Tina V. Savas is among the first wave of women entrepreneurs in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1983, she founded the Birmingham Business Journal newspaper, followed by Alabama Health News, Alabama Construction News, and Birmingham Weekly, among other titles. The award winning Birmingham Business Journal was instrumental in changing the business landscape in Birmingham with in-depth business news never seen before. It was an uphill battle for a single woman in her twenties with little money in a tough industry, but Savas’determination won the day.
Her newspaper legacies include “The Fifty Richest” series, naming the area’s 50 richest people and their net worth; “The Birmingham 100,” the top private companies and their revenues; the “Top 40 Under 40” series, up and coming stars all under the age of 40 (now copied in all U.S. major markets); and the BAMA’s, the Birmingham Area Music Awards presented by Birmingham Weekly, the area’s only alternative weekly newspaper and continual winner of national awards.
She also created the “Top Birmingham Women” award, naming 10 women each year who personify the highest echelons. As a tribute to her, the Birmingham Business Journal presented Savas this award after she sold that publication.
She has served on local boards for community development, advised numerous foundations, colleges and hospitals and won many awards during her career. She hosted a weekly radio show, appeared on local television shows and is featured in the book, Italians in the Deep South, as one of the “newer generation” of Italians making “waves.”
Savas continues her entrepreneurial spirit through real estate investment and other business ventures. Her passion for business has recently extended to volunteer and community work for those ages 50 and older.
She lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, Paul, and son, Alex.
- "When I think about Women in broad brush strokes, a certain picture starts to emerge, one of wisdom and one of worth. How fitting to pay tribute to the inspiring women who advance our world ever single day. Bravo to Edie and Tina for putting these valuable perspectives inside one central source." —Chickie Bucco, President of Katz Direct New York and Former National President of American Women in Radio and Television
- "Perseverance: No matter how tough the job, you don't give up. True Grit is perseverance." —Wilma L Vaught, Brigadier General USAF Retired, President of Women's Memorial Foundation, Washington D.C.
- “Living by example has been the greatest teacher in my life. Women of True Grit sets the tone for all women to never be frightened of the unknown. Nothing stops the tenacious spirit of my friend Edie Hand, co-author of this book. She is a woman of true grit—this book is a MUST READ.” —Judy Nelon, Music Publisher and first woman President of SGMG, A Nashville, Tennessee based Music Organization
- "I want to thank Edie and Tina for highlighting the great contributions of these women to our nation and culture. Through these examples in their book – we see from a unique perspective the qualities of strength, determination, and yet grace, which have marked the success of these great Americans. I believe everyone, no doubt, will enjoy reading about the figures that they have included who have such a myriad of qualities and experiences." —U.S. Congressman Robert B. Aderholt, Alabama's Fourth Congressional District
- “At a public lecture, I heard poet and author Maya Angelou say that we all face adversity in our lives. She said that we will not move forward without the presence of a key ingredient, and that is courage. I have found her words resonate... in tough times I summon up resolve and courage. Women of True Grit exemplify that trait." —Judith Murray, Producer/Director, Terra Images Inc., Montreal/Toronto
- “From board rooms to sports fields, from sex therapists to the army, education to banking, Tina Savas and Edie Hand honor brilliant achieving “Second Wave” feminists in their inspiring book. Some of their heroes were political activists who forged the way for all women to achieve. Others, professionals whose success was accomplished because of the work of the activists (as well as to their own smarts, drive and determination), advanced the possibilities for all women. They are products of a great generation of American women who continued the fight for complete equality and opportunity for all women.” —Jacqui Ceballos, Founder/President Veteran Feminists of America
- “Women of True Grit is history that finally found a voice. These women set firsts in their fields and serve as role models for us all.” —Prill Boyle, Author of Defying Gravity: A Celebration of Late-Blooming Women
- “I have always been encouraged and inspired by true life stories; especially success stories. However, success stories don't just happen, they are made through hard work, perseverance, courage and a lot of faith. The interviews in Women of True Grit give us an insight into the lives of many women who had the courage and tenacity to make a difference. I trust reading this book will cause all of us to be inspired with God's help, to do what we can, however small it might be, to also make a difference.” —Gigi Graham, Author and Daughter of Evangelist Billy Graham
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