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October 2017


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A New Executive Vice President Named by NAWIC

The National Association of Women in Construction is pleased to announce the hiring of its new Executive Vice President Beth Brooks, CAE. Brooks is a respected association professional and advisor on governance, board orientation and strategic planning.

“We are extremely fortunate to have someone of the caliber of Beth Brooks as NAWIC’s next Executive Vice President,” said NAWIC President Catherine Schoenenberger. “Already Beth has begun to realign staff and has assessed ways to better serve our members, renew partnerships and increase our national sponsorships. This is a brand new day and a brand new way for NAWIC, and we are excited that Beth is here at the dawning.”

“I am so pleased to be joining NAWIC during strategic time of change,” said Brooks. The excitement I have heard and seen from the leadership and members is palpable. The committee chairs and the Board of Directors have so many ideas to grow membership, offer valuable benefits and increase the educational offerings.

One immediate focus is to evaluate and streamline the infrastructure of NAWIC – from office structure and procedures to bylaws, volunteer roles, and policies. We want to follow best practices throughout NAWIC, and make sure that our practices are current, and enticing to younger members.”

She added, “We have already started to create new sponsorship opportunities, and build a creative, educational annual meeting for next August in Orlando. The NAWIC members I have met are dedicated and hardworking. I am so impressed with the work they do, and their dedication to NAWIC. I am looking forward to meeting more of them, and to promoting the great programs of NAWIC.”

Brooks is a sought-after speaker and trainer. She is also the author of “The New CEO’s Guide,” published by the American Society of Association Executives.

As the long-term chief executive for two state associations, the Texas Pest Control Association and the Texas Society of Association Executives, Brooks worked in close collaboration with multiple boards of directors to create strategic initiatives and move the associations forward. She established the first statewide office for the Texas Pest Control Association and was responsible for the successful turnaround of the Texas Society of Association Executives.

Beth Brooks succeeds Dede Hughes, IOM. Hughes served as NAWIC’s Executive Vice President for 21 years. 

NAWIC’s Long-Serving EVP Dede Hughes Retires

It was January 2, 1996 when Dede Hughes, IOM arrived at the offices of the National Association of Women in Construction to take on the job as the Association’s Executive Vice President. More than 21 years later, she is retiring from NAWIC. Her tenure officially ended with the conclusion of NAWIC’s Annual Meeting and Education Conference, Aug. 16-19.

“We wish Dede Hughes our very best with her retirement from NAWIC,” said NAWIC President Catherine Schoenenberger.  “She’s witnessed and lived much of the her-story of this association, and gave us an incredible foundation on which to build. Thank you Dede, for your many years as our Executive Vice President, colleague and friend. We look forward to your role as a “retired member at large” and your continued passion for NAWIC.”

NAWIC’s Immediate Past President Connie Leipard, CIT, said, “Retirement is an opportunity to experience life in a new way, opening doors to be an influencer in another path. I have no doubt that Dede will enjoy a remarkable retirement, investing in the lives of those around her.”

Leipard credits Hughes with helping NAWIC attain its current position. She said, “Dede has been solid, steady and wise in guiding NAWIC’s board of directors to build a foundation of financial strength and service to members and their employers.”

“Dede’s legacy is built on her commitment and personal belief in the core purpose of NAWIC,” Leipard said. “Dede understands the importance of NAWIC, embraced the spirit of the founders of NAWIC and reinforced that message for more than 20 years. It is vitally important for the executive of an association to believe in the power of the mission. Dede continues to display her belief in us.”

The admiration Association members have for Hughes is mirrored by her feelings for NAWIC. “I have loved NAWIC and its mission from the beginning,” said Hughes. “ I have the upmost respect for women in the construction industry.”

Beth Brooks, CAE, will succeed Hughes as NAWIC’s EVP. Brooks is a respected association professional and advisor on governance, board orientation and strategic planning. She previously served as the chief executive of the Texas Pest Control Association and the Texas Society of Association Executives.

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