Janice Leone: Small Business Person of the Year AwardCorporate InteriorsCorporate Overview
Named 2000 Small Businessperson of the YearBusiness Bridge NCC Chamber of Commerce
May 2000Janice K. Leone, president and principal of Corporate Interiors, has been named the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce's 2000 Small Businessperson of the Year.Leone
will receive this prestigious award at the Chamber's
annual Small Business Awards Dinner on Wednesday, May 17, 2000.
The shape and the progression of Corporate Interiors
has been fostered and guided by Leone's expertise in workplace environments.She
believes that the strategic essence of the company has been transforming office workplaces into more agile "tools" to better support organizational change.Leone
has organizationally designed Corporate Interiors
to have the diversity or range of product solutions and service profile to accommodate the productivity, technologies, cost of ownership and work process challenges so notably present in today's Corporate America.
In the stewardship role at Corporate Interiors
has devoted her
time and focus to "listening to the marketplace" and understanding the strategic business direction of the clients her
company serves.Through this understanding, Leone
has found that Corporate Interiors
can best blend the appropriate workplace environments that will assist its clients to grow and prosper
Associate development and the creation of Corporate Interiors's
strategic path into the 21st Century have been a passion in Leone's executive role.The organization has prospered since its new beginning some five years ago, experiencing rapid revenue growth from approximately $6.5 million in sales in I994 to $50 million in 1999.The company's "collective gene pool" has become not only larger in size (170 associates from 18) but also diverse, experienced and of a higher caliber.Leone
believes that optimum performance stems from associate satisfaction and expressed respect for achieved accomplishments.Marching bands, cheerleaders, canoe trips, BMW races, Disney Institutes workshops and Wharton/Harvard management courses are just some of the learning/recognition platforms that make her
organization unique and unpredictable.Leone
actively pursues the maxim that "we want to stimulate the human spirit to ensure that excellence is achievable."
According to Leone
, the guiding principle within the Advance Services Group
is to "ensure better yield out of current assets."To that extent, Leone
has designed and developed a service profile that is the envy of the tri-state area.Primary services ranging from delivery, installation and reconfiguration to storage/asset management, refurbishment activities and office relocation are the backbone of Corporate Interiors
and the reason clients trust an organization that focuses on longevity rather than short-term gain.Leone graduated with honors from West Chester University.She
has received additional training in human resource management and leadership skills from Harvard University
.Prior to her tenure as principal of Corporate Interiors, Leone held senior management and consultant positions with RJR Nabisco and Steelcase.In addition to being a member of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, Leone is an active member of The Committee of 100, CIRC Lad the Forum of Executive Women.She is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society.