SBA Administrator Linda McMahon issued the following statement after the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration for several counties in North Carolina affected by a tornado and severe storms on April 15, 2018:
Stephanie Cox, Elevated Environmental Corp. Selected as One of Triad Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business
Name: Stephanie Cox
Company/title: Elevated Environmental Corp., president
Business address: 1001 NE Market St., Suite B, Reidsville, 27320
From: Buckhannon, West Virginia
Education: Associate’s, science-surgical technology, American National University
Family: Spouse, Justin; son, Caleb
Why selected: A mentor, teacher, colleague and leader, Stephanie Cox has constantly worked on developing the brand from day one for a woman-owned company that manages environmental, demolition, remediation and industrial services. While hiring about 15 full-time employees and several part-time and temporary employees, Cox has worked to certify the company as a minority-owned business. She has directed a five-person sales force to $2 million in sales while simultaneously bolstering sales in smaller markets from zero to $240,000. She chairs the board of the Gate City Community Foundation, which provides soccer opportunities in underserved areas, is working on a partnership to develop a soccer program in Lomé, Togo, and has led Elevated Environmental to earn the Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award from the Reidsville Chamber of Commerce.
A time when someone empowered me and how I grew through that experience: During my surgical internship in college, I had the opportunity to work with some of the top surgeons in the nation. This time empowered me as I gained hands-on experience saving lives as part of the trauma team.
A time when I empowered someone else and how that yielded additional benefits: In hiring a chaplain for my company, I empowered a young man to minister and encourage employees. Providing this guidance and counseling has improved morale and productivity along with establishing a positive work environment.
A lesson learned from a mentor: Delegate tasks and responsibilities.
Advice for women just starting their careers: Faith, family and then career. Surround yourself with people who inspire, motivate and encourage you. And, enjoy yourself — always.
A woman I admire: Mother Teresa: She dedicated her life to helping others.
Three adjectives that describe me: Dedicated, enthusiastic, caring.
Most impactful volunteer activity: North Carolina Baptist Men & Women Disaster Relief.
Something about me that would surprise people: I’m a complete introvert.
Women continue to be vastly underrepresented in boardrooms and C-suites. What is the strongest business case for why that should change? Women bring a different perspective and leadership style to traditional corporate management.
First job as a youth: Babysitter
In hindsight, I wish …: I had taken more business classes.
I aspire still to …: Volunteer on a mission trip abroad.
If I had to choose another career, I would be …: An environmental scientist.
Favorite television show: “Fixer Upper”
Last concert attended: Winter Jam
Name of a song that demonstrates my strength — and makes me want to dance: “Awake & Alive” (Skillet)
Hobbies: Beach, camping, hiking.
Most adventurous thing I’ve ever done: Mount Mitchell in the winter.