WiMI is Making a Show at MCAA19

MCAA/MSCA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry will have a strong presence at this year’s MCAA Annual Convention in Phoenix, AZ, March 3-7, 2019. Add to your 2019 conference experience by testing out your swing at the Virtual Longest Drive Simulator, sponsored by WiMI. The simulator will be open every day. Two $500 gift cards will be awarded daily to the top male and female scorers.

WiMI is also sponsoring 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 Kaywill emphasize 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 will answer 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, will discuss how to recognize the roadblocks, identify real opportunities, and create transformational change within the construction industry and your own business. She will hit on the real roadblocks to success in enabling prefabrication, off-site, and modern methods of construction. You’ll leave 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 are invited to attend the WiMI Reception Monday afternoon. Take advantage of this great opportunity to meet and network with other amazing women in the construction and service industry.

See below for the detailed schedule of WiMI sponsored activities at MCAA19!

Virtual Longest Drive Simulator
All week long
Ballroom Foyer

Katty Kay: The Confidence Code for Women and Girls
Monday, March 4, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Grand Sonoran A-E

Amy Marks: Driving Innovation with Modern Methods of Construction
Monday, March 4, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Grand Sonoran F

WiMI Reception
Monday, March 4, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Wildflower Ballroom

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.

UA-MCAA Event at Women Build Nations Conference a Huge Success

More than 200 tradeswomen enjoyed a dinner cruise for UA members attending the 2018 Women Build Nations Conference. Members of MCAA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative Steering Committee who represented the association at the event enjoyed meeting and talking with the women and hearing their stories of why they joined the trade and their aspirations for the future.

MCAA and the UA sponsored the event with additional support provided by MCAA Manufacturer/Supplier Council members MILWAUKEE TOOL and LAARS, a Bradford White Company.

This year saw the largest contingent of UA tradeswomen ever at the conference, which offers educational programs, networking and recruiting opportunities. The annual event for women in the trades is sponsored by North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and Apprenticeship & Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW).

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.

 

MCAA and the UA Partner on Women Build Nations Conference Event

MCAA and the UA will cosponsor a dinner cruise for UA and MCAA representatives attending the 2018 Women Build Nations Conference. Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative Steering Committee members will represent us at the event, which takes place October 12-14, 2018 in Seattle, WA. The conference offers opportunities for women in the trades and industry stakeholders to network and share challenges and experiences.

Ferris Student Marjorie Banda Receives MSCA Scholarship

Marjorie Banda, a freshman in Ferris State University’s HVACR program, was the recipient of this year’s MSCA Scholarship in recognition of her scholastic achievement. In a thank you letter to MSCA Executive Director Barbara Dolim, Marjorie said, “I am truly grateful for the financial support that I have received from you as an organization. It will definitely make a big difference and leave a mark that will be with me as long as I live. I am motivated to work even harder in school and obtain my HVACR Bachelor’s Degree.”

Marjorie is involved in several student organizations, including the Greater Michigan MSCA Student Chapter, which presented the scholarship.

In the conclusion to her letter, Marjorie noted that, “Supporting females like myself in STEM programs instills confidence in women that indeed the industry does believe that women do have the potential to contribute to the industry.”

MSCA provides scholarship money annually to the MSCA Chapter of Ferris State University to be awarded to a student (or students) in the university’s HVACR program, as selected by department faculty, based on scholastic achievement and other criteria. MSCA representatives serve on the department’s advisory board and chapter members are invited to attend the annual MSCA conference where they have an opportunity to meet with MSCA members from around the country.

Kathleen McCauley Elected to the MCAA Board of Directors

Kathleen (Kathy) McCauley was unanimously elected to MCAA’s Board of Directors this week.

She is the President of McCauley Mechanical Construction, Inc., a full-service mechanical contractor with projects ranging from boiler and chiller installation to medical-gas and industrial piping, and complete Design/Build and HVAC service maintenance services. The company, with headquarters in Bridgeview, IL, serves the Chicagoland area.

Kathy serves on MCAA’s Project Managers Education Committee, which oversees the curriculum for the Institute for Project Management and Advanced Institute for Project Management. She is also a member of the Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative Steering Committee.

She previously served on the Career Development Committee, the driving force behind MCAA’s Career Development Initiative. She spoke at MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum and its predecessor, the Student Chapter Summit. In addition, she provided the project for the 2013-2014 Student Chapter Competition.

She is a graduate of MCAA’s Advanced Leadership Institute.

At the local level, she has held a variety of positions with the MCA of Chicago, where her efforts were recognized with the organization’s Distinguished Service Award. She was the association’s President, Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors. Her committee service has included chairing the association’s Technology Committee as well as serving on committees addressing Engineering, Codes, JATC, JAB, and Green Building. She also serves as a trustee with the Pipe Fitters UA local 597 Pension/Health & Welfare.

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.

Women in the Mechanical Industry Presented Inaugural Scholarships at MCAA18

Anna Rowe, a junior from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Sarah Drummey, a senior from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, each received a $5,000 Women in the Mechanical Industry scholarship. The scholarships, which were presented by Women in the Mechanical Industry Co-Chair Jaimi Lomas, who is also Chair of MSCA, recognize the students’ exceptional scholastic achievement and leadership skills. Women in the Mechanical Industry is a new forum to further enrich the careers of women in the industry through networking, educational, mentoring and career development opportunities beyond those already offered through membership in MCAA and MSCA.

MCAA Kicked Off Targeted Programming for Women Professionals at MCAA18

Our association’s leading women kicked off our Women in the Mechanical Industry forum with a networking reception. During the event, women learned how the forum will further enrich their careers through networking, educational, mentoring and career development opportunities beyond those already offered through membership in MCAA and MSCA. Women in the Mechanical Industry also sponsored a special session on two proven career advancement strategies measured to have the strongest payoff for women professionals.

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 mcaa.org for more information…coming soon!

MSCA Appoints First Female Chair of MSCA Board of Managers

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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.