New Leadership at AWMI

Written by Sandy Williams

The Association of Women in the Metal Industries (AWMI) will have new leadership beginning in 2019. Sonya Malvick was elected president of AWMI at the organization’s annual conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., in November.

Malvick is a 25-year veteran of the steel industry, beginning her career at Zalk Joseph Fabricators and later moving to the steel service center industry in sales. She currently works as an outside sales representative for Olympic Steel in Gary, Ind.

“I am thrilled to be moving into the role of international president working alongside some great leaders as we look to ‘make change’ during my upcoming term,” Malvick said. “In this ever-changing industry, succession planning, communication, leadership training and technology will be big parts of our goals for this next term. AWMI’s four cornerstones–‘mentor, grow, network and educate’–will be in the forefront as we look to increase both individual and corporate membership goals. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for both myself personally and this organization.”

Mary Wardle, a 36-year veteran at Steelscape LLC, was elected as vice president of AWMI. Wardle began her career in the company’s accounting department, transitioning into the purchasing and inventory control division before settling into customer service and eventually outside sales. She is currently working as sales manager of Steelscape’s western region and is based in Northern California.

Anna Tompkins and Sian Marcone also were elected as marketing chair and mentoring chair, respectively. Tompkins is currently director of marketing at Rockville, Md.-based Atlantic Recycling Group, while Marcone is marketing manager at Pittsburgh-based Arconic.

Malvick and her newly elected team will serve two-year terms.

AWMI is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to empowering women in metal industries. For more information, please visit

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