Source of Wealth:Internet (AngiesList.com), Entrepreneur
Angela R. Hicks founded Angie's List in 1995 in Columbus, Ohio, in an effort to provide homeowners with a convenient way to find reliable, high-quality, local service companies
In 13 years, Ms. Hicks has grown the company to provide service to more than 750,000 members in 124 of the largest cities in the United States. Angie's List is recognized as an Internet pioneer and one of the best consumer Web sites in the nation, offering ratings and reviews on more than 400 different categories of services.
In March 2008, Angie's List expanded from its traditional categories that focused on home, lawn, auto and personal services, and began offering ratings on health care providers. As is Angie's List tradition, this expansion was driven by demand from the membership, and response has been overwhelming. Health care categories have been expanded three times since March. More than 100 are currently offered. Additional growth and enhancement to the health care categories are planned for 2009.
In addition to providing local service company insights, Ms. Hicks is recognized as a consumer expert and has issued calls for action in several areas, including health problems caused by lead, radon and mold. She has also raised consumer awareness to pitfalls in the real estate industry and home improvement safety.
Hicks is a regular contributor to national and local consumer news stories across the country, including the Today Show and CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and magazines such as This Old House, Money, Good Housekeeping, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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