2015 Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing
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Beginning in February, SVAM accepted nominations for the 2015 Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing Award. SVAM asked its member companies to nominate one woman within their company they felt rises about the rest. This is the second year that SVAM has given this award.
The purpose of the award is to show the significant role that women play in manufacturing. This award highlights women, at all levels, who have demonstrated excellence in manufacturing. It encourages women who work in the manufacturing environment to continue to strive for excellence and also helps to showcase a different side of manufacturing, which can often be seen as a male-dominated field.
Nominations were scored based on company impact, personal drive, adapting to change, teamwork, and leadership.
The winner of the 2015 Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing Award is
Donna Kestner of Scholle IPN.
(Pictured: Lennie Gail Mitcham, SVAM Executive Director; Donna Kester, 2015 Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing Award Winner; Gil Graham, Scholle Plant Manager)
SVAM’s selection committee noted in their comments that they were particularly impressed with her personal drive and initiative having started at an entry level position and worked herself up to a lead role at Scholle.
Her nominator, Doug Nelms, said, “Donna is one of the ‘go to’ employees in the plant in regards to quality. She is extremely dependable and constantly keeps a smile on her face. She finds the positive in people and most situations.”
Donna was presented with her award in front of her peers at a Scholle meeting.
The finalists for the award were:
Principle Project Engineer
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
in Marion, Virginia
in Lebanon, Virginia