Maria Shireen® Wins Across Multiple Categories in the 2017 Stevie® Awards

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Maria Shireen and Co-Founder Shireen Thor were recognized for their leadership in business.

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Maria Shireen®, maker of the original hair tie bracelet, announced today the company has earned three 2017 Stevie® Awards, the premier awards program for women in business. Maria Shireen was named the Gold for Startup of the Year: Consumer Products and the Bronze for Company of the Year: Consumer Products, 10 or Less Employees, while CEO and Co-founder Shireen Thor earned the Bronze for Female Entrepreneur of the Year: Consumer Products, 10 or Less Employees. Thor received these prestigious recognitions at the 14th annual awards dinner on Friday, November 17, 2017 in New York City.

The visionary at the helm of the first-and-only jewelry accessory company to combine the function of elastic hair ties with the stylish appeal of a bracelet, Thor has earned her recognition for steering Maria Shireen’s impressive growth and industry positioning, which includes bringing its patent portfolio to a total of 8 utility and 9 design patents - more utility patents on jewelry bracelets than any other company in the world. Currently, Maria Shireen sells to over 45 countries and has grown into $6 million business through ecommerce alone since its inception in 2015.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by the Stevie Awards and earn recognition among a group of such dynamic women and businesses,” said Thor. “Celebrating the accomplishments of women in business is empowering on both a professional and personal level, and I am thrilled to be part of a community of such inspiring peers.”

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2017 awards received entries from 25 nations and territories.

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Stevie Award winners are available at http://www.StevieAwards.com/Women.

For more information on Maria Shireen and Shireen Thor, visit http://www.MariaShireen.com.

About Maria Shireen®
Maria Shireen® is the first-and-only jewelry accessory company to combine the function of elastic hair ties with the stylish appeal of a bracelet. Created by visionaries Arni and Shireen Thor, Maria Shireen hair tie bracelets have revolutionized the way women utilize and keep track of elastic hair ties across the fashion, beauty, accessories, and health industries. The hair tie bracelet is designed to create a unique piece of jewelry that keeps easy-to-lose accessories on lock and comfortably on-hand. The sleek slip-on bracelet has a channel that holds thick or thin bands in place, alleviating the pressure from the elastic around the wrist while giving the blasé hair tie a bold makeover. Maria Shireen hair tie bracelets are available in a variety of designs to suit a range of styles and lifestyles.

The Maria Shireen® patent-protected hair tie bracelet holds more utility patents on jewelry bracelets than any other company in the world, and has been featured in over 100 print, online and broadcast media outlets. Industry recognitions include Red Herring North America Top 100 (2017) and Red Herring Global Top 100 (2017). Shireen Thor was awarded a Stevie® international award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year (2017) among other Stevie Award recognitions and was also a top finalist in her local community as San Diego's 2017 Business Women of the Year. Since 2015, Maria Shireen® has expanded sales of its bracelets to over 45 countries, growing into a multi-million dollar business through e-commerce alone.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

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