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PTDA Foundation | Wendy B. McDonald Award

Wendy B. McDonald Award

About the 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.

Wendy B. McDonald Fund

Support this award with a donation to the Wendy B. McDonald Fund.

Barbara Ross, Garlock Sealing Technologies, Receives the 2021 Wendy B. McDonald Award   

Barbara Ross began her PT/MC career in 1973 at Garlock Sealing Technologies. As a third-generation family member working in the industry, Barb says what she finds compelling is, "the diversity of occupations underneath the umbrella. There was always room for me to keep moving and trying something different, " she explained. And try different things she did.

Check out Barb's full story exploring her career journey and the importance of family.

Inspired by Family: Wendy B. McDonald Award Recipient
Barbara Ross


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