March 19, 2009
A Columbus woman has been named to the Mississippi Business Journal''s prestigious Top 40 Under 40 list of outstanding professionals.
The sales and marketing director for Triangle Maintenance Service, LLC, Karen Stanley, 31, was recognized as one of the state''s top up-and-coming business leaders under the age of 40.
"It was an honor to receive this award," Stanley said. "I was nominated by a past recipient and that meant the world to me, just to be nominated. I really did not think I had a chance to get the award."
Recipients of the award were honored during a Jan. 14 reception at the Mississippi Business and Technology Expo.
"Standing in the room in Jackson and meeting the other recipients was very humbling," she recalled. "These people were amazing and I was thrilled the judges felt I was worthy to accept this award, with this group of people."
Stanley, who moved to Columbus about 12 years ago, recently celebrated her 13th wedding anniversary with her husband, Steven.
They have two children, Aiden Rivers and Logan Piers.
She has stayed active in volunteer and civic work for the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Greater Starkville Development Partnership and other organizations.
"The things I have done outside of my job have helped me truly find out who I am in giving back to others," Stanley said. "I love being involved in this community I call home, now. Columbus is home and Steven and I are proud to call it that and to be raising our families in such a wonderful city. I can''t think of a better way to say thank you to the community you live in, than by finding a way to give back and make the city a richer place to live for the residents and visitors we welcome to the Friendly City every day."
Stanley studied communications at the University of South Alabama and business administration at Mississippi University for Women.
She previously served as marketing director for The Eat With Us Group, before joining Triangle Maintenance Service, LLC.
"I love what I do for a job now," she said. "It is like combining the giving back I have been doing for so many years, in my personal time, with my professional life now. Triangle Maintenance Service owners and employees are a joy to work with every day. (Owner) Scott Hannon truly believes in this community and I am honored to help him continue the recycling efforts he put in place, almost three years ago, and grow them to a new level. We are ''greening'' the Golden Triangle one business at a time."
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