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Dawn M. Nakash, BASI
is Chief Operating and Administrative Officer of Daybreak Marketing Services, LLC, a Certified Woman Business Enterprise by WBENC and NC HUB (Historically Underutilized Business). In addition to running her own business, Dawn is an active volunteer in the local community, recognized for her dedication and contributions to many local organizations. Dawn's business, Daybreak Marketing Services, was established in 1998.

An expert in providing advertising specialties with a career that spans over 20 years, Dawn is a promotion marketing specialist to corporate clients in business-to-business and business-to-consumer environments.  Dawn has had careers in advertising and marketing since 1988 – as an out of home advertising buyer for the Asbury Park Press and the Home News Tribune and then as a Customer Service Manager and Advertising Sales Director with two leading promotion and marketing firms.  

Daybreak Marketing Services was started in a spare bedroom in Dawn’s home in November 1998, after the promotion marketing firm she was employed by began to experience financial strain and her client’s events and promotions were at risk.  Since then, the company has grown and now includes a vice president of sales & marketing, three senior account managers, and a part-time office administrator. Clients include George Harms Construction; Georgian Court University; Reaves Asset Management, Brookdale Community College – station WBJB; Wake Forest Downtown; the Town of Wake Forest and many others. 

An active volunteer, Dawn is involved in many community and business organizations. She was a two-term President of the Monmouth-Ocean chapter of New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, She served two terms as President-Elect and also Vice President of Marketing.  Dawn, along with a co-chair in 2005, brought the holiday auction to new financial heights, making the most money in the history of the chapter.  Dawn also held Board positions with NAWBO - Central Jersey Chapter (VP of Marketing and Advertising Manager).

Dawn is currently a member of the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), received her BASI (Bachelor of Advertising Specialty Information) designation in 2013, New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO), Howell, NJ Optimist Club, Wake Forest, NC Optimist Club and Wake Forest, NC Woman’s Club.  Dawn is a Notary Public, commissioned by the State of North Carolina.

Dawn is a past president of the Howell Chamber of Commerce (2001-2003) and is a member of the Council of Past Presidents.  She also serves on the fundraising committee for the Georgian Court University Scholarship Fund and Howell, NJ Alliance for the Prevention of Drug & Alcohol Abuse. She is a former Ambassador for the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce.

Dawn is also past president of the Howell, NJ Optimist Club, an international civic organization that “brings out the best in kids.”  She is a charter and founding member of the Jackson, NJ Optimist Club.  Dawn is a former Jackson, NJ Planning Board, and Environmental Commission member, and resident member of the Economic Development Committee.  Dawn is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Wake Forest, NC Optimist Club.  She is an active volunteer with the Wake Forest, NC Woman’s Club, holding the position of Arts Community Service Project chair, a member of the Communications Committee – handling social media, Finance and Audit committees and Nominations. She is currently the club Parliamentarian and chairs the Revisions and Resolutions Committee.  Dawn is a member of the Wake Forest, NC Downtown Charity Car Show as the Social Media Editor.  She serves as Secretary of the Board of Trustees at Wake Forest United Methodist Church.  She is the Board Chair of Wake Forest Downtown and also chairs the Events and Sponsorship committees.  She has served as a parade volunteer with the Wake Forest, NC Downtown Christmas parade since 2012. Dawn is a homework tutor at Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club.

An award winner, Dawn received the Wake Forest Citizen of the Year award in December 2016.  She was honored as an Emerging Woman in 2016, in their inaugural award class. Dawn was named Ambassador of the Month for September 2012 and August 2013 for the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce.  Her finest accomplishment comes from being named NJBIZ’s 2008 New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business. She was also awarded the 2008 National Association of Women Business Owners – Central Jersey chapter Businesswoman of the Year.  Dawn was a finalist in the Enterprising Women of the Year in 2007.  She was named “Businesswoman of the Year” by the Monmouth-Ocean chapter of New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners for 2006 and received the “Teal Heart Service Award” in 2005 from the Monmouth/Ocean Chapter of NJAWBO for consistently going above and beyond her responsibilities for the organization. Dawn accepted the “Community Service” award from the Central Jersey chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners in 2006.  Dawn was an ATHENA award nominee in 2007 and in 2005.  Daybreak Marketing was named “Business of the Year” in 2004 by the Howell Chamber of Commerce. As president of the Howell Optimist Club, Dawn achieved Double Distinguished President status in 2002. (In the club’s 15-year history, this level of success was never achieved by another president, nor has it been achieved since.  She met specific criteria in areas of membership growth and club building.)   

Dawn grew up in central New Jersey and now resides in Wake Forest, NC with her husband Ken Nagy.  She has three children – Anthony, 35 (stationed in San Francisco, CA with the U.S. Coast Guard and married to Amber), Christopher, 32 (works for Naval Air Systems Command at the Super Base Maguire-Fort Dix-Lakehurst, NJ) and Rebecca, 25 (a recent graduate from NC State and now works for NC State) and a golden retriever rescue – Daisy.  When Dawn isn’t camping and RV’ing across the country in her motor home, she enjoys reading, crafting, watching Seinfeld and Friends re-runs and spending time with family and friends.


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