Queen Associates’ Robin Pugh honored among female CEOs and executives at SmartCEOs Brava Awards.

SmartCEO honored the region’s top female business leaders at the inaugural 2016 Brava Awards, which took place Tuesday, Sept. 13 at The Fillmore Charlotte. Brava award winners combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community by encouraging local philanthropy, mentoring up-andcoming leaders and setting their companies on the path to tremendous growth. This year’s 40 CEO and executive winners collectively generate more than $24.69 billion in annual revenue and employ more than 53,800 individuals in Greater Charlotte.

“Brava winners possess the hallmark qualities of successful leaders — vision, passion, compassion, dedication, perseverance. Each winner in this inaugural class exhibits these qualities in all facets of her life, from running her business to tending to her family and donating time andresources to philanthropic initiatives,” says Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, president of SmartCEO.

“We are honored to recognize a group of Charlotte women who are truly making a difference in the world.”

More than 200 executives, friends and family attended the high-energy celebration to honor the 2016 Brava winners and their achievements. The event kicked off with high-energy networking, followed by a video-packed awards presentation that honored each winner for their business leadership, philanthropy and mentoring.

Please see below for a complete list of winners. For more information on this year’s Brava winners, visit www.smartceo.com/charlotte-brava to read their inspiring stories published in SmartCEO magazine.