Publisher's Perspective

Celebrating Exceptional Leaders and Teamwork

“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
– Vince Lombardi

This month we are recognizing nine incredible leaders. Their commitment, perseverance, determination and passion are truly an inspiration, and there is much we can all learn from these exceptional women. We hope you enjoy reading their stories along with our Women in Business spotlights in this month’s edition.

This is the first year the awards were opened to nominations. Many of our advisory board members rated each of the nominations, and the numbers were so close. It’s only fitting that we included all of the nominees in this month’s issue.

It’s an honor to be able to celebrate our honorees this year at our 4th Annual Women’s Inspired Leadership Awards Luncheon.

P.S. In the spirit of recognition and celebration, I’d like to introduce our team of talented women. We could not do what we do each month without these amazing professionals:

Meaghan Branham is our communications manager. She started an internship with the magazine within days of graduating from the University of Central Florida, and I have had the pleasure of working with her ever since. She is one of our writers and also works with our clients and partners in addition to overseeing production and outgoing communications. She is a talented young professional with a strong work ethic.

Elyssa Coultas is our digital brand manager. She joined our team almost a year ago. She is one of our writers and also manages our digital content and social media. She is passionate about giving back to the community. She previously operated her own companies, and her entrepreneurial spirit along with her creativity and collaborative energy bring much to the team.

Donna Duda is our director of encouragement. She was an initial silent investor in i4 Business when the magazine was launched in 2013. She has taken on a more active role with planning, creative direction and proofreading the publication in this past year. She’s currently director of corporate communications and family relations at DUDA and an incredible leader, and we are blessed to have her as a partner.

Julie Fletcher is our fabulous photographe. As with many members of our team, we often hear how great she is to work with and everyone loves her photography. She’s been a photographer for 25 years covering everything from breaking news to corporate needs, events, portraits and family moments. We are so fortunate she joined our team just under a year ago.

Susan Howard, APR, is our copy editor. She is a key part of our editorial team and ensures our articles are concise, consistent and grammatically correct — a very important role in the publication industry. She takes pride in our publication and is passionate about sharing our magazine with more people in the business community.

Tanya Mutton is our talented art director. I have had the pleasure of working with her for close to three years now, and I was very excited when she expressed an interest in working with us as we were forming our new team. She brings our stories in the magazine to life with her remarkable design capabilities. Her loyalty, initiative and talent are such an asset to the team.

Diane Sears is our editor-in-chief. She is co-chair and co-founder of Go for the Greens, a local nonprofit, and also serves on the board of ATHENAPowerLink, which is where we met four years ago. As a talented journalist and experienced editor, she was the first person I thought of when we looked into purchasing this business. She has truly brought something special to our publication.

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About the author

Cherise Czaban

Cherise Czaban is the publisher of i4 Business magazine and the CEO of i4 Business LLC. She formerly served as vice president of business development for SCB Marketing, the previous publishers of i4 Business.

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