more than 370 power transmission/motion control distribution and manufacturing companies, representing over $16 billion in product sales.
Linda wasn’t seeking a career in power transmission/motion control distribution when she joined what was then Bearings & Drives in 1975. She had just moved to Macon, Ga. from Jackson, Miss. and was simply looking for a job. She had been referred to Bearings & Drives by a previous employer. From her first job as a clerk/typist, Linda began attending IBM training and was rewarded for her information technology skills by being named Manager of Information Technologies in 1982. As Linda trained others on the new systems being installed, she also learned about the people she was training. It was a natural next step to name Linda as B&D’s first Manager of Human Resources in 1996 (in addition to her IT responsibilities). Her contributions to the company in this dual role were recognized with her election to vice president later that same year.
In her acceptance speech during the PTDA 2016 Industry Summit in San Diego, Calif., Miller thanked many people in her life and said, “I do love this industry. Without the people in this room, the world would not exist as we know it today. Nothing would be processed. Nothing would be manufactured. And, nothing would move. In my book, that’s pretty heavy, so I want to say thanks to each and every one of you for contributing to the lifestyle we’ve come to enjoy.”
Please enjoy an interview with her in the Volume 4 2016 issue of Transmissions.®
and watch a video of her acceptance speech:
Liz began her career at Western Bearing, Incorporated in June 1975 and was responsible for inventory and purchasing. Shortly thereafter, Kaman acquired Western Bearing and Liz has been with Kaman ever since. Liz was promoted to operations manager in the Salt Lake City Distribution Center and then moved into the role of director materials management. As Kaman continued its rapid growth, Liz was chosen to lead the company’s first centralized purchasing group. In 2001, Liz served as the distribution center manager and, under her leadership, the facility’s team became the highest performing DC operations group at Kaman. For the last three years, Liz has served as director of purchasing. Mrs. McDonald's son, Scott MacPherson, was on hand to present Liz with the award.
The 2014 recipient of the Wendy B. McDonald Award was 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. Mac 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. Mrs. McDonald's daughter, Penny Omnes (left), and son, Scott MacPherson (right), were on hand to present Pat with the award.