WHVACR Celebrates Past, Future Legacies at First Stand-alone Conference
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As the old saying goes, “Everything is bigger in Texas.” This was certainly the case during Women in HVACR’s (WHVACR’s) 14th annual — and first stand-alone — conference, which was held in Fort Worth, Texas, at Tarrant County College Center of Excellence in Energy Technology (TCC).
“This is a milestone event for us,” said Mary Jo Gentry, vice president of WHVACR and marketing communications manager, Yellow Jacket Products, Ritchie Engineering Co. Inc. “This is our 14th annual conference, and, typically, we average 40 to 50 women in attendance. At this first stand-alone conference, we have 120 attendees. Now, 60 of them are from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, so we attribute some of it to the locality. But, we are very proud of the fact we have more than doubled the size of our attendance.”
Not only is WHVACR growing in event attendance, membership is also growing with more than 500 members, Gentry noted. Even the organization’s scholarship program, which started with one annual scholarship, expanded to award three $2,000 scholarships this past year. The winners were Monica Urquides, Antioch, California; Samantha Hacker, Middle River, Maryland; and Karin Dahlin, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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