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Co-Chief Executive of Accel Inc.
Tara Abraham, chair and co-chief executive of Accel Inc., is one of the nation’s leading experts in contract packaging. She founded Accel more than 15 years ago when, as a Bath & Body Works merchant, she failed to find a packaging company to meet her quality and delivery standards.
Ms. Abraham launched Accel from a tiny 1,200-square-foot studio with the credo, “A product properly packaged is half sold.” Creating packages with artful presentation, reduced retail costs, and efficient production, the business now serves major companies in the personal care and beauty, pharmaceutical and health care, and food and beverages sectors.
Ms. Abraham has received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and Accel has been repeatedly named among the Top 500 Diversity Owned Businesses in the country. The company purchases 58 percent of its good and services from women and minority-owned firms.
Ms. Abraham serves on NWBC as the representative for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), where she sits on the board of directors and as vice chair of its governing group. She also is a prominent women’s business leader and mentor, an advocate for diversity in the workplace, and a passionate philanthropist.