Orange County Business Journal Presents Awards at the 21st Annual Women in Business Luncheon

The Orange County Business Journal’s Women in Business Awards luncheon celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of the county’s standout female professionals.
OCBJ Publisher & CEO Richard Reisman with 2015 WIB Keynote Toni Ko
OCBJ Publisher & CEO Richard Reisman with 2015 WIB Keynote Toni Ko
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IRVINE, Calif. - June 25, 2015 - PRLog -- Tuesday, June 23, marked the Orange County Business Journal’s annual Women in Business Awards luncheon. The program, in its 21st year, celebrates the accomplishments of the county’s standout female professionals. The ceremony drew a crowd of more than 800 to the Hotel Irvine, continuing its long-standing tradition of being one of the largest women’s recognition events in Southern California.

The afternoon’s festivities were highlighted by a keynote address from Founder & Previous Chairwoman of NYX Cosmetics and CEO of Butter Ventures Toni Ko. In her keynote, Ko challenged businesswomen to redefine the standard of success in their professional and personal lives. Ko created NYX Cosmetics in 1999 and generated $2 million in sales during her first year. The company grew to become a leader in the color cosmetics industry, and at the time of sale to L’Oréal SA, had revenues of more than $100 million.

A total 215 individuals were nominated for this year’s program. Five awards were presented to the candidates whom the judging panel (comprised of representatives from the event’s Diamond and Platinum sponsoring organizations in addition to one representative from the Business Journal) determined to be the most extraordinary.

Event Sponsors: Diamond Sponsor MUFG Union Bank, N.A.; Platinum Sponsors Wells Fargo, Cox Business, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Lugano Diamonds, Bank of the West, Lindora, Chase; Gold Sponsor St. John; Silver Sponsors Walmart, HMWC CPAs, Girl Scouts of Orange County, Allergen; and Bronze Sponsors Preferred Hotel Group, Opus Bank, Hotel Irvine, UPS, Auto Club of Southern California, University of Phoenix.

Following are profiles for the five recipients:

Jane Buchan, Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director

Jane Buchan is co-founder and chief executive officer of PAAMCO, a global investment management firm based in Irvine, Calif. with offices in London and Singapore. Along with three co-founders, Buchan started the firm in 2000 and has grown it to $9.7 billion in assets under management (as of June 1, 2015) and over $6 billion in assets under advisement. In addition to her responsibilities for overall business strategy and firm direction, Buchan remains actively involved in PAAMCO’s investment process as a member of the firm’s Investment Oversight Committee. Buchan has been named to 50 Women in Hedge Funds, published by The Hedge Fund Journal and Ernst & Young, in 2013, 2010 and 2009. She is also the recipient of 100 Women in Hedge Fund’s 2014 North American Industry Leadership Award.

Kristen Mauger Allison, President/Chief Executive Officer
Burnham Benefits

In 1995, Kristen Allison acquired the benefits practice of John Burnham & Co. and formed Burnham Benefits Insurance Services. Twenty years ago, significantly growing and enhancing a company with that level of visibility and success was a challenge and Allison was one of the few women to take it on. Year after year, however, Allison defied the odds—exceeding even her own high expectations. Now, with offices throughout California and a staff of more than 75, who manage more than $1.5 billion in premiums, Burnham has not only become one of the largest female-owned employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the western region, but also one of the best places to work in the benefits industry and Orange County—an achievement Allison attributes to strong relationships and a company culture that empowers employees to excel at their strengths and work toward individual goals.

Debra Miller, Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Twelve years ago Debra Miller’s son was diagnosed with an incurable, deadly disease. It was a death sentence she refused to accept, and Miller unleashed her business skills gained from a successful career in publishing and attacked the disease head-on. She founded CureDuchenne, a nonprofit in search of a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which impacts 1 in 3,500 boys, claiming their lives by their mid-20s. Miller has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for this mission. The foundation uses a venture philanthropy model that has enabled the nonprofit to leverage $100 million in investments with biotech and pharmaceutical companies to fund promising research. As a direct result, the first drugs to stem the devastating effects of Duchenne are close to FDA approval.

Susan Beat, Managing Director
MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Susan Beat has achieved significant distinction in what is still an industry dominated by men. Her career started right after high school with a typical part-time, entry-level banking job. It has grown to encompass the management of over $13 billion in deposits across the nation and roles on key committees within MUFG Union Bank, N.A. Beat manages a network of bank officers across the country, and is responsible for the strategy and execution required to meet the needs of thousands of commercial clients’ global treasury management needs. To anticipate the needs of clients today, Beat has to be thinking 5-10 years in the future. In addition to running her business, Beat also sits on various policy making committees within MUFG Union Bank, N.A. including Chairing the Bank’s Foundation Committee for Orange County and Los Angeles, Benefits Administration, and the Leadership Council for Diversity and Inclusion.

Lisa Vogel, Co-President
Raj Manufacturing Inc.

Lisa Vogel serves as co-president of RAJ Manufacturing LLC, one of the largest women’s swimwear companies in the United States. RAJ Manufacturing LLC designs, manufactures and sells swimwear under many internationally recognized brand names including ATHENA, Next by Athena, Hurley Swimwear, Nautica Swimwear, Luxe by Lisa Vogel, Reef Swimwear, Ella Moss Isla and Splendid Swim. As a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, Vogel joined RAJ Manufacturing LLC, a family business founded by her parents, Marta and Raj Bhathal. She has served in various roles throughout the company during her tenor, and currently oversees the marketing/public relations department, licensing and compliance, operations, as well as the design and merchandising departments. Vogel has appeared in numerous fashion and business television segments including Orange County Cable Business Journal, Dialogue with Jim Doti, as well as appearances on CBS, E! Entertainment Television, NBC Inside Couture and the STYLE Network.


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