National Association of Professional Women Inducts Regina Lee Manuel, Owner of Jim Manuel Iron Works, Into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Regina Lee Manuel as a 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 700,000 members and over 200 operating local chapters.

“Regina Lee Manuel is a prime example of a woman determined to get a college education despite all the responsibilities that go with being a 16-year-old high school drop out and single mother,” says NAPW President Star Jones.

Today, Ms. Regina Manuel has a B.S.B.A. degree in Management and Organizational Development, an M.S. in Instructional Technology and an Ed.D in Technical Educational Leadership. She brought two decades of technical expertise to her highly valued position as Delivery Project Executive at IBM for 14 years. At IBM, she was responsible for leading cross-cultural teams, researching, designing and deploying complex enterprise integration solutions for multimillion-dollar projects. She became Owner of Jim Manuel Iron Works, founded in 1977 by her late husband Jim Manuel, after his passing in 2012. Ms. Manuel has taken over the business with a focus on extensive leadership, encompassing not only the technical infrastructure but business requirements and technological developments.

Jim Manuel Iron Works started as a one-man shop and has evolved into a full-service manufacturing and metal fabrication company. To accommodate its impressive growth, the company moved to three different locations before its final and current location on Indiana Avenue in Winston, NC. Ms. Manuels team understands what it takes to meet her clients specifications. They take pride in their work and strive to exceed customers’ expectations. Their goal is to offer efficient, high-quality workmanship at reasonable prices for portable welding, restaurant repair, pre-engineered metal buildings, shop welding and steel materials.

Ms. Manuel is also now a partner with My Online Business Education, also known as MOBE. MOBE is a training and internet marketing program that was developed by an Australian-born entrepreneur. Ms. Manuel provides training courses and webinars at

Awards & Accomplishments: B.S.B.A., Mt. Olive College, Management and Organizational Development; M.S., Appalachian State University, Instructional Technology Specialist; ED.D. Appalachian State University, Technical Educational Leadership



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