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Sharon Avent to be honored

Sharon Hoffman Avent, president and CEO of Smead Manufacturing Company, headquartered in Hastings, will receive the 25th Anniversary Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year Award from the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) at the organization's 25th anniversary conference Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Chicago.

Avent joined the family-owned firm - a privately held, award-winning leader in office filing products and records management solutions - in 1965 and held a wide variety of roles throughout the years. In 1998 she was named president and CEO, succeeding her mother as the third generation of the Hoffman family to lead the company.

For more than 100 years, Smead Manufacturing has brought a spirit of innovation and integrity to keeping businesses and home offices organized. ?Smead is recognized as one of the largest privately-held and women-owned companies in the country.

A recipient of numerous awards and accolades for her business acumen and philanthropic efforts, Avent was the first woman to be presented with the Spirit of Life Award given by the National Office Products Council for the City of Hope, a world-renowned cancer research and treatment facility in California. That award was presented in 2003.

She will accept her award at the 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame awards luncheon.