Management Services Northwest

Lynden woman wins regional award

October 26, 2011

WHATCOM — Local business owner Janelle Bruland of Management Services Northwest has been named the 2011 Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year.

The prestigious award was bestowed at an Oct. 13 gala awards banquet in Seattle by Women Business Owners, a leading Puget Sound organization for women entrepreneurs.

This year’s recipient, Lynden resident Janelle Bruland, purchased Ferndale-based Management Services Northwest as a small janitorial company of 10 employees in 1995. She has since built it into a regional facility management company with 240 employees, branches in Portland and Spokane, and business partners across Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Bruland also serves on the board of the Building Services Contractors Association International and on the editorial committee for Services magazine.

Bruland grew up as a daughter of Don and Janice Geleynse of Lynden and graduated from Lynden Christian High School.

The Ferndale Record sat down with Bruland to talk about receiving the prestigious award.

Ferndale Record: What has been the biggest challenge for you as a woman in business?

Janelle Bruland: Working in a male-dominated industry like facility management has been a challenge. It sometimes takes more effort for a woman to be taken seriously by her peers. Yet, as time has gone on, the environment for women in this industry has improved. There are a lot more women business owners now and, for the most part, I find that I am welcomed by the men in my industry. We talk about the tough issues that we face and lend support to each other as we work to maintain our businesses.

FR: How have business challenges changed for women since you first started?

JB: Over the years there are more women that have stepped up to meet the challenges of business, and there are more local groups that support women in business like Whatcom Women in Business, and, of course, the WBO. As women see other women who are bold and successful, it prompts them to be courageous as well. You can have it all. You can be a good mother and wife, a strong business leader, and give back to the community. Yet, I have also strived to participate in groups where there is a mix of both genders. Men’s and women’s styles complement each other. Blending the two different styles in leadership groups makes for a stronger, more effective organization.

FR: What advice would you give to women facing the challenges you faced?

JB: It’s important to find that niche where your talents are most effective, where you can give back in a positive way. Follow your passion and you will be good at everything you do. Seek the support of mentors and resources around you. You don’t have to do it alone. Surround yourself with an amazing team. That’s how I’ve done it.

FR: Who provided your greatest inspiration as you worked to build your business?

JB: My parents raised me with a great work ethic and told me to do my best, to use the gifts I’ve been given. My team inspires me every day with their optimism and their tenacity to survive and thrive in this recession.

FR: This award is based in part on entrepreneurial spirit and ethics. How important are these attributes and how do they factor into your business style?

JB: You have to be entrepreneurial to have the guts and passion to build a business. As for ethics, one of our core values is absolute integrity. If you compromise ethics, you end up losing in the long run. If you are using strong ethics, you make the right decisions along the way, which creates opportunities that you would otherwise miss if you took unethical shortcuts.

FR: Do you think it is important for business leaders to be involved in the community?

JB: I was raised to put something in the offering plate every Sunday. It’s been a very special honor to be part of improving our community and helping people who may not have anybody else to turn to. It makes the community a better place for ourselves and for our children. As business leaders, if we can come together as a group, many hands make light work. With our resources, we can have a great effect.

Via Lynden Tribune Lynden woman wins regional award

Women Business Owners Announces 2011 Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year

October 15, 2011

Janelle Bruland, CEO of Management Services Northwest wins prestigious award

SEATTLE – The Women Business Owners (WBO), Puget Sound’s leading organization for women entrepreneurs, has named Janelle Bruland of Management Services Northwest of Ferndale, Washington as the 2011 Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year. The award was announced at a gala awards banquet on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. The Nellie Cashman (‘The Nellie’) recognizes and honors women business owners who have enhanced the status of women entrepreneurs through their vision, perseverance, and fearless, relentless leadership in business and the community.

Candidates for The Nellie were evaluated by an independent panel of four judges based on their entrepreneurial spirit, ethics and community spirit, financial and management skills, and the difficulty and risk they have endured to achieve their success.  “Janelle is an extremely well-rounded, disciplined but very compassionate individual,” said Mary Marino, a principal at LarsonAllen LLP and one of the Nellie judges. “She had the whole package and was strong in every single area.”

Management Services Northwest began as a small janitorial company and had 10 employees when Bruland purchased it in 1995. It has since become a one-call source for complete facilities management, and is a now a regional employer in Washington, Oregon and Idaho with more than 240 employees, and 300 vendor partners.  Bruland oversees all aspects of her company with her principal focus on strategic planning and business development.  She is active both within her industry and within her community. Bruland serves on the board of Building Services Contractor’s Association International (BSCAI), the largest international facilities services trade organization and on the editorial committee for Services Magazine.  She is a board member of Peace Health, St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham and serves on the Community Benefit Committee which provides resources to increase the quality of life for disadvantaged members in the community. Among her recent recognitions are Fastest Growing Private Companies (Inc.  5000 Magazine and Puget Sound Business Journal), and the Washington State Small Business Person of the Year, 2010.

“What set Janelle apart was her acute clarity with the vision of her company, and her financial savvy and fearlessness in terms of growing her company,” said Susan Kaufman, CEO of Serafina and Cicchetti restaurants2010 Nellie winner and 2011 Nellie judge. “Janelle walks the walk more than many in relationship to her core values around community, teamwork and taking care of both her staff and her clients; she is a leader in the truest sense; a woman who listens to her own voice, trusts her decision making, and will not compromise her own life values.  These are not only qualities that Nellie herself would have been proud of, but, in my opinion, are paramount to the success of a business.”

About Women Business Owners

Women Business Owners (http://womenbusinessowners.org/) is Puget Sound’s leading organization for women entrepreneurs. Our mission: to propel resolute women entrepreneurs to embrace their fullest vision of success. Beyond a great business referral network, WBO is a resource for inspiration, education, enduring relationships, and leadership development.

About the WBO Nellie

Since 1982, the Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year Award has recognized and honored Puget Sound area women entrepreneurs who have made outstanding contributions to the status of women business owners through their leadership in business and the community.

The award, also known as the WBO Nellie, is the most prestigious and longest running honor of its kind in the region. Presentation of the award brings together more than 300 prominent local business and community leaders in a professionally organized and hosted awards dinner banquet to share the inspiration of our most prominent women entrepreneurs and business owners.

To qualify a nominee must own at least 51% of the business, gross more than $1million in annual revenue and have three or more employees. Candidates for The Nellie are judged based on their entrepreneurial spirit, ethics and community spirit, financial and management skills, and the difficulty and risk they have endured to achieve their success.

Women Business Owners (WBO) Announces Finalists for 2011 Nellie Cashman Award

October 1, 2011

Five remarkable, inspiring and generous women entrepreneurs vie for the prestigious honor

SEATTLE – The Women Business Owners (WBO), Puget Sound’s leading organization for women entrepreneurs, has named the five finalists in the 2011 Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year Awards Competition (‘The Nellie’). The Nellie recognizes and honors women business owners who have enhanced the status of women entrepreneurs through their vision, perseverance, and fearless leadership in business and the community.  To qualify a nominee must own at least 51% of the business, gross more than $1million in annual revenue and have three or more employees.

Candidates for The Nellie are judged based on their entrepreneurial spirit, ethics and community spirit, financial and management skills, and the difficulty and risk they have endured to achieve their success. The 2011 Nellie winner will be announced at a gala awards banquet on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.  Tickets for the gala are available at:  https://womenbusinessowners.org/doc/nelliecashman_register_open.php

The five finalists for the 2011 Nellie are:

  • Jessica Bishop, StudentPainters.net
  • Rosanna Bowles, Rosanna Imports, Inc.
  • Janelle Bruland, Management Services Northwest
  • LisaChissus, CFM Consolidated, Inc.
  • Rae Anne Rushing, The Rushing Company, LLC

Full bios of the finalists are available at: http://womenbusinessowners.org/doc/nelliecashman.php

Jessica Bishop, CEO, StudentPainters.net

Northwest born and raised, Bishop paid her way through college as a student painter and graduated debt free from the University of Washington in 2000. She went on to immediately start StudentPainters.net  with her own savings.  One of her key motivations in starting the business was so that she could help and teach the same skills to her employees.  She has delivered on that in spades. A proud “mama bear” to her StudentPainters.net family, Bishop has graduated hundreds of young entrepreneurs from the StudentPainters.net management training program.  Today StudentPainters.net includes territories in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

Rosanna Bowles, CEO/Owner, Rosanna Inc.

Bowles is a Northwest-educated, self-made entrepreneur. Marrying her passion for art history and design, Bowles began Rosanna Inc., out of her basement with a home equity loan of $15K. Nearly three decades and millions of dishes later, Bowles has emerged as a global trendsetter in the homewaresindustry and has established her product as an internationally acclaimed brand.  Her designs can be found at Harrods in London, the Bon Marche in Paris, and she has developed proprietary design work for the Metropolitan Opera, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Starbucks Coffee.  The publication of her first book, Coming Home, has established her as a lifestyle expert as well.

Janelle Bruland, CEO and President, Management Services Northwest

Bruland purchased a small janitorial company with 10 employees in 1995. Management Services Northwest has since become a one call source for complete facilities management, and is a now a regional employer in Washington, Oregon and Idaho with more than 240 employees, and 300 vendor partners. Bruland oversees all aspects of her company with her principal focus on strategic planning and business development. She is active within the industry, serving on the board of several facilities services trade organizations and an active community volunteer.  Among her recent awards are Fastest Growing Private Company, Best Places to Work, and the Washington State Small Business Person of the Year.

Lisa Chissus, President and Owner, CFM Consolidated, Inc.

CFM Consolidated, Inc. is a diverse manufacturing business located in Fife, WA. CFM customers are all over the world: including the United States, Canada, Australia, Russia, Dubai, and Tasmania. Chissus has been the president of Cascade Plastics, Flex-a-lite and MariSource for more than 10 years and has just recently taken over sole ownership of all three under the CFM Consolidated umbrella.  Chissus is the third generation of her family in the Flex-a-lite business. She has been recognized as an industry leader in the automotive performance aftermarket, and received her utility patent in both the United States and Canada.

Rae Anne Rushing, President/CEO, Rushing Company

As a teen parent with a small child and only a GED equivalency high school diploma, Rushing entered the University of Washington system through the Equal Opportunity Program (EOP), specifically the Economically Disadvantaged Student Division (EDSD).  Today she leads the Rushing Company, a Seattle-based mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and sustainability consulting firm with 33 professionals.  A born entrepreneur, at age six Rushing was selling her Halloween candy in June. Today she brings that same foresight, energy and passion to every aspect of Rushing. Her primary focus is strategic planning and management of engineering and construction services.

About Women Business Owners

Women Business Owners (http://womenbusinessowners.org/) is Puget Sound’s leading organization for women entrepreneurs. Our mission: to propel resolute women entrepreneurs to embrace their fullest vision of success. Beyond a great business referral network, WBO is a resource for inspiration, education, enduring relationships, and leadership development.

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