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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.

Sandy Sullivan Receives the 2019 Wendy B. McDonald Award

Starting her sales career at ITW, Sandy began calling on
distributors when she chose the territory that included everything west of the Mississippi. She joined Nidec Motor Corporation/U.S. Motors in 2003, succeeding in roles in business development to market manager to regional sales manager to national account director. During her time at Nidec, Sandy’s role was to increase market share through distribution. To be successful in this role, one has to earn the support from field sales, management and production which Sandy was able to do seamlessly. Sandy’s work ethic was to “do whatever it takes” to solve an issue for her customers which established her as a critical contributor to her company’s success as well as the distributors with whom she worked.

In her acceptance speech Sandy said, “I would like EVERYONE to think about what you can do to inspire/mentor a female in the PT/MC industry. Send a hand-written note, encourage a female to tackle a difficult problem in your company with your support or expand the pool of qualified candidates to include a female with skills you are looking for outside of the industry. If everyone spends ten minutes thinking about this and then ACTS on it, our industry will be stronger and better off”.

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