Each ABWA member has the opportunity to recognize a key individual who has supported this chapter, women in business, and local charities. 

Congratulations to Denise Hillis, the 2010 Business Associate of the Year!

Denise Hillis, owner of Hillis Graphics, has been a member of the Emerald Coast Chapter of ABWA for just under two years, but she has given her all from the moment she became involved. She immediately took over design and oversight of the monthly newsletter. She continues to improve its layout and design, while constantly encouraging the women in innovative ways to READ and forward the newsletter since it is packed full of great information about our Chapter, its upcoming events, and our members. Denise also ensured the success of the Chapter’s annual Boat Poker Run by getting sponsors, and helping with the photo booth. She also designed the Chapter’s postcards, secured reduced price printing of the postcards, and printed the Chapter directory.

Denise is also a member of the Gulf Coast Trade Exchange and Destin NET. She is involved in Destin Net’s bi-annual charity fundraiser by providing support for their postcards, advertising and fundraising at the event. She has assisted with advertising of the $2 Sale, a fundraiser for Head Start Arts and Music.

Denise is a consummate networker and provides guidance and mentoring to other business women on how to improve those skills, both formally and informally. She diligently encourages her clients, friends, associates and others to use the business women in her “network.” 

She is the ultimate cheerleader for ABWA and the women involved in the Emerald Coast Chapter!


Other Business Associates:



American Business Women's Association
Emerald Coast Chapter #1579
P.O. Box 731 
Fort Walton Beach, FL  32549 
Hotline: 850-864-7697