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Thursday, September 18, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NAWBO-Sac Reveals 2014 “Wind Beneath Our Wings” and "Lifetime Achievement Award" Recipients, Eva Garcia, Pam Marrone Chosen.

Sacramento, CA. (Sept. 18, 2014) – The National Association of Women Business Owners Sacramento (NAWBO-SAC) is pleased to announce the recipients of its “Wind Beneath Our Wings” and "Lifetime Achievement Awards, "which will be presented at its 17th Annual Outstanding Women Leaders Awards (OWL Awards) on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento.

The OWL Awards, to be MC’ed by KFBK’s radio personality Kitty O’Neal, celebrates key women business owners who have excelled as entrepreneurs and community leaders.

NAWBO-Sac will present the "Wind Beneath Our Wings" and "Lifetime Achievement Awards" to two recipients: Eva Garcia and Pam Marrone, Ph.D. Both women have each trail-blazed and excelled in their respective fields while creating numerous economic opportunities for many local citizens.

Garcia, a pioneer and outstanding leader in her own right, celebrates 50 years as a realtor and owner of Garcia Realty, a real estate business she co-founded in 1967 with her now deceased husband.

A world traveler who has traveled to 65 countries, she is the recipient of many awards for her trailblazing and impact driven career as a business owner in Sacramento. Eva is Sacramento’s first Latina broker, the first Latina to serve in Sacramento City Unified School District as a board member, the first Latina City Council Woman for Sacramento, an appointee of Governor Jerry Brown to the California State Board of Education, California State Fair Board of Trustees, an ex-elected President of the Women’s Council of Realtors, ex-President of the Multiple Listing Service (now known as MetroList) of the Sacramento Board of Realtors, an ex- state President of the Women’s Council of Realtors, a co-founding member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and a co-founding member of NAWBO-Sacramento, among many achievements. She is also a past recipient of the OWL ‘Wise Woman’ Award.

Dr. Marrone, CEO of Davis-based Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., is the founder of three (3) companies, one of which produces and sells a bioinsecticide, a biofungicide, and the environmental industry’s only selective and environmentally compatible molluscicide, which kills invasive mussels in rivers, lakes and water systems. In August 2013, she led Marrone Bio Innovations to be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange, raising net proceeds of $56.4 million.

Marronne is also actively involved and gives back to her local community. She is a founder and board member of the Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA), a trade association of more than 70 biopesticide and related companies, is on the board of the Association of Applied IPM Ecologists Foundation and is a board member/treasurer of the Organic Farming Research Foundation. She also serves on the UC Davis Ag and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council, and is purposeful in mentoring, recruiting and employing the next generation of young leaders. Marrone is a past recipient of the OWL Innovator Award.

“NAWBO-Sac is pleased to recognize Eva Garcia and Pam Marrone for their remarkable achievements and leadership in the Sacramento Valley region,” said Anne Staines President of NAWBO-Sac and Founder of Proprose Social Marketing Solutions. “Both women are such great role models for the organization and the community at large, it is a privilege to honor and recognize them for their remarkable achievements.”

For further press inquiries and/or for interviews with Anne Staines, President of NAWBO-Sac, about the OWL Awards, please contact Uduak Oduok, Esq. at

Uduak Oduok
(916) 538-4249


The Outstanding Women Leaders (OWL) Awards was established in 1997 to recognize and celebrate outstanding women business owners in the Sacramento Valley region. The event is a tribute to women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders who have advanced the status of entrepreneurial excellence and community leadership.

The OWL Awards recognizes women nominees in seven categories: Woman on the Way Award (Up and coming business owner, less than 5 years in business), Woman Innovator Award (Successful business owner in a non-traditional business), Luminary Award (An individual lighting the way for others), Executive Woman Award (Senior level corporate woman), Vision Award (An organization whose vision provides opportunities for girls or women) Wise Woman Award (Business Woman of the Year) and Achievement Against All Odds (Success despite unfavorable circumstances).

ABOUT NAWBO Sacramento Valley
NAWBO-Sacramento is the region’s premier organization and voice for women business owners. Our goals are to provide women business owners with appropriate educational, social, economic and political programs to assist them in making effective changes in their business culture, including, building strategic business alliances and affiliations, influencing opinion makers and strengthening the wealth building capacity of our members. We value and seek a diverse and inclusive membership no matter how large or small your business. Follow NAWBO-Sac on | | or visit
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