Karen Reynolds Among Finalists for Women in Technology’s 2014 Women of the Year in Technology Award

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Women in Technology (WIT) announced the nine finalists for its 2014 Women of the Year in Technology Awards. Karen Reynolds, President of zBoost, was selected as one of the top three nominees in the Emerging/Small Business category.

Karen Reynolds - President of zBoost

Karen Reynolds was instrumental in briefing the FCC commissioners regarding the industry. More than one Commissioner commented on the rarity of being briefed by a woman in the wireless industry.

Women in Technology (WIT) announced the nine finalists for its 2014 Women of the Year in Technology Awards. Karen Reynolds, President of zBoost, was selected as one of the top three nominees in the Emerging/Small Business category.

Under her leadership, zBoost cell phone signal boosters expanded into new markets and increased sales by more than 35%. As President and CFO of zBoost, formerly Wi-Ex, Karen Reynolds has immersed herself in the technology, manufacturing and business aspects of the wireless industry. Reynolds brings over 25 years of operational, financial and consulting experience in service, technology, distribution and manufacturing industries for entrepreneurial-based and fast-growing companies. Reynolds has become a pioneer in the wireless industry.

The FCC Report and Order “Improving Wireless Coverage for Consumers through the Use of Signal Boosters,” which was issued last year and in which more stringent technical standards for cellular signal boosters were adopted is an endorsement of the growing need for cellular signal boosters; Reynolds was instrumental in briefing the FCC commissioners regarding the industry. More than one Commissioner commented on the rarity of being briefed by a woman in the wireless industry.

“We couldn’t be prouder that Karen has been recognized by Women in Technology,” said Robert Van Buskirk, President and CEO of Wilson Electronics, LLC, parent company of zBoost. “We already recognize her contributions at Wilson Electronics and are fortunate to have her leading the zBoost division of our business.”

Each year, WIT recognizes the accomplishments of Georgia’s top women leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and the impact they’ve made in their communities. Only three finalists from each category, representing Small/Emerging, Medium/Mid-Size and Large/Enterprise businesses, are selected.

The winners of each category will be announced at the Women of the Year in Technology Awards gala and dinner on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at the Georgia Aquarium.

Presented by Infor, the Women of the Year in Technology Awards is also sponsored by a host of other companies. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, click here.

For more information about the awards, visit http://www.mywit.org/WOTY.

About zBoost
zBoost, a leading provider of consumer cell phone signal booster kits and manufacturer of the popular zBoost cell phone signal booster, was the first company to introduce consumer-priced, easy-to-install - no knobs, cell phone signal booster kits that “extended cell zones” for the home market. The zBoost product line works with most carriers in North America including AT&T®, Sprint®, T-Mobile® and Verizon®. The award-winning zBoost home solutions help today's connected consumers using iPhone, iPad, Android (DROID), BlackBerry with dropped calls and slow data. zBoost, a division of Wilson Electronics, LLC, continues to develop innovative products that meet the demands of an increasingly wireless society by enhancing wireless signals.

About the Women of the Year in Technology Awards
Since 2000, Women in Technology has celebrated female technology executives for their accomplishments as leaders in business, visionaries of technology and women who make a difference in their communities. Qualifying nominees hold business or STEM leadership roles within a technology organization in Georgia or they maintain STEM leadership positions within a non-technology organization. Winners are selected in three categories: Large/Enterprise business (companies with more than 2,500 employees); Medium/Mid-Size business (companies with 251 to 2,500 employees); and Small/Emerging business (companies with 250 employees or less).

About Women in Technology
With a vision of making Georgia the state with the highest percentage of women in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce by the year 2020, Women in Technology (WIT), an Atlanta-based organization, passionately supports women at every stage of their STEM careers – from the classroom to the boardroom. The organization enables women to build strong networks, develop leadership skills and advance their careers. Through the WIT Foundation, the organization educates and encourages girls and young women to pursue STEM careers with programs like Girls Get IT and WIT on Campus. Reaching more than 1,000 professionals annually through its programs and with 100+ volunteers, WIT has become the largest, most active organization of its kind in the region.

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