Nellie Cashman archives
Candidates for the Nellie Cashman Business Owner of the Year award are judged based on their entrepreneurial spirit, ethics and community spirit, financial management skill, and the difficulty and risk they have endured to achieve their success.

Past Winners & Finalists

Vanessa Smith
Blue Ribbon Cooking

Congratulations to the 2017 Nellie Cashman
Woman Business Owner of the Year Award Winner!

Vanessa Smith was born and raised to throw parties for a living! Growing up in a cooking school with a very artistic eye Vanessa developed a love for helping people celebrate life’s milestones.  Vanessa launched into business ownership at the age of 23 and within 3 years was running company with over 90 employees.  When Vanessa is not planning parties for her company’s clients at Blue Ribbon Cooking, she enjoys savoring moments with her husband and young family at their home in Seattle.  Vanessa brings determination, hands-on leadership, an incredible hard work ethic and fun to all of life’s adventures.

A warm thank you to our 2017 Nellie Judges

Amy Roberts
Assurance Partner, BDO USA, LLP

Amy Roberts is an Assurance Partner for BDO USA, LLP. She has over 15 years of public accounting experience serving a wide array of companies. Amy plays an active leadership role in BDO’s Women’s Inclusion initiative which aims to create an environment in which woman can thrive and reach their potential.

Andrea Duffield
Owner MOSAIC, 2016 Nellie Winner

Andrea Duffield is the President and CEO of MOSAIC Rehabilitation. MOSAIC operates four clinics in the greater Puget Sound area providing pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as behavioral and psychological services to children, adolescents and young adults.

Eric J. Scroggins, PhD
Vice President/Commercial Relationship Manager, Banner Bank

Since 1993 Dr. Eric Scroggins has been providing financial services and insight to clients from Individuals to Small Business as well as Private Banking clientele. Over the past 19 years Eric has built a reputation for solid relationship building and sound advice that helps clients reach their desired objectives. Eric has his B.S. in Business Management and Communications, an MBA, and a Ph.D in Psychology.

Laurie Nichols
Next Chapter Vision

Next Chapter Vision Coach, Laurie Nichols is fiercely committed to guiding late career professionals and business owners to reimagine their lives and work so that they stop settling for life on autopilot and find a new gear to create a more purposeful, rewarding path for the next and best stage of their lives.

Marilyn L. Boss
Managing Director, Marsh, Seattle Office

Marilyn Boss leads growth and operations for the Seattle office of Marsh, the leading insurance brokerage in the Northwest. Marilyn is the executive responsible for the office's overall operations and financial performance in Washington. Marilyn is a proven leader with track record for growth and client retention.