2018 Roaring Thirty Award Winners




The NAWRB Roaring Thirty Awards celebrate women leaders working their way up to the top, speaking up for gender equality and forging the path to success for all women. These are trailblazers and thought leaders transcending obstacles and marking their place at the frontier of change.

Join us as we honor these incredible women at our Roaring Thirty Awards Gala on July 30th, 2018 in Chicago, IL during the 2018 NAWRB 5th Annual Conference, “Year of Women.”

Our attire theme for this year’s Roaring Thirty Awards Gala is “Women in Red.” It will be an intimate celebration with networking opportunities, professional photographers and—to cap things off—a night of dancing!

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The Team Player

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Vanessa Montanez

Sales and Business Development Manager of U.S. Bank Home Mortgage

The Team Player Leading Lady

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Lori Namazi

Brokerage Risk Management & Operations Consultant of Lori Namazi & Associates

The Prodigy

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Tina Patterson

Principal ofJade Solutions, LLC

The Prodigy Leading Lady

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Lisa Puerto

Licensed California Real Estate Professional, Owner of the Federal Registered Trademark SUPER AGENT

The Philanthropist

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Linda Padilla-Smyth

Director of Real Estate and Property Management for Chapman University, Board Member of CREW-Orange County Board

Philanthropist Leading Lady

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Maria Randall

Lead Coordinator for non-profit North OC Young Lives, Senior DE/ FHA and FNMA/ Conventional Underwriter for New American Funding

The Advocate


Tamara King

VP of Residential Policy and Member Engagement of Mortgage Bankers Association

The Advocate Leading Lady

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Stacie Rankey

Vice President of Client Relations for Gerner & Kearns Co. L.P.A., co-founder of the Women’s Mortgage Banking Collective

The Unsung Hero

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Lisa Fettner

Vice President of Marketing for ReferralExchange and TopAgentsRanked.com

The Unsung Hero Leading Lady

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Melanie Taliaferro

Branch Manager, Mortgage Loan Originator, and National Director of Training & Sales Development for AMEC Home Loans

The Visionary


Dr. Chitra Dorai

Former AI Scientist, Entrepreneur &
Former IBM Fellow and CTO at IBM Global Services

The Visionary Leading Lady

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Debbie Hoffman

Co-Founder & CEO of Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc.

The Trailblazer

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Tami Bonnell

CEO of EXIT Realty Corp International

The Trailblazer Leading Lady


Bianca Vobecky

President of Vobecky Enterprises

The Revolutionary

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Marcia Davies

COO and Founder of mPower at Mortgage Bankers Association

The Revolutionary Leading Lady

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Heather Driscoll

Broker/Owner of Exit Realty Home Partners

The Influencer


Dottie Herman

CEO of Douglas Elliman Real Estate

The Influencer Leading Lady


Kristin Messerli

Founder of Cultural Outreach, Managing Editor for Mortgage Women

The Producer

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Rose Brand

President of Rose L. Brand & Associates, P.C

The Producer Leading Lady

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Charmane Sellers

President and CEO of ALEON Properties Inc (API)

The Veteran

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Sheri Orlowitz

Founder, President, & CEO of Artemis Holdings

The Veteran Leading Lady

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Karen Finnander

Realtor at Baird & Warner

The Renaissance Woman

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Susan Fries

President/CEO of Ecola Termite and Pest Control Services

The Renaissance Woman Leading Lady

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Samantha Gelberger

Realtor with Regency Real Estate Brokers

The Mentor


Pam O’ Connor

Retired as the 21-year President and CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

The Mentor Leading Lady

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Sonia Hassey

President and Founder of Women Inspired Network, Inc. and Destiny Women Global

The Marketer


Stephanie Anton

President of Luxury Portfolio International, sits on Board of Managers for Upstream

The Marketer Leading Lady


Molly Dowdy

Co-founder of NEXT Mortgage Events, producers of NEXT, the mortgage technology conference for women

The Innovator

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Gina Diez Barroso

Founder and CEO of Grupo Diarq

The Innovator Leading Lady

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Jennifer Alter Warden

Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Baird & Warner

Award Descriptions

The Innovator: This woman is innovating the way of conducting business and has forged her own path as an entrepreneur.

The Marketer: This leading woman illustrates the power of marketing and branding in showcasing the quality of your business. The only thing more impressive than the way she advertises her business is the company itself.

The Prodigy: This award goes to an up-and-comer; an entrepreneur whose success is only a matter of time. Showing a way of doing business different from the established players, this woman proves that there is always room for ingenuity.

The Revolutionary: This woman is a testament to women’s ability to be capable, successful leaders. Tearing down roadblocks, this awardee is changing the business world for women.

The Influencer: A groundbreaker, like Coco Chanel in the world of fashion, this woman is disproving misguided stereotypes and changing the way entrepreneurial women are perceived.

The Producer: If we were to describe this woman in one word, it would be perseverance. No broken economy or fluctuating market can keep this woman from success; she creates growth regardless of the circumstances.

The Visionary: This is a woman ahead of her time who not only solves today’s problems, but addresses the issues of tomorrow as well. She turns negatives into positives and doesn’t let the absence of a well-traveled path keep her from making her own way.

The Philanthropist: This woman is dedicated to helping others, successfully balancing her professional and personal lives in order to do so. From donating her time to her hard-earned money, she defines the meaning of giving back to your community.

The Mentor: Realizing the importance of leading by example, this woman provides mentorship avenues for the generations of tomorrow to follow in her confident footsteps.

The Advocate: This award goes to a woman who is concerned just as much about the professional welfare of others as her own. A steadfast advocate for the rights and opportunities of female entrepreneurs, she remains a strong voice in the fight for equality.

The Trailblazer: This is a woman succeeding in her competitive industry, embodying women’s power and paving the way for tomorrow’s women entrepreneurs.

The Unsung Hero: Despite not always receiving credit or accolades, the company could not function without this woman. A behind-the-scenes professional, she is the reliable foundation on which day-to-day business operates.

The Veteran: This award recognizes a woman who has succeeded through the decades, masterfully adapting to the changing business world and exemplifying her role as a leader.

The Team Player: From the boardroom to the front lines and everywhere in between, this woman can be relied upon to thrive and participate at all company levels.

The Renaissance Woman: This award goes to a woman who enjoys multiple successful careers. Either in the same industry or separate fields, she can do it all.

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