The American Supply Association's Network 2016, Sept 28-30, at the Waldorf Astoria New York City, recognized the following members with awards during the event: Dottie Ramsey, president and chief operating officer, Modern Supply, Knoxville, Tenn., received the Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to individuals with a long history of service and dedication to the industry. Earlier this year, Ramsey announced her retirement as of January 2017.
From our “Industry Leading Ladies,” feature in our April 2016:
“In 1965, Ramsey started her career at Modern Supply as a pricing clerk. She was promoted to office manager, showroom manager, building department manager, administrative vice president, executive vice president, and finally to her current role as president and chief operating officer.
“In 1978, the founder of Modern Supply helped Ramsey get involved with Southwestern Wholesale Association’s Young Executive Committee, becoming the first woman to join. In 1981, she was named chairman of the SWA Young Executive Committee. From 1983 to 1986, she was the first woman to serve on SWA’s Board of Directors. In 1992, Ramsey was named the first woman president of SWA.
“Ramsey has also been very involved with the American Supply Association. From 1989 to 1993, she served on ASA’s Board of Directors for the Educational Foundation, becoming president of the foundation in 1993. In 2004, she was elected as president of ASA, gaining the opportunity to travel and met with wholesalers and vendors who became lifelong friends and business partners.
“With all of her contributions to the industry, Ramsey has not considered her job to be work. Because for her, working hard for something you love is passion.”
The IPD Executive Council's announcement of the award noted his four years of service as a U.S. Marine and nearly 50 years of service at F.W. Webb as well as to the entire industrial PVF industry. He was recognized for his values – honesty, sincerity, loyalty – and his knowledge and leadership, which have contributed greatly to the success of many people and companies.
AIM/R presents the Golden Eagle Award to an individual in senior level management of a manufacturing firm that utilizes manufacturers' reps, works cooperatively with them, promotes the industry and supports AIM/R.