Mike Miazga 2017-03-02 13:50:29
Women are making a difference in the success of PHCP-PVF companies throughout our industry. Supply House Times asked our industry partners to tell us about these difference-makers. The results are our third annual look at some of the many women enjoying productive industry careers and their thoughts on their current positions, how they broke into the business and their advice for young women considering a career in the industry 1.SARA ALFORD Company: Newmans Valve (Stafford, Texas) Position: General manager (1 year) Sara says: “As you look at many PVF companies today, women like myself have worked their way from the bottom to the top of an ever-growing industry and we do not let anything stand in our way.” 2.KATE BAILEY Company: Ferguson Enterprises (Newport News, Va.) Position: Director of showrooms (12 years) Kate says: “There is something special about working with a homeowner to select the kitchen and bath products that ultimately will go in their dream home or remodel.” 3.BRENT BRAKE Company: Dellon Sales (Albertson, N.Y.) Position: Entrepreneur, manager and luxury consultant (23 years) Brent says: “Dellon has allowed me to build and maintain relationships that have lasted and will last throughout my career. My work has allowed me to express my creativity, marketing skills and business savvy. I’m not sure if there is another profession with quite so much variety.” 4.CASEY BRODERICK Company: All America Threaded Products (Denver, Colo.) Position: President (3 years) Casey says: “I think women underestimate how wellsuited they are to the manufacturing industry, which suffers from a lack of diversity of perspective and where a woman’s tendency toward non-linear thought unlocks new solutions to problems that involve complicated networks of people and processes.” 5.JULIA BRONG Company: Crane ChemPharma & Energy (Houston, Texas) Position: Key account manager — Houston EPCs (4 years) Julia says: “Be strong, confident and professional.Learn your products and become the expert. Don’t sweat the small stuff — it helps to be a little ‘thickskinned.’” 6.ROBYN BROOKHART Company: Liberty Pumps (Bergen, N.Y.) Position: Executive VP and COO (20 years) Robyn says: “I love the energy at Liberty Pumps. We have a culture where even though we all have job titles there are no boundaries to our job functions. We do what it takes to get the job done.” 7.DENISE CHAMPAGNE Company: Coburn Supply (Beaumont, Texas) Position: Showroom product manager (12 years) Denise says: “As a working single mom of three, my role as a mother comes first and Coburn’s is supportive of that purpose. With more than 50 branches in four states, no matter the location I always am greeted with a handshake and/or hug — genuinely regarded as family.” 8.BRENDA COMBS Company: MRC Global (Houston, Texas) Position: Senior director — implementation (18 years) Brenda says: “Working for this company has allowed me to grow my knowledge base and utilize problemsolving skills to develop new solutions. It is rare to be able to work for a company that promotes flexibility and freedom to propose innovative ideas.” 9.DAWN FORD Company:NIBCO (Elkhart, Ind.) Position: Customer service manager (18 years) Dawn says: “When I came to NIBCO I was young and looking for a job. I could not image that job would be the beginning of an amazing career in the plumbing industry.” 10.YOLANDA FRANK Company: TMS Equiparts (Pittsburgh, Pa.) Position: Purchasing director (5 years) Yolanda says: “My sales pitch is do it! Don’t overthink it! You will find this industry is rewarding, challenging and engaging. Many people within the industry are eager to share their knowledge and experience.Absorb all of it and put your own spin on it.” 11.JENNY KEMP HAGET Company: Hajoca Corp. (Ardmore, Pa.) Position: Manager of private-label marketing (7 years) Jenny says: “This industry needs the strengths that women bring: the ability to form lasting symbiotic relationships with vendors and customers, tact, organization skills and intuition.” 12.SHANNA MCLARTY Company: Federal Flange (Houston, Texas) Position: Inside sales manager (2 years) Shanna says: “The individuals I work for and with are what make my job so enjoyable. We are truly a team and everyone strives for the advancement of the company as a whole.” 13.KAY PETERS Company: COOPER Valves/Forum Energy Technologies (Stafford, Texas) Position: Quality assurance and supplier quality manager (1 year) Kay says: “As a young woman entering the industry, if you are willing to put forth the due diligence and be genuine in your efforts, rewarding opportunities are available.” 14.PATTI SCHULTZ Company: Energy Metals Inc. (Houston, Texas) Position: Inside sales representative (3 years) Patti says: “Although I didn’t know it when I started, the PVF industry has provided me with not just a job, but a career. I worked my way through several support-staff positions and eventually into sales. I’ve had to work hard, but it has been worth it.” 15.JENNIFER SHEFFIELD Company: Premier Bath and Kitchen/ Pace Supply (Rohnert Park, Calif.) Position: Director of showroom development (3 years) Jennifer says: “The decorative kitchen and bath industry is an exciting, fast-paced, innovative and cutting-edge industry where women have the opportunity to flourish, grow and lead.” 16.TRACIE SPONENBERG Company: The Granite Group (Concord, N.H.) Position: Senior VP human resources (2 years) Tracie says: “Good people are good people no matter the gender. We all are looking for the same thing — a job in a company and industry with sustainability where you are working with people and a culture you like and can grow into a career.” 17.LISA WARD Company: Canandaigua (N.Y.) Winsupply Position: President (3 years) Lisa says: “This industry is a great opportunity if you have the will, the skills and the drive to work hard. As I’ve always taught my daughters, if you want something bad enough, work hard for it.” 18.CHRISTINE WARDROP Company: Industrial Piping Systems (York, Pa.) Position: President (20 years) Christine says: “When it was time for my dad to retire, I decided I would give the business a try. Every day brings new chances to learn and grow, but the best part is the people.” 19.AIMEE WILLIAMS GARRETT Company: Gateway Supply (Columbia, S.C.) Position: Director of marketing (9 years) Aimee says: “Marketing and design is my passion and this industry allows me the opportunity to combine my expertise and my passion together.” 20.LORI ZEIER Company: Bemis Mfg. Co. (Sheboygan Falls, Wis.) position: Regional sales manager (22 years) Lori says: “Bemis’ culture and values are really important to me. This gives me confidence when I’m out in the field that we are offering the best products, quality and services to our customers.”
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