Furia Rubel Communications, Inc., an award-winning strategic marketing and public relations agency, is proud to announce that President and CEO Gina F. Rubel, Esq., has received the 2015 SmartCEO Brava Award. The recognition is presented to Greater Philadelphia’s top women CEOs, nonprofit leaders and high-impact executives. Brava Award recipients are chosen because they encourage local philanthropy, have had an impact on the community, mentor up-and-coming women leaders and set their companies on a path to tremendous growth.
The 2015 Brava Award recipients’ companies collectively generate more than $626.5 million in annual revenue and employ more than 7,100 people in the Philadelphia region. Honorees are profiled in the July/August issue of SmartCEO magazine and were celebrated at an awards ceremony on July 22 at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia.
“I am honored to be among the 2015 Brava Award recipients. It is incredibly moving to share the stage with women who have made a huge difference in our communities. Congratulations to my friends Dr. Vail Garvin, Dana Spain, Diane Semingson and Jessica Mazzeo, all of whom are amazing women,” said Rubel. “I am most grateful to share the evening with my family and to demonstrate to our children that hard work really does pay off.”
More than 350 people attended the high-energy celebration to honor the 2015 Brava winners. The event kicked off with networking, followed by a video-packed awards presentation that honored each winner. An impactful toast was delivered by 2012 Brava Winner Maureen O’Connor, CEO of LEM Products, Inc., also from Doylestown in Bucks County, Pa.
“Brava winners possess hallmark qualities of successful leaders — vision, passion, compassion, dedication, perseverance. Each winner exhibits these qualities in all facets of her life, from running her business to tending to her family and donating time and resources to philanthropy,” says Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, president of SmartCEO Events. “We are honored to celebrate these women who make a difference in the world.”
A strategic marketing, public relations and crisis communications expert, attorney and author, Rubel works with and educates legal and business audiences nationwide on the importance of integrated and measurable communication strategies. She has been named a Woman Lawyer of Distinction by The Legal Intelligencer, one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business, and a Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction. She recently received The Rotary Club of Doylestown’s Four Way Test Award in business. Her agency consistently has been ranked the No. 1 legal marketing agency by The Legal Intelligencer and among the top three agencies nationwide by the National Law Journal.
A graduate of Drexel University and Widener University School of Law, Rubel lives on a historic farm in Doylestown, Pa. with her husband and children.
Furia Rubel Communications, Inc. is an integrated and strategic marketing and public relations agency based in Bucks County, Pa. The woman-owned agency provides strategic planning, marketing, public relations, media relations, graphic design, website design, blog production and social media services to a wide array of professional clients. Furia Rubel represents law firms, technology companies, educational organizations, accounting firms, nonprofits, municipalities, and manufacturing, behavioral health and elder care organizations.
SmartCEO’s mission is to educate and inspire the business community through its award-winning magazine, connections at C-level events and access to valuable online resources. SmartCEO’s integrated media platforms reach decision makers in the Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas.
2015 Brava! CEO Winners
Ellen Thompson, 4 Walls, Inc.
Antoinette Marie Johnson, At Media
Marjorie Brody, CSP, PCC, CPAE, BRODY Professional Development
Felicite Moorman, Esq., BuLogics, Inc. & StratIS EMS, LLC
Tish Squillaro, Candor Consulting
Nicole B. Comer, CE Solutions
Dr. Vail P. Garvin, FACHE, Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Inc. (Nonprofit Winner)
Christine Taylor, Christine Taylor Collection, Inc.
Claudia Timbo, Company Voice
Tricia Pilone, CPI Companies and PolicyAudits.com
Dianne L. Semingson, DLS International, Inc.
Valerie Biscardi, O.D., Drs. Wortman, Biscardi & Associates, P.C.
Stephanie Kozak-Allen, Express Park, Inc.
Gina F. Rubel, Esq., Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.
Betty Long, RN, MHA, Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates
Dr. Kathleen Owens, Gwynedd Mercy University (Nonprofit Winner)
Grace Killelea, Half The Sky
Patricia Claybrook, Jidan Cleaning LLC
Mikal C. Harden, Juno Search Partners
Denise Kassekert, John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School (Nonprofit Winner)
Linda Lightman, Linda’s Stuff
Dana Spain, McSpain Properties
Linda J. McAleer, Melior Group
Allison O’Kelly, Mom Corps
Laura Kasper, CSP, CIR, Monarch Staffing
Dr. Ellen Stang, ProgenyHealth
Pamela Horowitz, Provence Catering
Julia Jannetti Kmiec, Select Modular Homes, Inc.
Karen Andrade-Mims, UIH Family Partners (Nonprofit Winner)
Diana L. Ramsay, Woods (Nonprofit Winner)
2015 Brava! Executive Winners
Meishka L. Mitchell, AICP, PP, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership
Debbie Smith, Expert Technology Associates
Lisa Detwiler, Franklin Square Capital Partners
Jessica L. Mazzeo, Griesing Law LLC
Mary Ann Murtha, Huntingdon Valley Bank
Catherine Sennett, Esq., Jackson Cross Partners, LLC
Kathryn McKee Black, Esq., The McKee Group
Rhonda Costello, Republic Bank
Andrea Vargas, CPA, MBA, Specialized Education Services, Inc.
Jennifer Alleva, CPA, Your Part-Time Controller, LLC