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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.

Susan Sobbott

13 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


For the past four years, Susan Sobbott has been serving small businesses and advocating for their success as President of American Express OPEN, the company’s second-largest business unit. Under Sobbott's…   Read More



Otwan Lowery

15 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Otwan Lowery is a graduate of Babson College where he studied Accounting. He started his career in public accounting at one of the Big 4 when he decided that his entrepreneurship was calling him. He started…   Read More



Todd Thibodeaux

18 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Todd Thibodeaux is the president and chief executive officer of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the leading trade association representing the business interests of the global…   Read More



Kevin Cochrane

14 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Kevin Cochrane is the Vice President of Product Strategy Marketing at Adobe. His resume includes positions at Day Software AG, as Chief Marketing Officer and VP Product Management at Alfresco. Kevin holds…   Read More



Dan Gilbert

15 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Dan Gilbert is Chairman and Founder of Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s largest online home lender. He is also majority owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and the American Hockey League’s Lake…   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



Ann Handley

31 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Ann Handley is the Chief Content Officer at MarketingProfs.com since the summer of 2002. She is the co-founder ClickZ.com in 1997; sold to then-internet.com in 2000.   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



Yao Huang

15 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Yao-Hui Huang is an entrepreneurial executive who works with businesses and startups in many industries with a focus on technology, helping them to grow their organizations in a market-smart and cost-effective…   Read More



Shelly Sun

13 Votes

Nominated for a Small Business Influencer Award in: Leaders


Shelly Sun is the founder and President of BrightStar, a full service healthcare staffing agency serving corporate and private duty clients since 2002. Shelly Sun founded BrightStar Franchising in January…   Read More



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