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Courtney Quinn established the wine import and distribution company Our World, Our Community, Inc after studying wine at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley and spending months in Mendoza, Argentina. While working with boutique wineries and restaurant groups she also furthered her wine education and holds the highest level of certification (Diploma) from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust based in London. Courtney is President of the Women’s Wine Alliance, a nonprofit organization that advances the education of women wine professionals throughout the San Diego region.
Company: Wine importer & Women's Wine Alliance
Jennifer Barnes is the CEO of Optima Office, Inc, which is her second successful start-up. She recently sold the shares of her first company and was able to successfully exit from the company. Optima is an accounting and HR services company that employs more than 65 individuals. Her team consists of people at every level, from Staff Accountants and Bookkeepers to Controllers and CFO’s as well as an entire HR division, consisting of employee relations and recruiting managers to HR Generalists, Managers and Senior HR Directors
Company: Optima Office
An entrepreneur at heart, Lisa has always carved her own path. She is a photographer and owner of Koi Zen Cellars Craft Winery. She has been married for 33 years and has twin daughters. She loves movies, camping, walks on the beach, and uplifting people.
Company: Koi Zen Cellars
Ginger Hitzke, the President of Hitzke Development Corporation, is a first-generation real estate developer and has 24 years of experience developing apartments. Ms. Hitzke has participated in the construction of over 1,500 apartments and affordable homes totaling more than $430,000,000 in real estate activity throughout California.
Company: Hitzke Development Corporation
Nichole is the CEO and Founder of Sash Bag and lash.live. She is also a coach/consultant, a philanthropist, and mentor to other female entrepreneurs. Nichole is a mother of two awesome kids, an ardent traveler, and is deeply committed to her friends and family.
Company: Sash & Lash Live