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The Leaders nomination category includes executives, academics, government officials, or key employees who are part of organizations serving the small business market.

Nominees for 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards in the category of business leaders.

John T. Hewitt

13 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


John Hewitt is the Founder and CEO of Liberty Tax Service. With 42 years of tax industry experience, Hewitt is also the founder of two of the top three tax companies. Hewitt launched Liberty Tax in…   Read More



Jason Fried

26 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Jason Fried is co-founder of 37signals, a Chicago-based software firm, and co-author of the book Rework, which was published last March. He also writes Inc.'s Get Real column.   Read More



Tory Johnson

22 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


After being coldly fired from a job she loved, Tory Johnson learned the importance of a self-directed career path—one that’s controlled by each of us and not reliant on others handing us what we want…   Read More



Ja-Naé Duane

16 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Ja-Naé Duane stepped into the limelight at age 13 as an award-winning public speaker. Since then, the intrepid speaker, strategist, social scientist, artist, creative economist, and author of "How to…   Read More



Larry Janesky

14 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Larry Janesky is the founder of Basement Systems Inc. and its sister companies — Connecticut Basement Systems Inc., CleanSpace, Total Basement Finishing Inc., Relia-Serve Corporation, and co-founder…   Read More



Mike Handelsman

15 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Mike Handelsman is Group General Manager for BizBuySell, the Internet's largest and most heavily trafficked business-for-sale marketplace. Prior to his BizBuySell position, Mike began his career in brand…   Read More



"Brad Smith" Named A Top 100 Champion

100 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Brad Smith is Intuit's president and chief executive officer. Prior to being named CEO, Smith was senior vice president and general manager of Intuit's Small Business Division and was responsible for the…   Read More



Dan Siroker

14 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


The inspiration for Optimizely came from Dan Siroker's experience as the Director of Analytics for the Obama Presidential Campaign and Deputy New Media Director for the Presidential Transition. Before…   Read More



Sean Whiteley

16 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Sean Whiteley is the Senior Vice President of Salesforce.com, a global enterprise software company headquartered in San Francisco, California. Prior to working at Salesforce.com, Sean founded Kieden, and…   Read More



Sandy Carter

13 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Sandy Carter is Vice President of Social Business Evangelism at IBM. She is the best selling author of two books: “The New Language of Business: SOA & Web 2.0”, and “The New Language of Marketing…   Read More



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