Published 03/16/17

Summit names Vistaprint CEO New England Businesswoman of Year

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Vistaprint CEO Trynka Shineman will receive the New England Businesswoman of the Year award at Bryant University’s 20th Women’s Summit® on March 17. The annual award recognizes excellence in leadership by a business or professional woman who is the founder, president, or CEO of a multimillion-dollar business or organization in New England. The award recipient encourages service projects and creates initiatives which will improve the lives of women.

As Chief Executive Officer, Shineman is responsible for Vistaprint’s strategy, execution, and growth. Under her leadership, the Vistaprint brand has evolved from a “business card company” to a customer-centric organization that supports micro businesses with an impressive breadth of products to professionally promote their trades.

When Shineman joined Waltham-based Vistaprint in 2004, revenues were less than $100 million. Today, it is a $1.2 billion business with more than 17 million customers. With Shineman at the helm, the company has expanded market share, improved customer satisfaction, and grown into a global company that truly embraces business owners.

"I believe that it’s critical that women take the time to share their stories and learn from one another."

“We are pleased to present this award to Trynka Shineman as we celebrate 20 years of inspiring, empowering, and advancing women,” said Women’s Summit® Director Kati Machtley. "As the daughter of a woman entrepreneur, Trynka is sensitive to the need for women business owners to have control, flexibility, and freedom as a result of their work. Her innovative spirit, global perspective, and visionary leadership are qualities we value highly at Bryant. We imbue these characteristics in our students to prepare them to become innovative leaders for the future.”

“I am honored to receive this recognition and proud to be among the list of past winners who have set such a great example for future leaders,” said Shineman. “I believe that it’s critical that women take the time to share their stories and learn from one another. And to me, that is what the Women’s Summit and this honor are all about.”

Shineman’s career includes 20 years in market research and analysis, strategic planning, marketing, e-commerce, and innovative leadership. She was previously a director and senior manager for PreVision Marketing, an Inc. 500 and Software 500 boutique marketing company. In 2016, she was named one of the top 100 Women Business Leaders in Massachusetts. She currently holds a Non-Executive Director position with London-based UBM, plc.

Previous Women’s Summit®  New England Businesswoman of the Year award recipients include:

  • Colette Smith A. M. Phillips, president and CEO of Colette Phillips Communications Inc. 
  • Martha Sullivan, president and CEO of Sensata Technologies
  • Cheryl Merchant, president and CEO of Hope Global
  • Karen Kaplan, president and CEO of Hill Holiday
  • Navyn Salem, executive director and founder of Edesia
  • Constance Howes, president and CEO of Women and Infants Hospital
  • Maryanne Cataldo, CEO and founder of City Lights Electrical Co.
  • Kathleen Hittner, M.D., president and CEO of Miriam Hospital, educator and clinician
  • Cheryl Watkins Sneed, president and CEO of Banneker Industries
  • Merrill Sherman, president and CEO of Bankcorp Rhode Island and Bank Rhode Island

Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. The University's 3,700 undergraduate and postgraduate students study in an intensive and immersive learning environment that has been purpose-built for high achievement. Bryant’s groundbreaking academic programs have been nationally recognized by organizations including the Davis Educational Foundation and Hanover Research. Founded in 1863, Bryant is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, College Factual/U.S.A. Today, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Barron’s.