Aronberg Goldgehn’s Women’s Initiative Honors Businesswoman Rowena Zimmers With Its 2017 Inspiration Award
Women executives and professionals turned out to honor Rowena Zimmers, Founder and President of ALE Solutions and ALECares, at the 2nd Annual Inspiration Award Luncheon hosted by the Aronberg Goldgehn Women’s Initiative. The luncheon was held on October 12, 2017, at River Roast restaurant in Chicago.
The Inspiration Award recognizes and honors extraordinary women who have achieved professional excellence and who are inspirational leaders in their industry because of their ambition, tenacity and resolve.
In presenting the Award, Luncheon Co-Chair and Aronberg Goldgehn Member Mary V. Hays noted that Zimmers, an immigrant from the Philippines, founded her company from the basement of her home in 2001 and grew it from a two-person operation to almost 400 people today.
Based in St. Charles, Ill., ALE Solutions partners with insurance companies across the country to provide immediate temporary housing solutions to families displaced from their homes due to a major property loss – the result of a fire, water or wind damage. Under Rowena’s leadership, ALE Solutions has been instrumental in providing housing following every major natural disaster in the United States, including recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the currently raging wildfires in California.
In an inspiring acceptance speech, Zimmers told her story and how she learned at a young age that hard work, passion and commitment lead to success. “My mom paved the way for our family to realize the ‘American Dream’,” Zimmers recounted. “I was only two when she left behind my dad and her four children and immigrated to the United States from the Philippines in search of a better opportunity for us.
“My mom juggled two, sometimes three, nursing jobs. And after five years, her dream finally came true. She became a U.S. citizen and had saved enough money to bring all of us to this country,” said Zimmers.
In 2001, Zimmers realized her own dream by founding ALE Solutions while also caring for her own family, including three young sons. In addition to the company, she also started the nonprofit ALECares, which provides assistance to uninsured or underinsured families who lack the funds to be placed in temporary housing after a disaster.
At the conclusion of her acceptance speech, Zimmers shared the video highlights from the May 2017 celebrity-filled Golf.Give.Gala, an event she created and chaired, which raises funds for the foundations of Jason Day and Michael Phelps. She first connected with Day and Phelps at the Jason Day’s Charity Golf outing in October 2016, after which she proposed the idea of the Golf.Give.Gala to their respective foundations. ALE Solutions will be the title sponsor for the 2nd Annual Golf.Give.Gala in May 2018.
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