Mary Alford is a Professional Engineer and one of the Principals of The Sustainable Design Group, an architectural and engineering consulting firm located in Gainesville, Florida. She grew up in construction – her parents starting the electrical contracting firm “Alford Electric”. Her mom, Betty Alford, was a member of NAWIC in Gainesville almost forty …View full post
I have been in the Door & Hardware Industry for 17 years and love it! I check out doors where ever I go…the hospital, movie theaters, even Universal Studios (much to the horror of my family). There is an endless amount to learn as products and technology are always advancing and codes are always changing. …View full post
Joy Gotwalt is President and majority owner of JoyTech Construction, Inc. – A full service construction management, design-build firm. Her career advice has been published in PWC Magazine, The NAWIC Image Magazine and was the subject of an article featured in the Gainesville Sun Newspaper. Ms. Gotwalt held the positions of Business Manager of PPI …View full post
Janalyn G. Peppel, Owner of Powder Coating of Gainesville and A Decor Store, located at 4333 NW 6th St., Gainesville, Fl. My family and I have been operating a local, family owned, small business for over 40 years. The Powder Coating business was established in 1998 to refinish small automotive and machine parts. Since then it has …View full post
Theresa Spurling-Wood, Leed AP, CIE is the Energy Conservation Specialist at Alachua County Public Schools. Spurling-Wood, formerly of Gainesville Regional Utilities, spent 20 years as a teacher in South Florida and worked as an energy contractor for a number of years. She is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional. Theresa is our …View full post
Monique successfully litigates construction cases for Dell Graham involving construction and design defect claims, delay claims, claim of liens, insurance claims, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, workers’ compensation claims and other construction-related claims, including environmental compliance. Monique represents owners, construction managers, general contractors, municipalities and sureties in all aspects of construction and commercial litigation in addition to …View full post
Mary Alford is a Professional Engineer and one of the Principals of The Sustainable Design Group, an architectural and engineering consulting firm located in Gainesville, Florida. She grew up in construction – her parents starting the electrical contracting firm “Alford Electric”. Her mom, Betty Alford, was a member of NAWIC in Gainesville almost forty years ago.
TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL was a Great Success!
Our evening started off with a welcome message and introduction of our Region 3 Director, Jean Cox. Jean shared with us what NAWIC means to her and how being a member has helped to enhance her career.
Next up was inspiring our attendees to find out more about business social media. We played the popular Social Media Revolution youtube video. If you haven’t seen the video yet, please check it out. The statistics presented make you say, wow!
We were fortunate to have Susan Snyder and Margaret Downey join us from the Executive Women’s Golf Association. Margaret Downey, GM-L&D Strategies – CSX Transportation shared with us “The Secrets To Using Golf As A Business Tool”. Here are some interesting statistics she noted in her presentation.
Key findings of Starwood Survey
– 45% say clients are more likely to give you their business if you golf together
– 59% believe the way a person plays golf is the way he/she behaves in business
– 57% say a hothead on the golf course is probably bad tempered at work
– 92% say people stressed at work would get more relief if they played golf
– 92% use golf as a way to make business contacts
– 97% of executives view golf with a business associate as a way to establish a close relationship
With our January to-do lists growing (engage with social media, learn to golf!) we needed to focus on stress relief and fitness. And boy did we! Angela Betancourt from Studio Z in Gainesville brought three of her instructors to do a Zumba demonstration. Each instructor did a song and gave us a great workout. Many of the ladies were inspired to check out Angela’s studio.
Maria Houle, a Project Executive with Skanksa brought us back to our career focus. Maria shared with us four questions she asked herself that helped her focus her career efforts. Ask yourself (and answer) these four questions.
What is it that you really want to be and do?
What are you doing really well that is helping you get there?
What are you not doing well that is preventing you from getting there?
What will you do different tomorrow to meet those challenges?
We are building women career skills here, so our workshop wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t pick up tips on dressing for success. Sylvia and Kelsey from White House Black Market put on a great demonstration on how to build a professional wardrobe with money saving tips! It doesn’t get better than that!
Our last presentation was SCORE of Gainesville. SCORE provides free and confidential Business Counseling and Mentoring for new or established businesses in a 5 county area. Reach out to organizations like SCORE for valuable tools and information.
Our evening ended with a toast to Jill Carter and Sharon Lottinville for their many years of devoted service to our chapter. Jill, recently retired, and Sharon, soon to be retired will be very missed on the board, but they’re not going too far. They will both stay members, hopefully for a long time!
It was a great evening full of fun and information. We would like to make this an annual event, so be on the lookout for info on “TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL 2014″!
I have been in the Door & Hardware Industry for 17 years and love it! I check out doors where ever I go…the hospital, movie theaters, even Universal Studios (much to the horror of my family). There is an endless amount to learn as products and technology are always advancing and codes are always changing.
AG Wilson Building Solutions is a relatively new venture for me and I am excited about the possibilities. As a manufacturers’ representative, I am bringing all of my channels of networking together to create a professional and profitable alliance between all parties involved in the construction process.
I am a proud member of The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). I am serving as President for our Local Gainesville Chapter this year.