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Tarra Pressey

- 2007 Honoree — Business & Entrepreneurism


Since 2007, Tarra Pressey has led Tarra Enterprises to new growth opportunities in the Miami and New York City markets. Her company, which provides branded retail stores and food and beverage concepts to airports, now operates a variety of shops in partnership with Hudson Group at Miami International Airport; Fashion Gallerie, featuring Hugo Boss and Lacoste; Tech On The Go, a proprietary concept offering cutting-edge electronic products; Indulgences, travelers' source of luxury bath and skin care products; and three Hudson News stands, providing travelers with reading materials, snacks and convenience items.

Tarra is also in final negotiations regarding another Hudson group partnership that will expand her organization into John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, which will involve two international brands and nine retail operations.

With these additions, Tarra Enterprises will be a partner at JFK, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Palm Beach, Atlantic City and Miami International Airports.

Tarra also continues to play a leadership role with Girls II Women, the nonprofit organization she helped establish in 1997 to help underserved girls in Riviera Beach, West Palm Beach and Belle Glade achieve their full personal and professional potential. President of the board of directors of Girls II Women until 2011, Tarra remains an active member of the board and stays involved in the organization's in-school and out-of-school activities. Notably since 2007, Girls II Women has provided mentorship opportunities, etiquette training, exposure to the performing arts and college tours to South Carolina, Georgia and other locations. (Please visit girlsiiwomen.com for the list of current programs.)

Another exciting achievement for Girls II Women was the establishment of A Taste IV the Future in 2010. Tarra and other members of the board began this annual event to raise awareness of, and funds for, Girls II Women. Local restaurants contribute food and beverages, and local businesses and organizations become involved as sponsors.


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