2013 Gold Entrepreneur of the Year


Bethany Beach, Delaware – (November 11, 2013) – Marnie Oursler, Founder and President of Marnie Homes, has been awarded with a Gold Stevie® Award in the Entrepreneur of the Year category in the 10th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

The Stevie® Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2013 Stevie® Awards for Women in Business received more than 1,200 entries from virtually every industry, representing 18 nations and territories.

“This award is a tremendous honor, and I’m grateful to be considered among such incredible business leaders,” said Oursler. “Resilience, thought leadership, and a strong support network of family and friends have been my keys to success, and these tenets apply to entrepreneurs in any field.”

A woman in a traditionally male-dominated industry, Marnie Oursler distinguishes herself by building one-of-a-kind beach homes with economically and environmentally sustainable products. Her most notable projects include the “All-American House,” constructed of more than 90 percent domestic building materials, and “Eco Beach,” Delaware’s first LEED-certified home. In 2012, Oursler created the “We Build American” campaign with building materials supplier 84 Lumber. As a national spokesperson, she advocates for the use of more American-made products to increase domestic jobs and better our nation’s economy.

“For 10 years we have been recognizing the achievements of women in the workplace, and this year’s nominations were the most impressive class the judges have ever reviewed,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie® Awards. “We congratulate all of this year’s Grand, Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie® Award winners for their achievements.”
Details about the Stevie® Awards for Women in Business and the list of winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women.

About Marnie Homes

Established in 2007, Marnie Homes is a small, custom beach home building company based in Bethany Beach, DE. Founder and President Marnie Oursler is a fifth generation builder who combines a builder’s technical knowledge with a designer’s sensibility. Marnie Homes builds mainly with American-made and sustainable products that support the economy and benefit the environment, while remaining high-quality and affordable.

Oursler was awarded with Professional Builder Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2013. She is a spokesperson for the “We Build American” national campaign, which seeks to increase domestic jobs by incentivizing the use of American-made building products. Marnie Homes built Delaware’s first LEED-certified home in 2009.
Oursler is currently enrolled in the Cross Continent MBA program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and is expected to complete the program in December 2013. Please visit MarnieHomes.com for more information.

About The Stevie® Awards
Stevie® Awards are conferred in five programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards, The International Business Awards, The American Business Awards, the Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service. 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 www.StevieAwards.com.