Eduardo Palacios

Title: 1) Runner 2) Owner

Company: 1) Sierra Title of Hidalgo County Inc. 2) Like New Furniture Restoration by Martin Palacios

Location: McAllen, TX

Career History: Owner, Like New Furniture Restoration by Martin Palacios 2019-Present;

Runner, Sierra Title of Hidalgo County Inc., 1995-2010, 2016-Present;

Part-time Runner, Sierra Title of Hidalgo County Inc., 1993-1995

Eduardo Palacios, Runner at the Sierra Title of Hidalgo County Inc. and Owner of Like New Furniture Restoration by Martin Palacios, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in their fields.

Mr. Palacios started working in 1993 as a part-time runner with Sierra Title of Hidalgo County Inc. In 1995, he officially became a full-time runner with the same company. In 2010, he was laid off and was rehired in his position six years later. Furthermore, he is also passionate and skilled about woodwork and restoring furniture which led him to start his own restoring furniture business in 2019. Mr. Palacios considers one of his greatest achievements to be restoring an old piece of furniture for a client which belonged to her grandfather. He repaired the doors, repainted, and finished it with a black stain. The client was very impressed by it.

With his furniture restoration and woodworking business, Mr. Palacios demonstrates his abilities in building small cabinets and tables. As a labor of love, he puts in these hours after his full-time position and on weekends. Mr. Palacios attributes his success to his outgoing personality and ability to build rapport with others. He is guided by the mantra to treat others the way he would like to be treated. Furthermore, he is inspired in his work by his mother, who was a single parent and raised eight children. He lost his father when he was eight years old. His father instilled in him the values of honesty and hard work in order to accomplish his goals in life.

Looking toward the future, Mr. Palacios hopes to grow and expand the business and continue his work as a runner for Sierra Title of Hidalgo County Inc. In 2000, he was honored to receive the Employee of the Year Award from Sierra Title of Hidalgo County Inc. Outside of his career, Mr. Palacios supports community benefit activities and organizations.

Crystalle Michelle Cotton

Crystalle Cotton

Crystalle CottonTitle: Personal Banker

Company: Academy Bank

Location: St. Louis, MO

Education: BS in Management Information Systems, Peter Kiewit Institute, College of Information Science and Technology, University of Nebraska at Omaha (2004)

Career History: Personal Banker, Academy Bank (2021-Present); Team Associate, Walmart (2019-2021); Personal Business Center Cashier, Walmart (2017-2019); Cashier, Walmart (2016-2017); Computer Lab Assistant, Hope Recovery Center (2010-2014)

Crystalle Cotton, Personal Banker at Academy Bank, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of customer service.

Ms. Cotton was inspired by her mechanic friend to learn more about computers. She carried out this interest in her academic pursuits, receiving a Bachelor of Science in management information systems at the Peter Kiewit Institute at the College of Information Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2004. While matriculating in college, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Though this was difficult to learn, it fueled her to remain strong and depend on her faith in God. She was also supported through this by family.

Throughout all of her endeavors thus far, the highlight of Ms. Cotton’s career has been her affiliation with the International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Phi. In addition, she is a member of the International Society for Female Professionals, Black Women in Computing and the Independence Center/Virtual Clubhouse Group. She is looking forward to growing within her new role at Academy Bank.

Rebecca Newcombe

Rebecca Newcombe

Rebecca NewcombeTitle: Owner

Company: Becky’s Best Sewing Machines

Location: Houghton Lake, Michigan, United States

Education: High School Diploma, 1994

Career History: Owner, Becky’s Best Sewing Machines, 2019-Present;

All Sew, Michigan, 1998-2019

Type of Business: Sales

Rebecca Newcombe, Owner of Becky’s Best Sewing Machines, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of retail.

Ms. Newcombe is an expert in all things related to sewing machines, from selling and teaching classes. She is well-versed in finding the perfect sewing machine for any budget, with some of the most high-end machines ranging up to $20,000. The technology in these machines includes complete computerization and embroidery capabilities. She boasts more than two decades of experience in this business and attributes her present-day success to Patricia Wallace for teaching her all she knows and for guiding her to where she is today.

Ms. Newcombe became involved in her profession after high school, where she was looking for work and saw an ad for sewing. She went to the place of the ad and the company opened the doors for her to take sewing classes in Brother, Baby Lock, Husqvarna Vikings, Janome Elna, Pfaff, Singer, White, as well as others that resulted in sewing certifications. Patricia Wallace was also a great inspiration for Ms. Newcombe to get deeply involved in the field. In 2019, she launched her latest endeavor with Becky’s Best Sewing Machines. Prior to that, she served from 1998 to 2019 with All Sew.

Always committed to giving back to her community, Ms. Newcombe has been instrumental in providing masks to essential works during the Covid-19 pandemic. As the owner of her business, Ms. Newcombe excels in numerous areas of expertise. She teaches people how to use their products whether they bought it from her or from somewhere else. She is able to troubleshoot and provide minor repairs, all while doing the paperwork and ensuring her customers are happy. Her hard work and abilities have been recognized in a Featured on a PBS segment about her sewing, sewing machines, and what she can do, as well as a 2020 resolution in her honor by the Roscommon Township Board.

April Sabral

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April SabralTitle: 1) CEO/Founder 2) Co-Founder 3) Founder

Company: 1) Retailu 2) Allyship Today 3) Hospitalityu

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Education: Exhibition and Interior Design, Northwich College, UK, 1990-1992

Career History: CEO/Founder, Retailu, 2018-present;

Co-Founder, Allyship Today, 2020-present;

Founder, Hospitalityu, 2020-present;

VP of Global Retail Sales & Operations, Canada & USA, DAVIDsTEA, 2019-2019;

National Director Retail Sales, Canada, DAVIDsTEA, 2017-2019;

Founder/President, Retailu, 2018-present

Regional Director, Retail Sales & Operations Eastern Canada, DAVIDsTEA, Owner, 2015-2018;

Director Of Sales & Operations hr2, Holt Renfrew, 2013-2015;

Director of Sales, Laura Canada, 2012-2013;

Regional Manager, Laura Canada, 2010-2012;

People Manager-Recruiting, Apple Retail, 2010-2010;

Regional Sales Manager, Laura Canada, 2008-2010;

General Manager Florida (Dadeland)/Canada (Yorkdale), Gap Inc./ Banana Republic, 2003-2008;

Store Manager UK transferred to Florida US, Starbucks, 1997-2002;

Merchandising Manager- Associate store manager, Gap Inc., 1993-1997

April Sabral, CEO/Founder at Retalu, Co-Founder of Allyship Today, and Founder of Hospitalityu, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of online learning in the hospitality industry.

With more than 25 years of retail management experience, Ms. Sabral is an expert in what it takes to envision change and succeed in growth. At the forefront of her beliefs, she understands that behind every successful business is the people leading and operating. In recent years, she has seen professional growth in the launch of several business ventures and the publication of her book, “The Positive Effect.” In 2018, she founded and has served as the president of retailu, a service that creates and provides retail specific leadership e-learning and live workshops for mid-size retailers. In 2020, she founded Hospitalityu, which is focused on creating and providing quality and relevant online learning. Ms. Sabral also co-founded AllyshipToday in 2020, a venture devoted to enable individuals, leaders, and organizations to measure, understand, and work towards eliminating conscious or unconscious biases.

Prior to these professional endeavors, Ms. Sabral garnered experience in management roles with DavidsTea, Holt Renfrew, Laura Canada, Gap Inc., Apple Retail and Starbucks. She holds certifications as among the World Association Business Coaches with Shift Coaching Inc., and holds the John C. Maxwell coaching and facilitation certificate. Her work has been recognized on numerous occasions and some noteworthy achievements include receiving the WOW Award for Customer Service at DavidsTea in 2017 and 2018, Team Achievement Awards in Sales from Laura Canada and being the Regional Manager of the Year at Laura Canada in 2008. Looking toward the future, she sees herself helping more people create a better work environment, leading in terms of retail as a good career choice and improving the industry and teaching leadership.



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Marlene E. Ferguson

Marlene Ferguson

Title: CEO

Company: Panther

Location: Bristol, Connecticut, United States

Career History: CEO, Panther Swag LLC, 2018-present;

Marlene’s Beauty, 2017-2018

Marlene Ferguson, CEO of Panther, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of men and women’s fashion.

Ms. Ferguson knew firsthand the power looking and feeling good could have on an individual. It’s one of the main reasons that she fell in love with fashion, and with her current men and women’s fashion line, Panther,  she sees the positive effect her clothing has on her customer’s lives. With a background in fashion and software design, she married her skills to launch her business venture in 2018. Prior to that, she owned and operated Marlene’s Beauty, which focused on women’s clothing but felt rebranding to Panther was a stronger fit to also cater to menswear.

Ms. Ferguson considers her most notable achievement to not giving up. When things don’t work out as planned she is able to address the issues and find solutions. She always set goals for herself. In all facets of her life, Ms. Ferguson is a driven and committed person. She is a single mother who did everything for herself. She brings perseverance, persistence, and determination to every task at hand. When not working hard, she spends a lot of time reading books, learning, and imagining new designs to continue impressing her clientele.

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