|Jo Ann Williams|
March is Women's History Month, and CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. are celebrating by recognizing one female CruiseOne franchise owner and one female Cruises Inc. independent vacation specialist with the Opal Award for Women.
The company has named Karen Coleman-Ostrov and Jo Ann Williams the 2016 recipients of the award.
The award recognizes a female franchise owner and independent vacation specialist who demonstrate outstanding performance and leadership. The honoree is active in community and civic organizations, is among CruiseOne and Cruises Inc.’s top selling agents and has exhibited strong business skills. Coleman-Ostrov and Williams will each receive three months of waived fees and a $100 gift certificate.
A resident of Gilbert, AZ, Coleman-Ostrov has been a CruiseOne franchise owner for five years and embodies the spirit of the Opal Award and Women’s History Month through her involvement with the women-only networking groups Women’s Success Referral Group and Female Empowered Networking, both of which work to empower and support local businesswomen, as well as partners with regional charities to improve the community. In addition, she has aligned herself with CruiseOne’s signature charity Make-A-Wish, by donating her previous car to the organization’s Wheels for Wishes initiative.
Williams has been a Cruises Inc. vacation specialist in Manassas, VA, for five years and has made helping underprivileged children a personal and business mission. She volunteers for the Main Street Development Center, which provides childcare for low-income families; Feed My Starving Children Organization, which sends hand-packed meals to malnourished children around the world; and on a recent cruise donated school supplies to children in the Bahamas through a partnership with The Sandals Foundation, the non-profit arm of Sandals Resorts International, as part of Pack for a Purpose.