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South Jordan resident wins Bronze Stevie Award for women in Business

Mar 08, 2018 03:01PM ● By Jennifer Gardiner

Kris Rudarmel at the Stevie Award presentation in New York. (Photo courtesy Kris Rudarmel)

South Jordan resident Kris Rudarmel, president and founder of Anchor Water Damage & Restoration, was named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year category at the 14th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run.

Rudarmel co-owns Anchor with her husband, Frank, of 34 years. They are pleased with the team they employ, past and present, that have helped them build their enterprise and continually reach for the summit of success. The Rudarmels love being involved in their community.

Over the last several years, while networking to build Anchor and employing their staff, she has witnessed a multitude of women who struggle with low self-confidence and low self-worth. These were the exact things she struggled with for many years. Last year, she launched Raw Bliss Wonder. Rudarmel guides and supports women to rise from their muck, awaken and create their best life. Rudarmel speaks on ways to be unstoppable and also mentors women on being assertive and confident. These are the exact foundational principles that she used to transform her own business and personal life.

“When I found out I had won the Stevie Bronze it was so surreal,” Rudarmel said. “I was so honored to be recognized alongside women from all over the world. I humbly and graciously accepted with a lump in my throat and moist eyes, as it took me back to our difficult but amazing journey.”

Rudarmel said it was an incredible feeling of accomplishment to look back at all of their hard work and dedication of growing a bootstrapped business.

“I am so grateful for my partner/husband, our incredible team and our amazing clients,” Rudarmel said. “Without them, we wouldn’t have such a successful Enterprise.”

Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 170 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process.

Anchor Water Damage and Restoration, based in South Jordan, is a locally owned and family operated company, founded by the Rudarmels. Since 2005, this husband and wife team have diligently served individuals regarding flood or carpet issues as well as offered inspiration, encouragement and happiness to their clients in their time of distress. Anchor has been recognized with the multiple awards throughout the years including:

● 2016 Nationally Recognized as Best of the Best -2nd Runner Up “Women in Restoration” Remediation and Restoration Magazine

● 2016 Enterprise 7 Award: Woman Business Owner – Utah Enterprise Publication

● 2015 Best of State

● 2014 Best of State

● 2013 30 Women to Watch – Utah Business Magazine

● 2013 Outstanding Entrepreneur – Chamber West

● 2011 Woman Business Owner of the Year – NAWBO SLC

● 2009 Small Business of the Year – Chamber West

 Kris Rudarmel has also had the privilege to graduate from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program in 2013 and the GE Capital Banking on Women program in 2012.

The future goals of the Rudarmels are to share their experiences of embracing risk, practicing persistency, showing appreciation, staying positive and taking inspired action. 

More than 1,500 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories, including Entrepreneur of the Year, Executive of the Year, Company of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women and Women Run Workplace of the Year, among others. The 2017 awards received entries from 25 nations and territories.

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Stevie Award winners are available at