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Dec 05, 2012 | 07:01 PM

Hail to the chiefs

Tags  AWMI, Association of Women in the Metal Industries, annual conference, election of officers, Sian Marcone, Donna Peters, Mary Pollen, Victoria Zanutto-Kautz Karen Davidock

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   Sian Marcone                   Tammy Olt                   Donna Peters                Mary Pollen       Victoria Zanutto-Kautz
What do you get when you put 130 or so professional women and a small—very small—roundup of men in a glass-enclosed meeting room and lace it with a business lunch and the click-away cadence of non-stop networking in the middle of the Mile-High City?

If you’re the Association of Women in the Metal Industries (AWMI), which convened its 2012 Annual Conference in Denver recently, the combination marks the finale of a spirited campaign complete with three-minute stump speeches from candidates vying for elected slots across the organization’s leadership structure.

"In total, the international board had seven open positions for the 2013 elections," Sian Marcone, outgoing international president told Inner Circle. "Four involved international officers and committee chairs and three were regional directors. Members elected to these positions will serve two-year terms beginning Jan. 1 of next year," she said.

Like AWMI’s some 1,100-strong membership, the winning candidates for the elected positions represent the full length of the metals supply chain.

Tammy Olt, senior regional sales manager of Lisle, Ill.-based SSAB Americas, will succeed Marcone as AWMI international president in January. Olt previously served as international vice president.

AWMI’s 36-member voting body elected as international vice president Donna Peters, who serves as commercial support, process manager, at Chicago-based ArcelorMittal Steel USA. Peters previously served on the 2012 international board of directors as international treasurer.

Mary Pollen, inside sales and administrative manager for South Lyon, Mich.-based Michigan Seamless Tube & Pipe, was elected international marketing chair. Pollen, Detroit Chapter president, succeeds Mary Becker, marketing manager at Nucor Steel, Crawfordsville, Ind.

Victoria Zanutto-Kautz, administrative assistant, Ryerson Inc., Hayward, Calif. was elected incoming international mentoring chair, succeeding Loretta Wysoki, retired, Sandmeyer Steel, Philadelphia, Pa. Zanutto-Kautz, now serves as western regional vice chair and is a past international president.

In addition, the voting body named two new and one returning regional director. Karen Davidock, marketing product manager at U.S. Steel Corp., Pittsburgh, Pa., is now central regional director. She succeeds Lauren Kerekes, regional controller, Worthington Cylinder Corp., Columbus, Ohio. Tara Sprenger, Tennessee Chapter president and account manager at Ryerson, Inc., Little Rock, Ark., was elected southern regional director. She succeeds Christine Colburn, product metallurgist at Nucor Steel-Tuscaloosa, Northport, Ala. Mary Wardle, sales manager, western region for Steelscape Inc., Walnut Creek, Calif., was re-elected western regional director.