Congratulations to this year’s Debin Benish Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year Award recipient Nancy Fay! Two years ago, I was honored to be recognized as the 2013 Debin Benish Award recipient and I’m proud to stand next to strong women in our community, like Fay, Kim Trabue and Anne Williams, among others.
Benish started Delta Systems Group in 1986, during “a time when women weren’t encouraged to venture out on their own,” let alone in the field of technology, according to the Women’s Network website.
Benish was also actively involved in the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Women’s Network, in addition to assisting countless charities and nonprofits. When Benish passed away from her battle with cancer, Steve Powell purchased Delta systems in 2005.
Benish’s legacy of giving lives on in the Debin Benish Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year Award, made possible with the support of Powell and Benish’s husband, Dave Benish. The award identifies women who exhibit leadership in support of small businesses, actively volunteer in the community and act as mentors to other business women, in addition to owning or being employed by a Chamber-member business.