Recycling sisters to speak at Women in Business Banquet

April 9, 2010

PLAINVIEW – Heather Castagna and Holly Robertson Rand, known in Lubbock as the “Green Queens,” will present the keynote address at the Fifth Annual Women in Business Banquet hosted by the Wayland Baptist University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team.

Slated for Thursday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the McClung Center, the banquet will include the presentation of the 2010 Women in Business Awards to Tiffany Barnes, owner of Petals, Nicki Bruce Logan, lifestyles editor at the Plainview Daily Herald, and Kim Street of Street Real Estate.

The Green Queens are “retired” pageant winners and sisters who started a business in Lubbock to collect residential and commercial recyclables in a curbside pickup service. The monthly service accepts a wide variety of products for recycling in an effort to create a greener community.

Castagna earned her law degree from Texas Tech and worked in the criminal defense sector with an emphasis on capital punishment. She and husband Kevin have two daughters. Rand earned a degree in psychology and was in pharmaceutical sales industry for many years before forming Green Queens with her sister. She is mother of two children and lives on 10 acres that is also home to many animals.

“We both are dedicated mothers, and as stewards of this wonderful and growing community, we are passionate about Lubbock’s environment and improving our carbon footprint,” the pair’s Web site says. “There is no greater commitment than improving our environment. The ability to effect change lies within your grasp. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves, put the gloves on and get to work.”

Past winners of the Women in Business Awards have included Jan Alford, Sandra Aven, Carolyn Baker, Nell Hardage, Lena Faye Hill, Nancy Kernell, Jennifer Marley, Evalene McDonald, Jeanie Pennell, Dr. Ruth Rector-Wright, Mary Anna Self and Peggy Wall.

SIFE is an international student organization dedicated to six principles: Ethics, Market Economics, Free Enterprise, Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability. To further these goals, the Wayland SIFE team has developed a program to honor the women who have contributed more than their fair share to the local business environment and many to WBU as well. Community involvement is how WBU SIFE strives to change the world.

Tickets to the banquet are $20 per person and reservations may be made by calling the School of Business at 291-1020.