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About | PTDA Foundation | Wendy B. McDonald Award

Wendy B. McDonald Award

Wendy B. McDonald was one of the power transmission/motion control industry’s true pioneers. Known as “Mrs. Mac,” she served over 60 years as a leader in her family-owned international industrial distribution company and former PTDA member, BC Bearings Engineers Limited (acquired by Motion Industries, Inc.). Mrs. McDonald left many legacies through her long career in the industry as a trailblazing woman business owner. Her charm and grace were legendary but so were her philanthropy and commitment to give back to the industry and the communities that led to her success.
In honor of Mrs. McDonald, the PTDA Foundation established the Wendy B. McDonald Award. Presented at the discretion of the PTDA Foundation Board of Trustees during the PTDA Industry Summit, the award recognizes a woman who has established herself as a critical contributor to her company’s success and has affected positive change on the power transmission/motion control industry.

Know a woman leader in the industry? Nominate her for the Wendy B. McDonald Award by June 14, 2019.

Ellen Holladay, Motion Industries, Receives the 2018 Wendy B. McDonald Award

Ellen’s path to the PT/MC industry was somewhat atypical.  Her first job was as an English teacher
but, after receiving her MBA, she soon moved to Ernst & Whinney in information systems consulting, focusing on the distribution and manufacturing industries. She joined Motion Industries as a Strategic System Planning Manager, was promoted to VP Information Technology in 1996 and became CIO in 1998. In 2003, Ellen was given the additional responsibility of creating an operational excellence group.

When Motion Industries acquired BC Bearings Engineers Limited (the company owned by Wendy B. McDonald), Ellen met Mrs. McDonald and was involved in the transition and integration of her company, helping to ensure that Mrs. Mac’s legacy would continue.

Ellen believes this is a great industry for women and that she has received so much more than she has given.  She offers this advice, “Don’t be intimidated. This industry is all about relationships and this is where women excel, so use your strengths to your advantage and build and nurture those relationships. Maintain a good work/life balance and never stop learning.”

Read about past recipients of the Wendy B. McDonald Award.