Recognition Comes on the Heels of Company Founder & CEO Kathy Gendel Receiving CEO Report's 2018 Mid-Atlantic Women's Leadership Award

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Gendel Girls™, the family behind Breezies®, QVC®’s largest intimate apparel brand, took home awards in two categories last week at the 15th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business ceremony in New York City. Company Founder and CEO Kathy Gendel was recognized individually as a Bronze Stevie Award winner in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year - Consumer Products -10 or Less Employees category, while the company was recognized with a Bronze Stevie Award in the Company of the Year - Consumer Products - 10 or Less Employees category.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run– worldwide.  The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards. This year’s Stevie Awards for Women in Business event took place in New York City on Friday, November 16, where women executives and entrepreneurs from across the U.S.A and several other countries gathered to be honored.

“We were thrilled to be considered for this award alongside such amazing female leaders and entrepreneurs,” said Kathy Gendel. “This award speaks volumes to the blood, sweat and tears we’ve put into the business both in the last year and over the last 24 years. It’s not always an easy road, but we continue to push forward – creating new and innovative products for our customers and working to further shape Breezies into a go-to intimates brand. It’s recognition like this that makes all the hard work worth it.”

More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Company of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women Run Workplace of the Year. Finalists were determined by the average scores of more than 200 business professionals around the world, working on five juries. Their scores determined the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award placements that were revealed at the annual awards dinner and presentations.

This recognition comes on the heels of another award win for the company and its Founder. Kathy Gendel was selected as a winner of CEO Report's 2018 Mid-Atlantic Women's Leadership Award and was honored at an awards gala in October 2018. Each of these recent wins point to the extraordinary success and momentum the company has seen over the last year. Just this year, Breezies introduced five multi-million-dollar bra silhouettes and continues to beat its own sales records with each launch. Additional product launches scheduled through the end of the year and the beginning of 2019 aim to continue The Gendel Girls’ momentum.

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at

About The Gendel Girls
Kathy Gendel and her husband Craig left corporate jobs to start a lingerie business in 1994. After a lot of perseverance and a lucky encounter on Madison Avenue, they found a home at QVC, where The Gendel Girls’™ patented performance fabric, UltimAir®, has made Breezies® the largest intimate apparel brand on the network. Based outside Philadelphia and operating on a family farm, The Gendel Girls are first and foremost a family business with Kathy, the CEO, at the helm and her three daughters: Kalina Gendel, Chief Operating Officer, and Laurissa Gendel, President, in tandem leadership, and Catherine Gendel, VP of Creative Marketing. One of only a handful of on-air family personalities in the entire home-shopping genre, The Gendel Girls have been a mainstay on QVC for 23 years with an average annual growth increase of 22.5%. During that time, they have sold millions of bras and panties worldwide. For more information, please visit

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About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

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Christine Perez-O’Rourke
DiGennaro Communications