PITTSBURGH, PA – Louisa Long Jaffe, a 28-year career Army Reservist and a former Pentagon Public Affairs officer turned CEO of her own multimillion-dollar company, Technical and Project Engineering, LLC (TAPE), has been named the First Annual Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year® by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), in partnership with JPMorgan Chase. The Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year® is an expansion of NaVOBA’s prestigious Vetrepreneur of the Year® award program, which honors only the finest role models the veteran-owned business movement has to offer.
The Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year award honors veterans who have utilized their military experience and training to establish successful entrepreneurial pursuits ranging from small businesses to large, multimillion-dollar operations.
TAPE, headquartered in Alexandria, Va., is a $25 million company with 200 employees. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013, the company employs 55 veterans, which is about 30 percent of its entire employee population. The company works with government agencies and its core competencies include management solutions; modeling, simulation, and training; research, development, and testing; and IT and cyber security.
“I am very honored and thrilled to be recognized as a woman vet in business. I’m especially happy to have an opportunity to encourage other female vets to go into business for themselves,” said Louisa Long Jaffe, a 28-year Army Reservist, who has enjoyed a robust and multi-faceted career in the Pentagon as a media relations and public affairs officer. For more than 12 years, Ms. Long Jaffe worked for the Secretary of the Army Public Affairs Office, providing support for the Army Materiel Command; the U.S. Readiness Command; TRADOC; the Army CIO; and the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence. In addition, she also held the position of media spokesperson for the Army Senior Leadership and as a reservist. She eventually gained over 30 years of experience in business ownership and management, public relations, marketing and information technology.
To learn more about Ms. Long Jaffe visit the NaVOBA website. NaVOBA and JPMorgan Chase & Co. will honor Long Jaffe and other women vetrepreneurs at a special reception to be held June 23, 2014, at the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) National Conference and Business Fair in Philadelphia, Pa.
The Annual Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year® is the first in a series of new awards the organization will bestow this year. Later this year, NaVOBA will also award the Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year® (September), the Minority Vetrepreneur of the Year® (October), and the 2014 Vetrepreneur of the Year® (November).
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About The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA)
NaVOBA unites the nation’s more than 3 million businesses owned by military veterans by providing a single voice to advocate for important issues. For more information visit us on the web at http://www.navoba.com, or follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @navoba.
About JPMorgan Chase & Co.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations worldwide. The firm is a leader in investment banking; financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management and private equity. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at http://www.jpmorganchase.com.
For further information or to arrange interviews contact:
Barbara Pflughaupt, BP Media Relations, LLC, for NaVOBA at 212-707-8181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.