Martha Barton, CEM, director of exhibitor services in the Lab’s Symposium Office took home the “Saleswoman of the Year” award at the inaugural Empowering Women in Industry one-day conference and gala in Chicago last week. Barton was among eleven other women who were celebrated with awards in categories including leadership, manufacturing, marketing, engineering, advocacy and innovation.
More than 60 nominations were collected by the Empowering Brands team, host of the conference and gala, and reviewed by a steering committee of 20 women who work in male-dominated industries.
“I’ve watched Martha dramatically redefine how an industry interacts with rotating equipment and engineering teams,” read the nomination letter from Andy Martin, director of marketing and social media at PumpWorks. “I’ve watched Martha drive attendance targets with meaningful deliverables, actively engaged on many levels.”
Barton has served as exhibitor services director for 16 years. In this role, she oversees all aspects of exhibitor services for the Lab’s continuing education events, which include the Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia and the Asia Turbomachinery & Pump Symposium.
“I am both blessed and humbled at being nominated and then to receive the Saleswoman of the Year award for 2019,” Barton said. “I have always felt relationship building was a strong gift of mine and made it the basis for both my personal and professional life. I firmly believe genuine relationships are the catalyst for success in every walk of my life.”
Organizations from across the industry were invited to sponsor an award and send a representative to the gala to announce the recipient. The Turbomachinery Laboratory sponsored the “Leadership in Reliability and Operations” honor, earned by Heather Hey, director of operations for FS-Curtis in St. Louis, Missouri. Brooke West, communications director for the Turbo Lab, presented the award.
The next Empowering Women in Industry conference and gala will be held in New Orleans, October 8, 2020.
The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Turbomachinery Laboratory makes a vital impact on turbomachinery and related industries through research, education and professional workforce development.
I’ve watched Martha dramatically redefine how an industry interacts with rotating equipment and engineering teams. I’ve watched Martha drive attendance targets with meaningful deliverables, actively engaged on many levels.
Andy Martin, PumpWorks