NAWIC's 51st Annual Meeting and Convention A Red Hot Success

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The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) has a firm foundation, and after 50 years, it is still building strong.

Dale was an early pioneer tradeswoman. She was the first woman to complete the carpentry apprenticeship with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners in 1975. She took the knowledge she learned and has spent the last 30 years helping women gain skills and jobs in construction.

The 51st Annual Meeting and Convention held Sept. 6-9, in Kansas City, Mo., was a great success. Almost 600 women in all aspects of the construction industry gathered together to further their education during this four-day event. NAWIC also signed partnering agreements with four industry moguls. The Association partnered with Paxton/Patterson LLC, The ACE Mentor Program of America, FMI Corporation and The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). The partnering organizations seek to mutually promote the construction industry and the role of women in the industry.

Wednesday, Sept. 6

The NAWIC Marketplace was open for business, where sponsors and

partners were able to meet with almost 600 women. The First Timers

Orientation helped first-time attendees learn the ropes. The "Red Hot & Blues"

Welcome Party successfully kicked-off the event.

Thursday, Sept. 7

Sensational speaker Stedman Graham held the attention of all, as he presented "You Can Make it Happen: Nine Steps to Success." An Industry Luncheon followed to thank the partners and sponsors who helped make the Convention a success. The rest of the day was filled with professional seminars and tours of Kansas City.

Friday, Sept. 8

Friday started off with the Annual Meeting and was followed by an Awards Luncheon honoring individual and chapter accomplishments. The day concluded with more professional seminars.

Saturday, Sept. 9

The NAWIC Convention ended with the 12th Annual Crystal Vision Awards Gala. The evening was filled with delicious food, fun and wonderful entertainment provided by Bobbie Staten. Dale McCormick received the Crystal Vision Award, which is awarded to a nonmember of NAWIC, and Tari S. Rivera received the Crystal Achievement Award, which is awarded to a NAWIC member.

McCormick is Director of Maine State Housing (MSH), where she manages 125 employees and an $11 million budget. She works with MSH to finance more than $130 million in affordable housing projects each year. McCormick was the first woman to be elected Treasurer in the state of Maine.

Jane L. Gilbert, deputy commissioner of the state of Maine, describes McCormick, "Dale was an early pioneer tradeswoman. She was the first woman to complete the carpentry apprenticeship with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners in 1975. She took the knowledge she learned and has spent the last 30 years helping women gain skills and jobs in construction."

Rivera, a member of the Cleveland, Ohio, Chapter, is founder and president of Regency Construction Services, Inc., a construction management firm located in Lakewood, Ohio, primarily providing services to K-12 and university clients. She has encouraged and empowered women in construction by creating and implementing company policy at Regency Construction Services, Inc., mentoring women inside and outside her company, and establishing university programs that introduce engineering and construction opportunities to female students.

Mary J. Brashwitz, project engineer at Regency Construction Services, Inc., says, "In the 15 years I have had the privilege to work with Tari, I have seen many women promoted within the industry. She not only mentors women within the company but outside it as well … Her work ethic, sense of fairness and personal interest in the growth and development of her employees continue to pave the way for women and men in the construction industry today."

Thank you to the sponsors of NAWIC's 51st Annual Meeting and Convention.

  •      Paxton/Patterson, Carhartt, Sodexho, Timberland Pro, Principal Financial Group, United Rentals, Wal-Mart, Construction Process Solutions, LTD., JE Dunn Construction and McCarthy.

NAWIC, founded in 1955 by 16 determined women, is an international Association dedicated to enhancing the success of women in the construction industry. Today, NAWIC consists of more than 5,000 members in nearly 200 chapters across the United States. NAWIC also has affiliates in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. For interviews or to learn more about NAWIC, visit http://www.nawic.org or call (800) 552-3506.

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