Tina 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, the area’s only weekly alternative newspaper and continual winner of national editorial awards.
The 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,” listing the top private companies and their revenues; the “Top 40 Under 40” series, naming the up and coming stars all under the age of 40 (now copied in all U.S. major markets); the “Fast Track 25,” ranking the fastest growing companies in the area; and the “Best in Business” awards.
She also created the “Top Birmingham Women” award, naming ten women each year who personify the highest echelons in the community. 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.