Category: Women in the Mechanical Industry

Ashley Martin Is ASA’s Woman of the Year

Ashley Martin of NIBCO INC., a member of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council Governing Board, received the first annual Alice A. Martin Woman of the Year Award from the American Supply Association.  The award recognizes women who have a record of significant accomplishment within the industry and who embody the character of the late Alice Martin: Embracing education and encouraging inventive ideas; promoting women within our industry; inspiring others through her work and example; and being a bold leader that others emulate.

WiMI Conference is Sold Out

MCAA and MSCA are hosting our first Women in the Mechanical Industry Conference this summer, bringing together women leaders from across the country. The conference will be held June 24-26, 2019 in Chicago, IL. All women employed by an MSCA or MCAA member company are encouraged to join us for this unique opportunity. The program will feature several exceptional speakers, including Nicole Malachowski, who was recently inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. The conference line-up is sure to inspire you to dream big and hone your skills to enable you to become better leaders and role models. Only a few spots remain, so register today!

Share of Women Working in Construction Highest in 20 Years

According to an article published by Contracting Business, between 2017 and 2018, the number of women working in construction trades increased by 17.6 percent, rising to well over a quarter of a million women (276,000). While this growth is the highest in over two decades, women still remain underrepresented in the field.

“In 2019, women’s stark under-representation in these well-paid jobs is disconcerting, but it is very encouraging to see such strong growth in the number of women entering the construction trades. The industry still has more work to do to attract and retain women in these jobs and create a work environment that is welcoming to all workers, regardless of their gender, race, or ethnicity. Women-focused pre-apprenticeship programs and tradeswomen organizations are doing great work to help the industry adapt to a changing future of work,” comments Ariane Hegewisch, Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) Program Director on Employment & Earnings.

These findings are something to celebrate as well as motivation for the MCAA/MSCA Women in the Mechanical Industry (WiMI) to make strides in closing this gap.

Read full article from Contracting Business here.

Ferguson and DEWALT Show Their Support for the WiMI Initiative

Ferguson and DEWALT showed their support for MCAA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative during MCAA19. Ferguson underwrote two $5,000 Ferguson – Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarships that recognized high-achieving female students working towards degrees related to our industry. DEWALT collected more than 1,500 signatures in support of the WiMI Initiative and donated $7,500 to WiMI’s efforts.

Katty Kay Provides Key to Raising Confident Girls

During MCAA19, WiMI-sponsored special guest speaker Katty Kay helped the audience understand how confidence is more important than competence in achieving success. Katty Kay, lead anchor of BBC World News America, is the co-author of The Confidence Code and The Confidence Code for Girls. Her empowering, entertaining presentation provided attendees with the keys to ensuring their daughters grew up confident, bold, and brave. She inspired women to understand that confidence – the lynchpin of success – is a choice and explained ways to break out of comfort zones and take risks that pay off.

WiMI Networking Reception at MCAA Convention Well Attended

Over 120 MCAA/MSCA women executives, manufacturer-supplier representatives, local association executives and students got together for a networking reception during the recent MCAA19 convention in Phoenix, AZ. WiMI chair Kori Gormley-Huppert kicked off the event by welcoming all the women and updating them on WiMI activities over the past year. WiMI committee members were introduced and the two Ferguson-WiMI scholarship winners congratulated. The attendees enjoyed the opportunity to meet new friends, share ideas and challenges and foster new networks of contacts.

Lindsey Stasi and Madelyn Conway Received Ferguson – Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarships at MCAA19

Lindsey Stasi, a sophomore at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Madelyn Conway, a junior at Purdue University, received $5,000 Ferguson – Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarships. For the first time, Ferguson is underwriting these scholarships, which recognize high-achieving female students working towards a degree relative to the mechanical industry. To mark this new partnership, the scholarships were presented by Todd Young, Vice President, Commercial Business at Ferguson and Kori Gormley Huppert, Chair of Women in the Mechanical Industry.

WiMI Made a Show at MCAA19

MCAA/MSCA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry had a strong presence at this year’s MCAA Annual Convention in Phoenix, AZ, March 3-7, 2019. Attendees added to their 2019 conference experience by testing out their swing at the Virtual Longest Drive Simulator, sponsored by WiMI. Two $500 gift cards were awarded daily to the top male and female scorers.

WiMI also sponsored two power-house woman speakers this year. BBC World News America’s lead anchor and co-author of The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know and The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self, Katty Kay, emphasized the importance of confidence and how with it, we can take on the world! Yet when we show up without it; we don’t ask for raises, request that important meeting, or take risks. In the success equation, research shows that confidence is even more critical than competence. Katty answered questions about where confidence comes from, why women tend to have less of it than their talents deserve and what we can do to acquire more of it!

Amy Marks, an industry thought leader and agent for change, discussed how to recognize the roadblocks, identify real opportunities, and create transformational change within the construction industry and your own business. She hit on the real roadblocks to success in enabling prefabrication, off-site, and modern methods of construction. Attendees left the discussion with a knowledge of worldwide trends in prefabrication and off-site construction as well as best practices for envisioning, creating and optimization prefab readiness. Amy is the CEO of XSite Modular, a design build firm that also offers consulting in modern methods of construction. Her firm focuses on the use of off-site prefabrication and the incorporation of design for manufacturing and assembly principles into complex, technology-embedded buildings.

All women in the mechanical industry were invited to attend the WiMI Reception Monday afternoon. Many took advantage of this great opportunity to meet and network with other amazing women in the construction and service industry.

See below for the full list of WiMI sponsored activities at MCAA19!

  • Virtual Longest Drive Simulator
  • Katty Kay: The Confidence Code for Women and Girls
  • Amy Marks: Driving Innovation with Modern Methods of Construction
  • WiMI Reception

Women Leaders Shape the Future of Women in the Mechanical Industry

Twenty-five of MCAA/MSCA’s top women leaders and manufacturer-supplier executives met this week in Arizona to shape the future of Women in the Mechanical Industry. Excitement was evident throughout the event as the attendees shared challenges and inspiring stories of success and accomplishments in their own businesses. Through brainstorming and strategic sessions, the attendees discussed an array of programming options to help women in the industry advance their careers, network, share resources and mentor young women entering the industry. Attendees left the event with a renewed sense of community and a new network of peers. Stay tuned for additional information about WiMI events and programs for the coming year.

Know Your MCERF Board Members – Professor Kristy Wolfe

In each installment of this series, we will profile a member of the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation’s (MCERF) Board of Trustees. These volunteers represent the association’s contractor, service, and manufacturer/supplier members, as well as its local affiliates and academic advisers. They work behind the scenes to raise money and ensure the standards necessary to make MCAA successful in meeting the mega- education and research issues confronting its members.

In 2018, MCERF added a second university educator to its Board of Trustees, to ensure it leverages the network of university student chapters and faculty advisers MCAA continues to develop. Meet MCERF’s newest Trustee, Professor Kristy L. Wolfe from Bradley University.

“I am truly honored to serve on the MCERF Board of Trustees with such a distinguished group of individuals.  I have witnessed the tremendous impact this organization has had on the student chapters and have personally benefited from the MEAC program.  MCERF is critical to the development of young professionals seeking a career in the mechanical industry and I am excited to be a part of that!” 


Professor Wolfe is from Edelstein, Illinois, and is a proud graduate of Bradley University. She started her construction career with the United Stales Army Corps of Engineers in Germany.

While with the Corps, she received a master’s degree from the University of Missouri, Rolla. She also spent a year teaching at the United States Army Engineer School.

She served in a variety of positions at Caterpillar, including operations supervisor, process engineer, and facilities engineer. She has been teaching at Bradley since 2008. She currently also serves as the Faculty Adviser for the MCAA Student Chapter at Bradley University.

For more information about MCERF, contact Dennis Langley.


Introducing the Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative Page

MCAA/MSCA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative has a new home on the MCAA website! If you’re a woman executive or employee of an MCAA/MSCA member company, this page will keep you up to date on our efforts to enable women in the mechanical industry to further enrich their careers through networking, educational, mentoring and career development opportunities beyond those already offered through membership in MCAA and MSCA.

Targeted Programming for Women Professionals Continues at MSCA18

If you’re a woman executive or employee of an MCAA/MSCA member company and you’re headed to MSCA18, join us for a luncheon and discussion on Monday, October 22. This is a unique opportunity to develop some important connections!

The event continues MCAA/MSCA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry initiative, a forum to enable women in the mechanical industry to further enrich their careers through networking, educational, mentoring and career development opportunities beyond those already offered through membership in MCAA and MSCA.

A New Way for Women Professionals to Connect at MCAA & MSCA

MCAA and MSCA have a new and free benefit of membership for the women executives and employees of our member companies. Our new forum will enable women in the mechanical industry to further enrich their careers through networking, educational, mentoring and career development opportunities beyond those already offered through membership in MCAA and MSCA. We kicked things off at MCAA18 and the networking continues at MSCA18. Keep an eye on for more information…coming soon!

MSCA Appoints First Female Chair of MSCA Board of Managers


Mechanical Service Contractors of America Names First Woman Chair of MSCA Board of Managers

Jaimi Lomas, VP of Service, A.O. Reed & Co., makes MSCA history

ROCKVILLE, MD—The Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA) announced the appointment of Jaimi Lomas, vice president of service at A. O. Reed in San Diego, CA, as the first woman chair of the MSCA board of managers during its 32nd annual education conference in Boca Raton, Florida. Kip Bagley, vice president of service at EMCOR Services, Mesa Energy Systems, Irvine, CA, will serve as vice chairman, Steve Smith, senior vice president of ACCO Engineered Systems, Inc., Glendale, CA, will serve as treasurer and Chris Carter, vice president of service at Murphy Company, St. Louis, MO, will now serve as past chairman.

Jaimi Lomas, vice president of service for A.O. Reed & Co. in San Diego, CA is a 20+ year veteran of the company and is responsible for sales, operations, and the overall growth and financial health of the service division. With over 10 years in her current role at A.O. Reed & Co., Jaimi is expert in building strategic customer relationships and has a true passion for developing internal culture and mentoring employee success.  As a female in a male dominated industry, Jaimi is focused on building an inclusive and diverse organization that reflects the community and allows individuals to contribute and reach their full potential. Jaimi was selected as the 2011 HVAC Woman of the Year by HVAC News, and has been an active leader with BOMA in San Diego for over 20 years. She has served on the MSCA marketing committee for 10 years and as its chairman for the past two years as well as serving on the MSCA Board of Managers for six years. Jaimi is currently President of the Mechanical Service Contractors of San Diego. For over a decade she has been a committed Big Sister for Girls Rising where she has inspired many young women.