Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Now its down to Ten Finalists in the Businesswoman's poll.

Well, the poll for top businesswoman in the Jackson area is over. It received the most votes out of any poll in JJ's history: 1156 votes. More than even the Hottest Reporter Poll. Susan Lunardini did very well but now she has to make it through the finals to win. I have whittled the results to ten finalists:

Susan Lunardini (Southern Consultants), Bridget McCart Tisdale (Easily Amused), Lisa Kirk/Heather Miller (Cups), Alexandra Wilkes/Leslie Decker (Alex & Lele), Pamela Hancock (Attorney), Jennifer Corson (Stages Magazine), Judy Lindsay (Beyond Therapy Group), Jessie Long/Amanda Quarles (Dirty Hippie Soaps), Suzanne Moak (Smoak Salon), Connie McCaa (Lasik Doctor). I'm in the middle of collecting bios so if any of the finalists want to send me a photo and a quick bio or description of their company, feel free to do so at kingfish1935@gmail.com.

I was a little surprised by the results as I thought Gail Pittman would garner more votes and Linda Graham would as well. Jill Conner Browne getting only six votes was a huge surprise to me as well. Here are the results.

Linda Graham (Coldwell)
13 (1%)
April Davidson (Mortgage 1st)
1 (0%)
Margaret Byrd (Mortgage Connection)
2 (0%)
Jessie Long/Amanda Quarles (Dirty Hippy Soaps)
57 (4%)
Michelle Austin (Repeat Street)
11 (0%)
Rebecca Laskin (Laskin Therapy)
6 (0%)
Suzanne Moak (Smoak Salon)
64 (5%)
Myung Cockrell (Prof. Alterations)
37 (3%)
Lisa Kirk/Heather Miller (Cups)
85 (7%)
Charlotte Smith (R.E.)
5 (0%)
Jill Conner Browne
6 (0%)
Patty Christie (Patty Peck)
8 (0%)
September Moore (Wireless Style)
4 (0%)
Susanne Moore (Moore Smiles)
3 (0%)
Liz Henry (Liz Henry Jewelry)
6 (0%)
Amanda Overby (Overby Co.)
8 (0%)
Judy Lindsay (Beyond Therapy Group)
62 (5%)
Liza Looser (Cirlot Agency)
20 (1%)
Jude Muse (Treehouse)
10 (0%)
Alexandra Wilkes/Leslie Decker (Alex & Lele)
80 (6%)
Lauren McGraw (McGraw Gotta Go)
13 (1%)
Barbara Page (Fanin Mart Emeritus)
5 (0%)
Noreen Bozeman (Ins)
2 (0%)
Elizabeth Bryant (Sincerely Yours)
6 (0%)
Susan Lunardini (Southern Consultants)
124 (10%)
Anne Prewitt (Realtor)
1 (0%)
Bebe Wolfe (Wolfe Studios)
8 (0%)
Pamela Hancock (Atty)
64 (5%)
Ronnie Davis (Inside Story)
4 (0%)
Karen Gilder (Portico)
27 (2%)
Nancy King (Nandy's Candy)
13 (1%)
Christina Gannon (One Blu Wall)
2 (0%)
Kay Lee (Finishing Touch)
1 (0%)
Joanne Hartley (Molecules)
0 (0%)
Sarah Lofton (Lofton Advert.)
2 (0%)
Jackie Bland (State Farm)
1 (0%)
Toni Cooley (Systems Electrocoating)
12 (1%)
Myrna Alexaner (Jackson Cardiology)
3 (0%)
Bridget McCart Tisdale (Easely Amused)
94 (8%)
Gail Pittman
34 (2%)
Sherri Hilton (Persnickety)
8 (0%)
Ginger Green (Kolbs)
1 (0%)
Cheryl Hill (Images)
0 (0%)
Kristin Tubb (Orange Peel)
7 (0%)
Misti Garner/Ginger Wartes (Migi's)
7 (0%)
Jennifer Simmons/Kathryn Shamburger (Pink Bombshell)
29 (2%)
Connie McKay (Lasik Dr.)
46 (3%)
Jennifer Corson (Stages Mag.)
56 (4%)
Glenda Barner (Sugar's)
4 (0%)
Alyson Swalley/Alice Harrigil (Party City)
2 (0%)
Paula & Sybil Coe (Keifers)
16 (1%)
Diann Alford/Two Sisters
7 (0%)
Tracy Szilasi (Maison Weiss)
1 (0%)
Cherry Deddens (R.E.0
5 (0%)
Katie Stafford (Mary Moment Photo.)
8 (0%)
Jeanelle Caraway (J. Caraway Photo)
7 (0%)
Gale Fisher (Wavelengths)
9 (0%)
Lamia (Lamia's Boutique)
1 (0%)
Vickie Graves (AMS Mortgage)
5 (0%)
Nancy Boyll (New Summitt)
4 (0%)
Cindy Clegg (Catered Affair)
4 (0%)
Olga (Olga's)
25 (2%)

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gail Pittman sold out and cost many people jobs. Jill Conner Browne has pissed off most of her followers with her latest shenanigans. Linda Graham? Who cares.

Anonymous said...

so i guess maybe they should have asked you or pelosi or obama or reid for permission to do what they wanted with their enterprises first?

Anonymous said...

I see no Feds in this list, and I can attest that I work my ass off everyday for the public. Thanks KF, for forgetting the women in government that work their asses off everyday. I can guarantee that the taxpayers get more than their moneys worth in my office.

Anonymous said...

total of 1156 votes cast.

clearly a popularity contest not a "best businesswoman contest".

contest should be renamed Most Popular Woman with a Business

Anonymous said...

You people take yourselves way too seriously.

Anonymous said...

Public employees are not businesswomen. They are employees of the government. Nothing wrong with that, it's just this poll is for women who started and run businesses of their own.

Anonymous said...

@ 7:00 pm:

No, simply stating why they didn't get more votes.

Anonymous said...

2:20, you are not a business person. You may be the most competent employee the government has ever seen, easily more competent that our current president of his cabinet, but you are still just an employee. You work for an organization that has no accountability. If you WEREN'T good at your job, you might lose it, but the department where you work would keep right on trucking.

Kingfish said...

So how do we judge best businesswoman?

Let me look at the financials for every such business in town? Me pick them off of the top of my head? Create a panel and accept nominations and have the panel decide? Poll? Every method I could have used would've been protested by someone. The poll is the best way in my mind.

By the way government employee, you already had your poll over at the MBJ and it covered government employees. You've never met a payroll, had to seek capital, worry about invoices being paid so you could buy inventory or pay employees, scrimped on groceries so you could honor employees contracts and pay them more than you make, cried at night when you worried at first you were going to ever get over the hump, or had your name, credit, and home on the line and wondered if you were nuts for doing so.

Anonymous said...

I am a female government employee and I see no problem not having govt. women in this poll.

A woman in government might have a great business mind, and be great at her government job, but that doesn't make her a businesswoman. I've been in government AND in small business and they are simply different.

As far as ways to evaluate the Top Ten -- I'd love to know the following about each:
- Entreprenureal creativity -- how did the business come about? Where did the idea come from?
- Start-Up -- how was the business started?
- Growth -- what kind of growth has the business seen under the nominee's leadership?
- Financials -- how involved is the nominee in managing the financials of the business -- is she reviewing the books and signing the checks, or does she leave that to someone else?
- Reach -- does the business reach a wide customer base? How does the nominee accomplish this?
- Quality -- any information rating the quality of the service/product provided by the nominee.

It would be nice to hear some other information. I don't know if it's fair, but I honestly will evaluate higher a woman who is both a mother and an involved businesswoman, simply because she's got more things to juggle. Of course, if anyone is concered about that sort of thing, personal info can be left out.

Anonymous said...

Government employee or not, I nominate 1:26.

JDBerry said...

I don't know if it's fair, but I honestly will evaluate higher a woman who ... simply because she's got more things to juggle.

Sorry about reading that differently.

Anonymous said...

JD, those can complicate a businesswoman's life, too, believe me.

Anonymous said...

I think a very important part of the equation is how civic minded are they. Do they serve on various boards and are they active in the community? Sometime, these ladies have risen above their company duties and are able to 'get out' into the public and be a force for change in the community. I'm sure some businesswomen are great as CEO's; but have little time for politics, civic groups and fundraising, outside of writing a check or attending a Jackson VIP/NS Sun photo op type event.

That said, how much a person makes or how much their company is worth has very little to do with how good of a CEO/Business person they are. Think about it. One company may pay one employee more than the whole payroll of another. That doesn't make them a better manager/owner.

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that pretty much all of these comments are coming from women.

Anonymous said...

Pamela Hancock is a fine Madison Mississippi Family Law Attorney!

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