New to Fastener Fair USA! ConnectHer is a mentorship program for women, by women. In partnership with Women in the Fastener Industry (WIFI), this is an opportunity for women seeking insight and information about the fastening industry to be paired with a mentor and spend your time at Fastener Fair USA together.
Introductions and coffee will be held on Wednesday, May 22 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. in room 313A.
You can also stop by the WIFI booth #414 after the show opens to get more information and pick up a participant badge ribbon.
Participants with tickets to the May 22 Welcome Party will meet at 4:45 p.m. at the Tech Talk stage to walk over to the party together.
Meet the Mentors
Rosa E. Hearn – International Marketing, Mexico Market
Also known as Rosa the Riveter, Rosa is the Product Manager for the Proferred Rivet line at Brighton-Best International. She is also involved in Global Marketing and the development of the Latin market for the Ironclad Performance Wear division. Rosa is also the current Chairwoman of Women in the Fastener Industry and is Vice Chairman for the Fastener Industry Coalition.
Elizabeth Morack – Peer-to-Peer Mentoring, Optimal Customer Service
Elizabeth works for Optimas Solutions as a Business Development Director who partners with customers to address their complex supply chain needs. After spending 19 years in various Global Program and Sales positions, Elizabeth understands what truly drives business opportunities. It’s how well you can align customer’s goals and specific challenges with your solutions and products today, ensuring they can be adaptive and flexible to address unknown changes in the future.
Jan Morr – Sales, Education Scholarship Advisor
My love for people along with meeting challenges has been my very driving force in life, especially with my family and career. I married my high school sweetheart, Chris. We have four great children, and one amazing granddaughter. My degree is in Accounting, but my desire for social interaction led me to Sales Management and ultimately Outside Sales at Formed Fastener, a manufacturer of hot formed products. Rumor is, once in you join the fastener industry…you never leave…now I know why. While working the Fastener shows, the WIFI (Women in the Fastener Industry) booth just radiated at the shows with the colorful pink showcase these girls put together. I was very intrigued and I eventually became a member of WIFI…and the rest is history, now I’m on the board. These women are some of the brightest and motivated individuals I have ever encountered. WIFI is continuously mentoring, encouraging and leading women nationally and internationally through this diverse world of fasteners.
Jen Kushnir – Sales Management, Non-profits
Jen Kushnir currently holds the position of Sales Manager for DLP Coatings, Inc. DLP Coatings is the industry leader in providing superior quality of painted fasteners to a wide array of markets including; Window and Door, Residential and Composite Decking, Truck and Trailer, and most recently Metal and Pole Barn Buildings. Prior to joining DLP, Jen worked in both the Automotive & Adhesive industries after her tenure with Heads and Threads International. The majority of her fastener career came from working in various capacities which included inside sales, operations management and quality management while employed with HTI from 1999-2009.
Jen currently resides in Elk Grove Village, IL with her chocolate brown Chihuahua named Comiskey. Jen’s personal interests include motorcycle riding, watching sports, cooking and volunteering. Jen has been a Member and Board Member for one full term of three years, and joined a second Board Term in 2019 as the President of WIFI. Jen joins her fellow Board Members at Fastener Fair USA, Fastener Tech and the Industrial Fastener Expo this year.
P J McCaughn – Public Speaking, Relationship Selling, Management
PJ McCaughn is the Business Development Manager for Innovative Components Inc., President of Egeria Business/Sales & Marketing Consulting, and serves on the Board of Women in the Fastener Industry. She resides in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her husband and three Labradoodles. She volunteers her time as President of the North Country Snowmobile Club, on the Board of the Michigan Snowmobile Association and teaching Yoga & Meditation classes. In her spare time, she enjoys paddle sports & backpacking, and recently returned from hiking over a 17,000-foot pass in Nepal.
PJ is a mentor on teaching and training, public speaking, presenting, motivation, managing people, working from home and relationship selling.
Register to Fastener Fair USA and opt in to participate in ConnectHer. Already registered? No problem. Contact us and we’ll get you on the list!