Queens, N.Y.— Nancy Vargas of DH2 Chauffeured Transportation received the Businesswoman of the Year award from Queen's Centers for Progress during the nonprofit’s June 25 gala.
The organization got its start in the ’50s as United Cerebral Palsy of Queens; though its name may have changed, it remains a resource that aims to support individuals with a wide range of developmental disabilities—and is a frequent beneficiary of Vargas’ hands-on volunteer and fundraising efforts.
Vargas is a familiar face to her local, industrywide, and far-flung families, whether she and her husband Mike are lending their time and efforts to Puerto Rico’s hurricane-battered regions that are still reeling from a brutal 2017 hurricane season, sharing her wisdom with fellow operators through educational sessions and association leadership roles, or simply giving back to her community through church outreach programs or on her own time.
She attributes being raised as a first-generation American in an immigrant household as helping her develop a strong work ethic that would help her take care of those who didn’t have the advantages and family support that her own upbringing benefited from.
"I was raised to respect my elders and demand respect for myself. I also came from a family that would expect me to speak up for someone with a lesser voice. My role as a CEO has called upon all of these tendencies, especially in my industry," Vargas says.
And she has surrounded herself, both personally and professionally, with like-minded people—as she is always among the first to admit that teamwork makes the dream work.
"I invest in my employees because they are part of the DH2 brand and they manage the user experience with each and every reservation. That's how we cultivate a positive DH2 Experience for our clients,” Vargas explains. “I think what sets me apart is that I really enjoy making connections. It moves me to be able to give back."
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