Awards

2014 WBEs Who Rock! By MBE Magazine

Sharon-ReynoldsSharon Reynolds

President & CEO, DevMar Products, LLC

About: Since its inception in 2007, DevMar Products has made strides with its sustainable products and development efforts and commitment to being a forerunner in the area of developing unique products that are environmentally friendly. Under the leadership of Sharon Reynolds, DevMar stands out as a customer service oriented company that seeks to address the ever-growing needs of its customers. She has strategically aligned her company with other women-owned organizations and formed partnerships that work to increase visibility and elevate her organization’s status in business. Sharon provides leadership in her community by serving as a mentor via her affiliation with local non-profits dedicated to the advancement of families. Her leadership style is impeccable as she challenges others to stretch themselves and reach beyond their boundaries for excellence.

Her advice to other women in business: Never allow limits, be clever in managing in the workplace and three times as dedicated as your peers. Strive to make a positive impact every day in someone else’s life.

How certification helped her achieve success: WBENC certification has allowed me to strategically place DevMar in front of major corporations that seek opportunities to engage women-owned businesses that meet the litmus test in operations. It has allowed me to showcase the uniqueness of my company & what we have to offer in the area of sustainability.

Nominated by: Sandra Williams
2014 Small Business Awards Honoree by the Nashville Business Journal

DevMar Products LLC

Sharon Reynolds, President and CEO

What is the scariest part of being a small-business owner, and how do you overcome that fear?

Remaining relevant and in step with the larger competition is perhaps the scariest part of being a small business owner. There is a uniqueness as a small business owner as we can typically "turn on a dime" with processes and decisions absent of the normal “red tape” encountered by larger corporations. My faith in God is paramount in my decision-making [as well as] having one of the best director of operations, who has made a unique difference in the direction of company.
2013 Women of Influence Honoree by the Nashville Business Journal

Sharon Reynolds, President & CEO

DevMar Products, LLC

Biography

Founded on a dream and a mission, DevMar Products, LLC embodies environmental initiatives that will help sustain our planet for generations to come. In 2007, Sharon W. Reynolds, President/CEO launched the company with an idea to distribute more environmentally-friendly products, including green cleaning solutions, and office products. Her quest is to provide the highest level of knowledge, expertise, discretion, and integrity in the development of business opportunities for the company. Moreover, she educates clients and suppliers on topics surrounding healthy workplace initiatives. In 2012, she launched a DevMar Manufacturing, LLC in order to partner with larger manufacturers to meet the supplier diversity goals of Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Finally, in 2013 DevMar-GS3 Healthcare Alliance, LLC was launched as a strategic alliance driving sustainable solutions into emerging healthcare markets. Under Sharon’s leadership, DevMar-GS3 Healthcare Alliance has secured a contract with one of the largest Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) in the country and will distribute, STERIPLEX SD a revolutionary product designed to eradicate C.difficile and other pathogens in hospital environments.

She was one of the youngest African American owners of a prominent mortgage company at age 24. In 2009 Sharon was named as one of the Top 25 Real Estate Brokers by the Nashville Business Journal among a total of 3500 licensed real estate agents. In July 2012, DevMar Products, LLC was chosen as the recipient of the WIPP Business Leadership – “External Communications” award presented at the Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP.org) Annual Leadership Meeting in Washington, DC. In addition, in 2011/2012, the company was named one of the NEXT 50 companies to watch by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Entrepreneur Center. In addition, the Nashville Post and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce recognized DevMar Products as one of its “Green Heroes” during both the 2011 and 2012 award ceremonies. OfficeMax Office of Diversity and Inclusion featured Sharon and DevMar Products during their customer profile in February 2013. As well, Sharon was recognized as one of the 2013 Women of Influence Award honorees during a ceremony held in March. She was also featured in The People Issue section of the Nashville Scene for her contributions to the area of sustainability via her line of green products. In October, 2013 Sharon was selected as a WBENC scholarship recipient and attended the Tuck Business School WBENC Executive program at IBM in Palisades, New York. Sharon is a candidate to receive her LEED-Green Associate designation.

Three Areas of Expertise:
  • Opportunities for women entrepreneurs
  • How to get certified with the federal government
  • Product distribution
2012 Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Business Leadership in External Communications Award (wipp.org)

Business Leadership – External Communications Award

Sharon Reynolds, CEO, DevMar Products

Sharon W. Reynolds is a forward thinking entrepreneur that has a passion for environmental concerns. Her concern was so great that over ten years ago she began her vision to develop initiatives that would help sustain our planet through the distribution of cleaning products. In 2007, Ms. Reynolds launched DevMar Products, LLC. DevMar Products embodies environmental initiatives that will help sustain our planet for generations to come. She has spent numerous hours working with colleagues and suppliers to make available for distribution products that support her green and sustainability initiatives. In May 2012, she launched DevMar Manufacturing, LLC and will partner with larger companies to manufacture green and sustainable products. This effort will further meet the supplier diversity goals of Fortune 100 and 500 companies. DevMar Products, LLC company revenue has tripled since 2007 along with staffing to meet the ever-changing needs of the clients served. To date, the client list includes the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, colleges and universities, building service providers, Consolidated Car Rental facilities, among others. In 2011, DevMar Products, LLC was named one of the NEXT 50 companies to watch by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Entrepreneur Center.
2011/2012 Next Awards Honoree by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

DevMar Products, LLC

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DevMar Products is pleased to announced that it is a 2011 and 2012 NEXT Awards Finalist by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Entrepreneur Center for two years in a row!
2011/2012 Green Heroes Award Recipient by the Nashville Post & Entrepreneur Center

DevMar Products

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As a successful real estate agent and mortgage loan officer, Sharon Reynolds never figured she’d end up being a buzzed-about entrepreneur selling environmentally friendly sanitation products.

But you never know what will happen when you’re a naturally curious person with an abundance of creative ideas and a mind for business.

Although she’s still a licensed agent with Nashville-based Worth Properties, Reynolds has her hands full managing the growth of DevMar Products LLC. She launched the company in 2007 with the idea of helping her husband’s long-standing janitorial company, Reynolds & Reynolds, develop a diversified business plan and product line. Reynolds fell in love with the concept of sustainable cleaning and sanitation products and realized she’d stumbled on a growth industry that could hold her attention for a long time to come.

“At first, I wanted to help my husband grow his business to the next level,” she says. “I quickly realized that what I really wanted to do was make a difference with environmentally friendly products.”

Reynolds incorporated as a woman- and minority-owned business and began adding products and looking for promising contracts. She reeled in a big one when she landed a contract for janitorial and paper supplies for the Nashville International Airport. Her partnership with the airport represented the first major contract with a woman-owned business in the airport’s 75-year history.

Other clients include Metro Nashville Public Schools, an array of colleges and universities, and building service providers, among others. The company’s revenue has tripled in five years, and this year Reynolds launched a manufacturing division with partners. Those partners, she says, have the knowledge and expertise to develop an even broader line of sustainable products. “We have so much going on,” Reynolds says.

“We’re talking to Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. Everyone is very serious about their sustainability initiatives now. You have to be the real McCoy for them to consider your products.”

DevMar’s most popular products include 4Sure, a non-alcohol hand sanitizer that works for up to 10 washings; Defender, an antimicrobial barrier surface protection that can act as a hygienic shield on surfaces for up to 90 days; and EnCap, a dry cleaning solution that works without chemicals and toxins.

Reynolds says the best thing about heading up an earth-friendly business is the way it makes her feel.

“I’m able to get out of bed every day and know I’m doing something meaningful,” she says. “Not only is it a very exciting industry, I got into it at the right time.”