AWMI Announces Member of the Year Award

Written by Sandy Williams

AWMI, August 26, 2015: Mary A. Wardle, Sales Manager, Western Region, for Steelscape has been named Member of the Year by the Association of Women in the Metal Industries (AWMI), the highest honor awarded by the organization that supports and encourages leadership roles of women in the metal industries. Ms. Wardle was nominated by her peers and selected by the association’s International Board of Directors at its annual meeting based on her long involvement in AWMI at the chapter, regional and international levels. She currently serves as International Membership Chair on the Executive Board for AWMI.

“Mary exemplifies AWMI’s goals of education, mentoring, networking and growth with her dedication and enthusiasm to our members at all levels of our organization. She is truly an exceptional member and metals professional who richly deserves this recognition,” said Donna Peters, International President of AWMI.

Her involvement in AWMI began in the mid-1980s and spanned over two decades at the chapter level. Ms. Wardle later served on the regional level, first as Regional Secretary and then as Regional Director, which placed her on the AWMI Executive Committee. She was appointed International Membership Chair earlier this year, which includes a seat on the International Executive Committee.

Ms. Wardle resides in Northern California and has a long career in purchasing, sales and customer service in the steel industry. Mary is a firm believer in volunteering for the community and currently sits on the Board for two Foundations that have a goal of giving back to the community. She has raised two wonderful sons and enjoys golfing, camping and softball.

Ms. Wardle will be formally recognized as Member of the Year at the AWMI 2015 Annual Conference November 12-14 in Tucson, Ariz.

The Association of Women in the Metal Industries (AWMI) is an organization of professionals, founded in California in 1981, to promote and develop the growth of women in the metal industries. AWMI believes that women in similar industries can benefit themselves and their companies through relationships, education and shared knowledge. The programs and activities of AWMI are intended to enhance members’ skills and experience, address challenges confronting the industry, and promote members’ career growth with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of women employed in the metal industries. Membership is open to both women and men who are seeking to develop all aspects of their professional development and career advancement. For more information, visit

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