On May 4 at the Hotel Irvine in Orange County, California, over 900 attendees gathered at the Business Journal’s 22nd Annual Women in Business Awards to celebrate the 2016 honorees. Among the five honorees was President and CEO of Earth Friendly Products, Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks.
The nomination process by the Orange County Business Journal expects that each candidate for the Women in Business award must pass the criteria of having made significant contributions to their organizations, their professions and the Orange County community.
Mrs. Vlahakis-Hanks was recognized as an honoree not only because of her outstanding leadership, but also because she has proven herself as an important and influential voice in corporate and social responsibility. Her company, Earth Friendly Products, is a model for green business practices. It has won several awards for its commitment to making environmentally friendly cleaning products made with plant-based ingredients, including the U.S. EPA’s coveted Safer Choice Partner of the Year award.
Under the Greek-American CEO’s leadership Earth Friendly Products has developed and maintained exceptional products, facilities and employment practices. Continuing her dedication to safer green chemistry, she also sits on several boards, including Grades of Green, the American Sustainable Business Council and the Environmental Media Association. Also, since 2013 Earth Friendly Products has maintained running its five manufacturing plants on 100% renewable electricity, and are all located in the USA.