National Association of Professional Women Announces Susan A. Willis, Purchasing Manager at Westwind Corp., a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year

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Susan A. Willis is recognized as an NAPW VIP Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

Negotiating the best overall price for my company is always rewarding.

NAPW honors Susan A. Willis as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. Ms. Willis is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. As the largest, most-recognized networking organization of professional women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women is a powerfully vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 300 Local Chapters.

“I have a lot of product knowledge as well as people skills,” says Ms. Willis, Purchasing Manager at Westwind Corp. “I know many people in the industry and work hard to maintain the reputation that has followed me for over 31 years in this industry.”

Ms. Willis brings her expansive knowledge of the defense industry to her role at WestWind Corp., a company specializing in aircraft modification, cable harnessing and metal fabrication, along with her exceptional leadership skills and tireless work ethic. She began her career at Chrysler as an Administrative Assistant to the President. Her professionalism and efforts were soon recognized and she was quickly promoted to the purchasing department.

With the encouragement and motivation of a friend and co-worker, Ms. Willis flourished in her role in the purchasing department as Senior Buyer. When her position was eventually eliminated, Ms. Willis’ excellent reputation in the industry enabled her to quickly land her current managerial position at WestWind Corp.

Managing a team of three buyers, Ms. Willis ensures the accurate purchasing of products and services in support of the company’s contracts and manufacturing as well as the bidding for proposal efforts. She and her staff consistently strive to complete projects on time and on budget. “Negotiating the best overall price for my company is always rewarding,” she says.

Ms. Willis has a Bachelor of Science, in Marketing from Jacksonville State University.

NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive networking forum to successful professional women where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, tools and benefits, members interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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