CEO of the Year 2020


Elizabeth Banker - Shore Solutions, Inc.


  Winner: Rising Star

Elizabeth has been CEO and president of Shore Solutions for four years. Shore Solutions provides military equipment, services, procurement support, logistics and supply chain solutions for federal, state and local agencies nationwide. Elizabeth became a first-time CEO at age 29, when she bought the business. She led the company to its first profitable year in 2016, while also giving birth to her first child on her own 30th birthday. In 2017, she led the company to record revenues, employee count and profitability, despite a crisis where access to the company’s main sales channel was lost for nearly five months due to third-party technical issues and delays. As a result of this, she won the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2017 Anthony Vigil Award for company growth despite adversity. Shore Solutions received numerous awards in 2019, including veteran owned small business of the year by the SBA. Elizabeth supports the community by hosting campaigns to feed the homeless and also hosts the “Giving Back” campaigns to help veteran and active duty families in need during the Christmas season. Elizabeth also has served numerous times as a panelist to provide business advice and motivation to young entrepreneurs through the SBA, and is active sharing her entrepreneur story with the veteran community of San Diego.