PROGRESSIVE ENTREPRENEUR HONOREES Smart Women 2016

Cross Continental Freight Lines Inc.

Heidi M. Bojar
President and CEO

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neo_sw_HeidiBojar_0416Heidi M. Bojar is a pioneer in the transportation industry as president and CEO at Cross Continental Freight Lines Inc. When she was an accounting manager for a transportation brokerage prior to opening Cross Continental, she had her own dreams and aspirations. Her eagerness to contribute monetarily to her previous company and help it expand when that company’s president and CEO was seeking investors was a risk she was willing to take.

When her efforts were shot down by the phrase, “No thanks, this is a man’s world,” it crushed her. After hearing this from her former boss — a male — Bojar decided to take her own dreams and aspirations and make a drastic change in a world dominated by men.

After careful consideration, she decided to start her own transportation brokerage. While this took time, understanding and research, Bojar realized it was time to pursue her own path. She opened Cross Continental within months of her prior boss’s refusal to partner with her.

After the company opened and she got negative feedback because the company was in the hands of a woman, she was even more driven to make it work.

The company is now flourishing.

Bojar is an exemplary boss who can be counted on for her knowledge and insight into the industry. She brings hard work, dedication, long hours and countless days of blood, sweat and tears to her work.

Bojar has taken a negative and turned it into an opportunity for personal growth and a successful business.

Asurint

Connie Clore
Co-founder and COO

www.asurint.com

neo_sw_ConnieClore_Asurint_As co-founder and COO at Asurint, Connie Clore has created a successful, high-growth company with a culture focused on problem-solving, strategic thinking and advocating advancement for women. She is a dynamic and engaged leader who loves to bring out the best in her employees. She values innovation, humor, integrity and problem-solving in herself and her team.

Clore was previously the director of operations at Insurance Information Exchange, a risk assessment company and division of Verisk Analytics where she developed and maintained the nation’s second-largest motor vehicle records reporting platform.

She brings over 25 years of management and consulting experience to her role with expertise in operations, compliance and in evaluating business needs and designing strategic high-quality solutions to complex challenges. She understands the complexities of background screening, how technology and innovative solutions are necessary for the best results and that the client experience is the best “angle” for discovery.

Clore is an elected member of the Industry Advisory Board of American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. She also values community involvement and currently serves on the boards of The First Tee of Cleveland, and YWCA of Cleveland and is a member of In Counsel with Women.

Clore and her team at Asurint have spent the last 10 years perfecting the background screening process based on years of experience and frustrations with existing processes and technology.  As a result, Asurint has experienced 132 percent revenue increase over the last three years and has recently moved to a new downtown facility to accommodate employee growth.

Creations by C & C

Dominique Moceanu
Founder, designer and executive manager

www.creationsbycandc.com

neo_sw_DominiqueMoceanu_041Dominique Moceanu has never let youth stand in her way. As the daughter of Romanian immigrants who fled a communist regime, Moceanu soon became an accomplished athlete beyond her years as her family started a new life in the U.S. In 1996, at the age of 14, she was the youngest member of the gold medal-winning U.S. women’s gymnastics team at the Summer Olympics.

These days, Moceanu is putting her business sense and entrepreneurial spirit to good use as founder of Creations by C & C, a custom jewelry company where she serves as executive manager and jewelry designer.

As a mother, wife, business owner, author, Olympic gold medalist and motivational speaker, Moceanu’s unique life, accomplishments, actions and leadership inspire anyone who have ever dared to dream of a better life in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Moceanu has made numerous contributions to the Northeast Ohio area.

She served as an ambassador and spokesperson during the International Children’s Games when they took place in Cleveland in 2004, and graduated from John Carroll University in 2009 with a degree in business. Her college diploma carried additional meaning as Moceanu became the first college graduate in her family.

She is proud of her charitable efforts with Wigs for Kids, which is an organization that reaches out to kids and young adults with hair loss from cancer treatments, alopecia, lupus, hydrocephalus, burns and other disorders; and The City Mission which has been serving the hurting, the hungry and homeless of Cleveland for more than 100 years.