November 2015


WIFI + Vegas = Great Connections


Women in the Fastener Industry held its 6th annual Speaker Series and Networking Event at the NIFMS Expo 2015 in Las Vegas in October. A big “thank you” goes out to our fabulous sponsors this year: The Olander Company, Big Red Fasteners, InxSql, Brighton Best, The Aderman Company and Advance Components.


Featured speaker Tom Payne entertained and educated the crowd with tips on how diversity in the workplace, and diverse ways of thinking, can bring success to your business and personal life. “Tom’s presentation was great and so were the attendees. We were able to connect with many of our existing members and introduce ourselves to new members. I’m already looking forward to next year's show,” said WIFI president Cris Young.

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WIFI raised more than $600 during its very popular raffle, which featured an Apple Watch and other great prizes. Laura Poletti of General Inspection took home the watch, while other winners included Vanessa O’Rourke of Beacon, Gail Freidberg of Zago Manufacturing, Suzy Cravens of Advance Components, Donna Ward of Distribution One, Pamela Thornton of Best Built and Mary Chambers of Assembly Products.


Lending a hand during the event and at the WIFI booth was Nora Hluz of Brighton Best, who was the recipient of the 2015 Edith Cameron Scholarship.

“This experience has changed me in so many ways that it’s hard to describe.  I encourage all women in this industry to apply for the wonderful WIFI scholarships and to take advantage of the mentoring available”, said Hluz.


The WIFI board re-elected Cris Young to serve another year as president and other board members will continue in their current roles. WIFI committees are gearing up for another year of valuable connections, mentoring and education. All WIFI members are eligible for scholarships and positions on the board and various committees.

Board Members & Committees for 2016

Cris Young of Hudson Fasteners will continue as president of the WIFI Board for 2016. Returning board members are Mary "Lou" Aderman, Pam Berry, Nancy Rich, Rosa Hearn and Carrie King. 


Committes and chairs are: Membership - Nancy Rich, Rosa Hearn; Scholarship - Cris Young; 

Mentoring - Mary Lou Aderman; Communications/Events - Pam Berry; .
Contact WIFI if you would like to volunteer on any of our committees or are interested in serving on the board.


Become a WIFI member and join the conversation. Receive  scholarship and mentoring opportunities, our quarterly newsletter, and reduced rates at WIFI and other industry events. Individual membership: $50 a year; Corporate memberships: $200 for 5-9 members, $350 for 10+