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the leading association for the power transmission/motion control industrial distribution channel, bringing together distributors and manufacturers.

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.


C.C. Vest, Midpoint Bearing, Receives the 2020 Wendy B. McDonald Award
 

C.C. began her bearing and power transmission career in 1979 at Bearings & Drives, a southern California distributor that remains operational today.
 
Hired as an office clerk, C.C. gained favor with the branch manager by conducting any and all tasks required to advance her understanding of her role in the industry. It was a short time before she was promoted to assistant manager followed by a new job in sales for a bearing manufacturer/rebuilder company.
 
In 1985, C.C. became the co-founder of a new bearing distribution company called Midpoint Bearing. C.C. was instrumental in creating a business strategy in which the company focused on supplying bearings to the electric motor repair industry. Additionally, Midpoint Bearing found success with a local steel mill and C.C. oversaw the account with determination, making Midpoint Bearing a local company to reckon with and a company to respect.
 
In her career, C.C. navigated the power transmission industry with a never give up attitude and determination that helped blaze trails that lead to the acceptance of women salespeople in the bearing industry.

Watch C.C.'s acceptance speech:

 


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