Derry dials up Top 100 award

Bonnie Derry, CEO of Vernon-based Info-Tel, earns Profit magazine female entrepreneur award.

Ian Portsmouth (left)

Ian Portsmouth (left)

Bonnie Derry, CEO of Vernon-based Info-Tel, was named by Profit: Your Guide to Business Success magazine as the 27th most successful woman in the publication’s 13th annual ranking of Canada’s top 100 female entrepreneurs.

This year marks Derry’s seventh consecutive appearance on the list, and as CEO of the telephone directory company, she oversees a staff of 35, with annual revenues of $7.8 million. She is ranked third among female entrepreneurs in B.C.

Derry bought the failing telephone directory publishing business in 1996, and by using research to redefine geographical regions based on relevant demographic and psychographic data, the company delivered improved services for consumer and advertiser alike. The company’s online services, including its recent mobile applications, meet the information-at-your-fingertips demands of on-the-go consumers.

The magazine ranks Canada’s female entrepreneurs using a composite score reflecting the size, growth rate and profitability of their businesses, according to Ian Portsmouth, editor-in-chief.

“This is a diverse group of entrepreneurs united by their passion, dynamism and smarts,” he said.

Added Derry: “It’s an honour to be recognized, but quite frankly, our company’s success rests firmly on the shoulders of dedicated and talented employees who understand our clients and markets. I’m very proud of them and what we do for our advertisers and consumer audiences.”