RACINE, WI. – InSinkErator and the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Professional Women in Building Council (PWB) recognized members at this year’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas for outstanding work with their local councils. The awards ceremony was held during the 60th annual PWB Spike Club Reception.
The PWB Spike Program provides recognition for member recruiters whose efforts throughout the year bring in new members to the Council and its affiliates. PWB welcomed new councils in 2014, and membership ranks grew by 10 percent, making PWB the fastest growing council within NAHB.
The Council – which is comprised of professional builders, remodelers, contractors and architects – honors members who exceed annual recruitment goals. Members receive scholarships their local council can award to students pursuing careers in the building industry. InSinkErator has served as the exclusive sponsor of the PWB Spike Reception and the scholarships given at this event for more than three decades.
“We value our long-standing relationship with the Council and remain committed to helping support women’s progression in this field,” said Rob Grim, senior vice president of sales at InSinkErator. “These inspiring professionals make a commitment every day to help grow tomorrow’s leaders.”
The 2014 PWB Council Chair Carol Morgan presented the following scholarship awards:
Bob Cox Professional Women in Building Spike of the Nation Awards
The Council’s top individual recruiter awards are named after Bob Cox, a leader at InSinkErator who worked with NAHB’s Ladies Auxiliary to organize the Spikette program in 1963.
From November 1, 2013-October 31, 2014, the council’s top recruiter was Carole Jones of the HBA (Home Builders Association) of Southeastern Michigan PWB. Carole Jones is passionate about membership and has been recognized multiple times as the top recruiter for the council. She recruited 15 new members and re-signed 21 current members in 2014. Throughout her tenure with the council, she has recruited 360 members for PWB.
The following regional award winners were recognized for increasing membership in their local councils, and each received a scholarship and a recognition pin:
- Northeast Region A: Cheryl Boyd of the Rhode Island Builders’ Association PWB
- Southeast Region B: Nicole Goolsby of the Lake Norman HBA PWB
- Midwest Region C: Karen Schroeder of the PWB of Greater Lansing Michigan HBA
- Midwest, Mid-South and Texas Region D: Angela Cassidy of the HBA of St. Louis-Eastern Missouri PWB
- American West Region E: Terri Everhart of the Building Industry Association PWB
- Women in Building Spike Rookies of the Year
The PWB Spike Rookies of the Year awards recognize members who immediately become active recruiters in their first year. Karen Schroeder of the HBA of Greater Lansing PWB was honored for recruiting 16 new members in less than one year. In the small council size category, Michelle Null of the Greater Southwest Illinois PWB was recognized for recruiting 8 new members.
The NAHB Professional Women in Building (PWB) Council is a national organization affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders and consists of a network of local and state councils and members-at-large. The Council is dedicated to supporting the professional development of women in the home building industry. It provides service to the membership through education and training programs that focus on professional and leadership development, networking opportunities and industry-related information. In addition, the Council recognizes its role in supporting the overall building industry by mobilizing its membership to assist efforts spearheaded by local, state and national builders associations. For more information on the NAHB PWB, please visit www.nahb.org/womeninbuilding.