The Judging Process
This year’s panel was comprised of five women in the restoration industry, including myself. You can “meet” the other judges below.
The judging process itself closely mirrored last year’s process where each entry was scored on a rubric, and totals added together from each judge to determine overall winners.
The categories on the scoring sheet were: thoroughness of the entry, supporting documentation, the woman’s journey and experience to reach where she is today, her job growth and potential for future reach and influence in the industry, her worthiness of being recognized, and her industry certifications and awards. Some of the categories, such as job growth/future reach and worthiness of recognition carried higher values on the scoring sheet than other less important criteria, like supporting documentation.
Meet the Judges
Jocelyn Dornfeld is the Owner of Three65 Marketing, an online digital marketing company exclusively working with restoration and construction companies specializing in websites, SEO, blogging, and social media management. Her background experience includes over 10 years of managing construction and restoration companies. She is the mastermind behind the Restoring Kindness® movement created for A&J Specialty Services, Inc. DKI. Jocelyn also currently co-chairs for the Restoration Industry Association's (RIA) Young Professional Restorers' Committee (YPRC).
Julia (Barbara) Caron was born and raised in the Durham region of Ontario and still calls it home. In 2003, she and her husband opened up Winmar Durham, a restoration company dedicated to helping people with disaster relief and cleanup. Together, Luc and Julia have built a very successful business in Durham and in Port Hope. Julia is known for her no-nonsense approach to business and life. While building their business, Julia spent time networking and assisting other women to grow their businesses as well by running a local Women in Business luncheon monthly. Julia participates in her community by attending charity events, donating as much as she can and rolling up her sleeves to join right in.
Ashlee Carpentier, Vice President, Complete DKI. In 2010, she married her best friend, graduated from the University of West Florida and entered into the restoration industry. In 2012, the couple started Complete DKI and in 2016 purchased and started 1-800-Packouts of the Gulf Coast. Today, Complete DKI has four locations, and 1-800-Packouts is running strong. Ashlee serves as PR Chair for NAIOP, Board President for the Red Cross of NWFL and president of a local claims association. She loves the restoration industry and truly believes in Complete DKI’s core values of ownership, professionalism, teamwork, excellence, and heart.
Susan Pinto’s Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership proved very useful in the business world as she migrated from an elementary school teacher to president of Wonder Makers Environmental alongside her husband, Michael Pinto. For nearly 30 years, she has focused on the business aspects of the company including personnel management, customer service, distributor relations, marketing, and financial management. Wonder Makers has a mission of serving God and society by helping people solve environmental, health, and safety problems and Susan works with each client with unparalleled kindness and integrity.