As CEO at NAC Tawana manages business development, market research initiatives and strategic direction of the firm. Tawana is a leading marketing strategist and visionary with a niche in streamlining outsourced services. In addition to NAC, Bain is Co-Founder of the U.S Economic Development Institute (U.S.EDI) - the go to organization for Economic Impact Data and trends in Supplier Diversity, serving both public and private sectors across the country. Bain’s’ clients include Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Humana, Volkswagen, Toyota, Stantec, CH2MHill, AECOM and a plethora of other corporations headquartered across the continental U.S. and Canada. Bain has been featured in Savoy, WE CEO and MBN USA Magazine for her work and success as an African American Women owned company and leader. Tawana’s leadership skills have lead her enterprise to receive National Recognition and Minority Supplier of the Year for Supplier Excellence by NMSDC, Regional Supplier of the Year by TSMSDC and the Diversity Excellence Award by One Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
Tawana has 15 years of experience in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), marketing strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). She is a graduate of Brockport University and holds a BA degree in French Communications with a minor concentration in Computer Science. She attended L ’institute De Touraine in Tours, France, and accomplished proficiency in oral and written French Communications. She is the proud mother of two handsome and talented teenage boys.
Tara Marling Abraham, Chairman and Co-CEO of Accel, Inc., is one of the nation’s leading experts in contract packaging. A strategist and experienced entrepreneur, Ms. Abraham advances innovation throughout the businesses she has established and grown, as well as professional and industry groups to which she dedicates time. Her combined expertise in finance, marketing, relationship management, supplier diversity, and mergers & acquisitions has made her a leader within the retail and consumer packaged goods industries.
A skilled communicator, Ms. Abraham has spoken extensively on women business issues relating to business strategy, public policy, and supplier diversity at multiple WBENC Conferences, The Ohio State University, WELD, NAWBO, ORV-BC and other Diversity Events over a 10 year span. She also spoke at the Otterbein Community Impact Summit in April of 2013. In addition, she speaks to students at The Ohio State University School of Business on Entrepreneurism, Leadership and Strategy as well as to the School of Fashion Merchandising.
Jesika Young is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and a current resident of Floyds Knobs, Indiana with her husband and two children. With extensive knowledge of commercial banking, Jesika is Vice President, Commercial Banking Officer for MainSource Bank in Kentucky/Southern Indiana market area. She has been awarded a 20 under 40 from the Southern Indiana Paper, News & Tribune as well as the Young Alumna of the Year award from Presentation Academy. She is a member of the 2017 class of Business First’s Forty under 40. Additionally, Jesika serves as a board member on the Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana. In 2017, Jesika was chosen as a candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year campaign and is currently raising awareness and funds for a cancer free future.
In 2016, Jesika was awarded the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) EPIC Award for Supporting Partner of the Year and is the current President of the NAWBO Kentucky/Southern Indiana Chapter. As the fifth largest chapter in the nation, NAWBO Kentucky provides support, resources and opportunities to propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. The Kentucky Chapter has always been inclusive of Southern Indiana and is now joining forces with Lexington Kentucky as well. Jesika is committed to helping business women achieve their goals and connecting them to the resources for success. Operating at the executive level, she has worked collaboratively with industry knowledge and the NAWBO mission to carry out the Board’s vision to the success it is today.
John was born and raised in Corpus Christi Texas, grew up in Houston Texas, and now thrives in Louisville Kentucky. John was raised by a single parent and is the youngest sibling of seven. John is graduate of the University of Houston, and a Philanthropist and Social Business Entrepreneur.
Fred Perenic served his country as a Marine helicopter Crew Chief from 1970-1974. During his time in the Marines, he learned the basics of sound leadership and teamwork. Fred left the Marines in 1977 and started a collaboration with 3M on a breakthrough opportunity to die cut their first generation nameplates. The collaboration with 3M started while Perenic was working in sales for another tape company. From this collaboration, Argent was born and incorporated in February 1978 as a Tier 1 supplier of self-adhesive die-cut components to the global automotive, industrial and medical markets. Perenic continues to oversee every facet of the Argent Organization as the President and CEO.
Lynn Perenic started her career as a teacher in the Hazel Park School District; where she taught elementary and special education high school for 20 years. She holds a B.S.Ed. and MAT.
In 2010, Lynn took over Argent Tape and Label, and hit the ground running. At that point the business had been mismanaged and was on the verge of collapse. Lynn attended many business seminars, took classes, and read a mountain of books to help guide her in resurrecting ATL. She decided the only sensible way to run a business was to “Open the Books”. Using The Great Game of Business as a model, the company is once again a profitable organization. ATL has since had astonishing growth and produces for automotive, health, food and beverage markets, and more. Employees are engaged in all aspects of the company, including business planning. In 2016, ATL team members signed off on the plan to purchase a Domino Digital N610i, which has allowed ATL to produce vibrant, high resolution products, while dovetailing with their strategic plan for growth.
Argent Tape and Label has won many awards since the acquisition in 2010, listing among them are top 50 Businesses to watch in MI, The All Star Award (2x) for being the best of the best in businesses practicing Open Book Management, Crain’s Cool Places to Work and was a finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of The Year award. Lynn’s persistence and dedication to excellence has ATL poised for continued success for many years to come.