Next Meeting February 11th




Next Meeting October 8th

RedRosesJoin us

October 8th at 6:00pm for our

Annual Installation Banquet
Join Us in Installing our
2013/2014 Chapter Board

TSG Water Resources, INC
2401 N.E. 18th Terrace, Suite B


Next Meeting August 13th

Meeting PicStay tuned for details on our next meeting, August 13th!  It will be at 5:30 at the offices of TSG Water Resources, INC located at 2401 N.E. 18th Terrace, Suite BGainesville, Florida 32609.

We hope to see you there.



Next Meeting – May 14th


FORUM 2013!

Picked out your pirate attire yet?  If you haven’t registered already, you should get a move on!  Discounted Registration for this great event ends April 1st.  It’s sure to be a blast!!


Member Spotlight: Mary Alford

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.

Partnering with Architect Jennifer Langford, The Sustainable Design Group was formed in 2008. Since that time they have designed and certified multiple green buildings and homes, achieving Silver, Gold and the coveted Platinum certifications.   In addition they have worked with HVAC and insulation contractors to help existing buildings work more efficiently, and with individual homeowners to solve problems with moisture and mold, and even in Haiti to build homes safe from hurricanes, earthquakes and even bullets.  In addition, The Sustainable Design Group provides consulting and project management to large clients like Progress Energy and Duke Energy, environmental compliance consulting, stormwater engineering, sustainability planning, and urban design services.
Mary is a sixth generation Floridian and likes to brag that mosquitoes don’t bite her.  But having much of her family’s history and heritage in Florida has made her an outspoken advocate for Florida’s environment.   She would like to see more quality urban development and less sprawl, better public transportation, and conservation of our most valuable resources – unspoiled habitat for wildlife, clean water for drinking and recreation, and preservation of the heritage of the Florida pioneers – fishing, farming, cattle – through sustainable means.   It is probably no surprise that she likes to spend what leisure time she has out of doors, though you can also find her cooking or canning, and sometimes with her nose deep in a book.


Hard Hat Happy Hour – 3/8


Our Next Event



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″!



Member Spotlight: Amanda Wilson

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.

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