San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 3, 2008
We are pleased to announce the 2008 NAWBO®-SF Leaders and Legends Award winners. These accomplished women business owners will receive their awards at the 24th Annual NAWBO®-SF Leaders and Legends Women Entrepreneurs of the Year Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 2 at the Westin St. Francis. Be sure to check out these amazing entrepreneurs! http://www.nawbo-sf.org/leaders-legends.html
2008 NAWBO®-SF Rising Star -
Laura van Galen, Bleu Marketing Solutions, Inc.
Laura van Galen, founder, president and CEO of Bleu Marketing Solutions, Inc. and Bleu Properties, Inc., is an authoritative direct marketer that understands the woven fabrics of customer acquisition and customer retention marketing with over 22 years of domestic and international success in this field.
In 2001, after four years heading up a list management division of a leading list management firm, Laura decided it was time to start her own company, and began Bleu Marketing Solutions, Inc., an agency focused on supporting large businesses to acquire new customers through offline and online list marketing. Using nothing more than credit cards and $10,000 in cash the first year to get started, the company now enjoys profitability and consistent annual growth. In 2007, Bleu Marketing Solutions, Inc. was named as one of the fastest growing companies in the Management Consulting Services industry by Inc. Magazine 2007. And as it looks right now, it will also be named in the 2008 book.
In an online arena that is fraught with fraud and crime, Laura believes it is her philosophy of honesty, pride and people that sets her apart. She created a mentor program where she trained and molded young adults in this field - and then hired 90% of her staff in the first years of business from this enriching program. She is often invited to speak at events such as: at MacWorld 2002, Northern California Direct Marketing Association, Women in Leadership at Santa Clara University, San Francisco State University MBA Marketing Department, and more.
As one of the country's prominent female direct marketing executives, Laura van Galen has been recognized by numerous business and professional organizations. Laura's ability to connect with her clients, and provide outstanding service to all has made her a great success. Omaha Steaks, a long-time client and business partner, has recognized her as an "ambassador" who "has not only ferreted some of our most successful programs, she's really taken the time to learn our business and function as an extension of our desks. Her tenacity, industry knowledge and direct marketing acumen have earned her a role as a critical member of the Omaha Steaks new business team."