Smead CEO applauded for leadership

12 April 2005 – Hastings (MN): President/CEO of Smead Sharon Avent has been awarded with an Applause Award by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Avent said: "I am very honoured to be chosen for this award. I was mentored by a strong and passionate business woman – my mother – so to receive this award as Smead is celebrating 50 years of woman ownership is personally significant."

Introduced in 1999, the Applause Award recognises significant accomplishments that further WBENC’s mission of breaking down barriers that impede the progress and growth of women-owned business.