States from El Salvador and became a successful business owner. Amerisal Foods is a certified woman-owned, Central American food distribution company owned by the mother-daughter team, not only became a lucrative means of sustenance for their family, but it also made a profound impact on its employees and their families. The company was purchased as

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Catherine Palmisano


Having accrued over 15 years of inimitable expertise in her area of expertise, Catherine J. Palmisano, CPA, has garnered a laudable reputation as a shareholder and financial reporter at Hughes, Snell and Company since 2005. Established in 1974, the firm notably serves the area of Fort Myers, Florida, in providing a comprehensive range of practice in the fields of accounting, as well as tax and business advisement. Eminently qualified in her field, Ms. Palmisano holds an advanced audit certificate from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. While attending high school, Ms. Palmisano undertook courses in accounting and became interested in the field. She also drew inspiration from her father, who was an accountant in his own right. Shortly after

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Beatrice Philippe


Beatrice Philippe is renowned as a financial services executive with a career marked by more than 50 years of innovation in international business development. Initially earning a degree in Russian language from the School of Oriental Languages in Paris, she subsequently obtained a certificate in general literature studies at the University of Paris in 1966. In 1969, she graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the HECJF Paris Business School. Ms. Philippe concluded her studies with postgraduate coursework at Stanford University in 1975. From 1972 to 1973, Ms. Philippe began her career as a research assistant for Business International New York in Paris. Finding success as an assistant to the director of research at the Society for Economic and

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Roberta White


Roberta L. White is a former financial analyst who was employed by the City of Portland, Oregon, for 14 years. Retiring in 2011, she served in the same capacity for the City of Portland between 1991 and 1993. In between those years, she worked as a comptroller for Wordsmith Services in Portland. Ms. White also devoted time with several other organizations during her 34-year career, including nearly a decade with Multnomah County, Oregon, first as an office manager and later as an internal auditor. Involved in local government, Ms. White was active as the treasurer for Mary Wendy Roberts for Secretary of State in Portland and for her re-election. She later served on the Elect Hank Miggins Committee, and was

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Tricia Layde


Tricia Berg Layde is renowned as a global strategic reward (compensation) and transformation expert with more than 25 years of excellence with several multinational firms. Her interest in global business grew out of a love for language and cultural exchange during her year living abroad in Angers, France, and receiving a Certificat de Langue Francaise from l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest. A graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, Ms. Layde initially earned a Bachelor of Arts in French literature and a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1992. She started her career in global finance, working for a French bank, Caisse Nationale de Crédit Agricole in Chicago in treasury operations. Ms. Layde’s appreciation for diversity of talent and culture

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Jo Ann Soule


Determined to provide for her family, Jo Ann Soule relocated from Iowa to Las Vegas with her 13-year-old daughter. She worked hard throughout her career in community development. Notably, Ms. Soule excelled as a senior management analyst for the Clark County Department of Finance. In the aforementioned position, Ms. Soule has assisted in the renovation, building and funding of community buildings in her area. She has worked closely with builders and architects to develop a valuable community center in an outlying area. Additionally, she was responsible for reviewing payroll and ensuring that local government workers were being paid fairly for their work in accordance with the Davis-Bacon Act. Prior to this, Ms. Soule pursued a formal education at the University

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Brenda Yoder


Devoting 20 years of service to people in need, Dr. Brenda C. Yoder excelled with the Head Start Division of the Administration for Children & Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1999 to 2019. Before embarking on her professional path, she pursued an education at Ashford University in San Diego, obtaining a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in financial management, as well as a PsyD. In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Yoder has served her community as a church youth counselor. Dr. Yoder’s specialty is in leading workshops for families and staff. She also led EEOC workshops, where people would come from all over to take her seminars for school credit. At one

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