COSHOCTON -- Business and Professional Women (BPW) Region 4 had its Young Careerist (YC) and Individual Development (ID) Competitions at the Frontier Power Community Room on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Breanne N. Smith was named the Region's 2014 YC winner and Mary Mason was named the Region's 2014 ID winner. Both women will represent BPW Region 4 at the BPW/OH YC & ID Competition at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North on April 12.

Leadership Training and the Platform Committee Meeting will also be held on April 12. Columbus BPW member and State Legislative Chair Liz Burrell will conduct the Legislative Platform Committee meeting. Coshocton BPW member and 2014-2015 Political Action Committee (PAC) Chair Tomma Bordenkircher will have an information table on PAC, and Coshocton/Zanesville BPW member and 2014-2015 State Membership Chair Liz Herrell will have an information table on membership.

The Virginia Allen Young Careerist (YC) program recognizes the accomplishments of young, upcoming community leaders and it provides them with professional development and networking opportunities. Candidates are judged in the following areas: A four-minute prepared speech that relates to topics or issues that are relevant to working women, written and biographical information, and an interview with judges to see a candidate's ability to be a mentor and help others achieve.

Breanne N. Smith, Chief Deputy, Coshocton County Treasurer's Office is responsible for maintaining all real estate, mobile home and escrow tax records for Coshocton County.

She is also responsible for processing refunds, maintaining mortgage and mailing requests, posting daily payments to accounts, and uploading data. Smith, a Ridgewood High School graduate, is a 2007 graduate of Ohio University with a B.A. in Political Science and a Certificate in Women's Studies. She is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Coshocton County.

She is the County Chairwoman for the Coshocton County Democratic Party. Smith resides in Coshocton with her husband Brandon.

Mary Mason is mother, grandmother, auctioneer, entrepreneur and owner of Agents Realty & Auction Service.

Since the inception of Agents Realty in l989, she has worked hard to educate herself and pass that on to two daughters who are college graduates. One is in business as a Marketing and Graphic Artist Executive and the other has a Masters Degree in Education and is a high school math teacher. She is grateful to her parents who impressed upon her that an education was the most valuable possession she could have.

Hard work and education would allow her to be independent and self- sufficient.

She loves the things she does and looks forward to living each day to the fullest and thanks the ladies of BPW for all that they do to encourage all women.

Judging was based on three phases of competition: A 5-minute prepared speech, a 2-minute impromptu speech and a 10-minute interview.

Judges for both competitions were Ellen McKee, retired teacher at the Coshocton County Career Center; Lois Bordenkircher, receptionist and real estate trainee at Carol Goff & Associates and Guernsey County BPW member Betty Duche'.

The next meeting will be on June 28th, 9 a.m. at Theo's in Cambridge. Program will be the Region Leadership Meeting and induction of officers. Officers for 2014-2015 will be President Linda Wiegand, Licking County BPW; President-Elect Rhonda Stemmer, Guernsey County BPW; Vice President Emily McBurney, Coshocton BPW; Secretary Marilyn Lauvray, Coshocton BPW; and Treasurer Carey McMasters, Coshocton BPW.

Founded in 1919, BPW promotes equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. BPW is the leading advocate for millions of working women on work-life balance and workplace equity issues. Membership is open to men and women, employed and unemployed.

For information, contact Liz Herrell at 740-294-0199 or at