In a prestigious ceremony on March 26 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Chaparral and Robalo vice president of sales Ann Baldree was recognized by the Manufacturing Institute with a STEP award honoring women who’ve demonstrated excellence in the manufacturing industry.
The Manufacturing Institute launched the Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead initiative to honor and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry who have demonstrated leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the upper echelons of management. This year, 130 women in all facets of manufacturing worldwide were recognized. “Ann is a natural leader with incredible insight and determination,” said Robalo and Chaparral president Jim Lane.
“Ann always strives for excellence in everything she does, has exceptional people skills and is always looking for new and innovative ways to move the company and our manufacturing process forward. In addition to her roles in sales, manufacturing production and dealer relations, Ann is also active in organizations throughout the marine industry.”
“It’s an incredible honor to represent women in management throughout the boating world,” said Baldree. “I was honored to receive this award along with another STEP award recipient, Joan Maxwell, president of Regulator Boats and NMMA Board Chairwoman. In my 34-year career, I’ve watched the role of women in boating continue to grow in a very progressive marine industry. While the STEP award spotlights my role, the real credit goes to all the employees and management at Chaparral and Robalo. It’s our team that sets the standard.”
In addition to the STEP award, Baldree was also recognized in 2008 with the Darlene Briggs Award, recognizing achievement for women in the marine industry.