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PTDA Foundation now accepting nominations for 2015 Wendy B. McDonald Award


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CHICAGO – To honor the memory of Wendy B. McDonald, one of the power transmission/motion control industry's true pioneers, the PTDA Foundation established the Wendy B. McDonald Award.

The award acknowledges a woman who has established herself as a critical contributor to her company’s success and has affected positive change within the power transmission/motion control industry.
A trailblazing woman business owner, Mrs. McDonald left many legacies through her long career in the industry. Her charm and grace are legendary as well as her philanthropy and commitment to give back to the industry and the communities that led to her success. The inaugural recipient of the Wendy B. McDonald Award in 2014 was Pat Wheeler of Motion Industries (Canada).
When merited, the Wendy B. McDonald Award will be presented annually during the PTDA Industry Summit. Nominations are now being accepted through May 31, 2015, and will be judged by the following criteria:

• Nominees must be female and employed by a PTDA member company within the calendar year for which the nomination is being made. There are no criteria with respect to title, position in company or years of experience.
• Nominees must exemplify leadership and integrity in all business relationships.
• Although all nominees are considered, those employed by Canadian companies or distributors receive extra consideration.

The 2014 recipient of the Wendy B. McDonald Award is Pat Wheeler.  Pat joined BC Bearing (now Motion Industries Canada) in Kitimat in 1980 as shipper/receiver. She quickly moved into inside sales and then to office manager in 1990. In February 2003, she was appointed as branch manager—the only female branch manager. In 2008, she was recognized by Mrs. McDonald at the annual sales meetings for almost single-handedly managing her territory.

Pat credits Mrs. McDonald with being her idol and mentor because she paved the way for her to feel confident enough to accomplish all that she has in her 34 year career.
Download the criteria and nomination form



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