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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.

Click here for a 2018 nomination form and award criteria

Tribby Warfield, Nitta Industries Europe, Receives the 2017 Wendy B. McDonald Award

Many people in the power transmission/motion control industry know Tribby from her more than 25 year career at Gates Corporation where she served in key management and operational roles including business development, product marketing and field sales management. Tribby held positions as President, North America Commercial; President, North America Power Transmission and Vice President of Gates Industrial Power Transmission operations, where she was headquartered in Belgium.

In 2014, Tribby moved to the other side of the aisle when she joined Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation as Senior Vice President. In 2016, she also became the General Manager of Automation, Control & Energy Platform. Recently, Tribby became the Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategies for NITTA Industries Europe, a provider of flat power transmission belting serving the markets of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

In addition to her work accomplishments, Tribby is also seen as an influencer by her peers in our industry.  She has been especially passionate about the Industrial Careers Pathway initiative, serving as chair of the ICP Steering Committee where she was a driving force in promoting the program’s successes and milestones and leveraging the talents of key alliance partners. Over her career, Tribby has shown the perseverance, energy, dedication and determination to lead and succeed, much like Wendy McDonald did. Coupling her tenacity with a big heart and caring personality has made her a great representative of and deserving recipient of the Wendy B. McDonald Award.

In her acceptance speech, Tribby said, "I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this award. No person is self made. We all arrive by having many people touch our lives. I want to thank those who touched mine."

Please enjoy this video of Tribby's acceptance speech.

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