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PTDA Foundation | Wendy B. McDonald Woman of the Year Award

Wendy B. McDonald Woman of the Year Award

Shawn Marken, BDI, to Receive the 2022 Wendy B. McDonald
Woman of the Year Award


The Wendy B. McDonald Woman of the Year 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 at any level in her career. Help honor the lasting and impactful change she is igniting through her leadership with nomination for this prestigious award. 

The 2022 award recipient, Shawn Marken, BDI, will be honored during the PTDA Industry Summit, October 27-29 in Nashville, Tenn.

Shawn's career began at Bearing Service Co., Inc. as an administrative assistant creating customer invoices and led her on a successful path that has garnered respect and admiration for her integral contributions as manager of BDI’s Priority Accounts Data Support Team.

Shawn and her team manage large customer files ranging from 500 to 40,000+ lines, performing sales analysis, organizing contract quotes and loading customer info into the BDI system. According to her colleague, Bill Shepard, Vice President, “There are not any significant priority account relationships that Shawn hasn't played an integral role in winning, implementing and optimizing.”

Shawn entered the business in a time when women were not given many opportunities for advancement. During her 40-plus year career, she advanced into various leadership and management positions—from personnel supervisor to insurance administrator, to database editor and many more. She gained knowledge and respect all along the way, bringing other women into the fold, helping them advance and building a team that contributes to the success of BDI’s business and the industry.

“Shawn has built a foundation of excellence in data management and process automation that has been taught to many others within our company,” says Shepard. “She is one of the primary resources that has enabled BDI to grow the priority accounts business over the past 15-20 years––one of our largest and fastest growing segments.” Shawn led and participated in the successful implementation of complex product information management systems (PIM), data cleansing and manipulation tools, ERP systems, inventory control systems and many other applications that are the foundation of how BDI does business today.

Shawn is a sought-out colleague for her business acumen as well as her desire to grow the knowledge and experience of her team. As one colleague described Shawn in a letter to BDI’s U.S. president: "Shawn is not a manager. She is a leader. She has shown an abundance of patience, kindness and understanding. She is constantly busy with her work, but always makes time to not only answer questions our team has (and we have a lot), but she makes it a point to TEACH us the answers. Shawn is an incredibly great asset, and I am very fortunate to be able to learn from her daily."

Watch Shawn's acceptance speech:


About the Award

In honor of Mrs. McDonald, the PTDA Foundation established the Wendy B. McDonald Award, now the Wendy B. McDonald Woman of the Year Award, which 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 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.

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