Trainer Communications' CEO Susan Thomas Named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year

Women's Initiative, a Bay Area Non-Profit for Female Entrepreneurs, Announces Winners of 2010 Competition

Pleasanton, California, UNITED STATES

PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire - September 7, 2010) -  Trainer Communications, a full-service public relations, integrated marketing and social media agency servicing the enterprise and consumer technology sectors, today announced that Susan Thomas, the agency's CEO and founder, was named the 2010 Women's Initiative Woman Entrepreneur of the Year for Pleasanton, California. Selected from a pool of nearly 600, Thomas is being honored for her leadership and positive contributions to the community, as well as her ability to advance her business through strategic and technological innovations.

"I'm honored to be recognized as a leader in the business community by this prestigious organization," said Thomas. "When I founded Trainer Communications in 1995, I intended to do things differently by leveraging only accountable strategists that could execute customized campaigns that exceeded clients' expectations. That strategy has worked well for Trainer and its clients over the past 15 years, and I'm humbled to be included in this group of distinguished female executives."

Thomas will join other award winners on October 4 at the Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley to receive her award. Women's Initiative will recognize Susan and her fellow winners for contributing jobs and economic revitalization to their communities. In fact, recent research from Women's Initiative shows that the award recipients created more than 2200 jobs in 2009 alone. 

Thomas, who has received several other awards over her 20+ year career, established Trainer Communications in 1995 to support some of the most prominent emerging technology companies with cutting-edge marketing communications services. Since that time, the agency has become the seventh largest privately held communications agency in the greater Bay Area and has been named "PR Agency of the Year" by Bulldog Reporter for 2010. Trainer Communications has played an integral role in generating high-profile publicity for more than 200 companies, including Brocade, Comcast, CrossWorlds, Data Domain, FishNet, G-Log, Nimsoft (a CA Technologies company), Sygate, and Trigo.

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About Women's Initiative
For more than 22 years, Women's Initiative for Self Employment has been providing low-income, high potential women with the business training, funding and ongoing support to start their own business and becoming financially independent. The women who go through our training significantly increase their income and assets while launching businesses, creating jobs and stimulating the local economy.

About Trainer Communications
Trainer Communications is the premier provider of integrated marketing and high-tech public relations services. Specializing in technology, the agency offers deep domain expertise across data infrastructure, information security, optical and wireless communications, enterprise software, networking, and consumer industries. Trainer represents emerging and high-growth technology companies that lack the market recognition and visibility needed to meet business objectives and is the only agency that guarantees quantifiable results with its Metrics Matter™ methodology. Established in 1995, Trainer has represented more than 200 companies, including one-third that resulted in a positive liquidity event. Based in Silicon Valley with nationwide coverage, the agency has received numerous awards, including the 2010 Bulldog Award for Best Small Agency of the Year and Best PR Campaign Under $100K, a 2010 PRSA Silver Anvil Award for Best Consumer Campaign, the 2009 and 2008 MarCom Gold Award for Best Publicity Campaign, the 2009 Iron Sabre Award for Best Agency to Work For, two 2009 National Videographer Awards, the 2008 Bulldog Award for PR Innovation of the Year, and the 2008 Iron Sabre Certificate of Excellence for Product of the Year. For more information, visit

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