For Immediate Release: August 12, 2019


WIFI Scholarship Winners – 2019


Krista Osborne, Brighton Best International, is the winner of the Edith Cameron Scholarship.  She receives travel and hotel accommodations to attend International Fastener Expo (IFE) in Las Vegas, Sep 17-19, 2019.  The Edith Cameron Scholarship provides the opportunity for a WIFI member, who may otherwise be unable to attend, to experience the Expo held on Wed and Thurs, Sep 18-19.

Edith-Cameron-Fastener-Hall-of-Fame-Scholarship.jpgAbout Edith Cameron Scholarship: WIFI honors the memory of Edith Cameron, a pioneer in the fastener industry for 55 years. She was as devoted to her career in the industry as she was to her family and friends. She was a trailblazer in the industry for many years, inducted into the Fastener Hall of Fame in 1993 and encouraged many women to excel in the fastener business.  



Sarah Evans, Brighton Best International, is this year’s winner of the Ann Bisgyer Wolz Scholarship.  Sarah will receive tuition monies to be used at the Fastener Training Institute for in class training to become a certified training specialist. 

Ann-Bisgyer-Wolz-Scholarship.jpgAbout Ann Bisgyer Wolz Scholarship: WIFI honors the memory of Ann Bisgyer Wolz, co-publisher of Fastener Industry News. She first worked in the fastener industry during high school for her stepfather, Eric Cohn, at Allied International. She later entered the trade show industry in New York City and returned to fasteners when she and spouse John Wolz acquired Fastener Industry News in 1994 where they shared co-publisher titles. Scholarship application submission offered to WIFI Members requesting Financial assistance to attend the Fastener Training Institute. Class fees will be covered for the Certified Fastener Specialist course, or any other class of equal or lesser value.



Jeana Sanders, Dan-Loc Group, is this year’s winner of the Joanne Goodman Sherman ScholarshipTHORS online fastener training will give Jeana the opportunity to take online classes of her choice pertinent to her industry.

scholaar.pngAbout Joanne Sherman E-Learning Scholarship: WIFI honors the memory of Joanne Goodman Sherman, co-owner of Industrial Rivet and Fastener. She began her career part-time in high school and ultimately grew to oversee the entire administrative and operational areas of the 100+ year old business. She was responsible for managing the company’s many brands and copyrights – including the RivetKing® brand – while continuing to offer her rivet and fastener expertise to long-term accounts across the country, and around the world.


WIFI would also like to congratulate this year’s award receipts:


2019 Woman of the Year – Simmi Sakhuja from Stelfast a division of LindFast Corp.

Woman of the Year is an award that recognizes exemplary leadership and success in the fastener industry. The recipient will have a long and distinguished record of advocacy for the professional advancement of women.

2019 Woman in Business – Tracey Lumia from Distributor’s Link Magazine

Woman in Business is defined as a champion and advocate who contributes and supports her own organization by sharing knowledge, ideas, insights and strength. She is a woman who is dedicated to empowering more women to achieve full potential in all aspects of life. 

2019 Man up Award: John Wolz from Global Fastener News

2019 Man up Award:  John Radel from Solution Industries  

Man Up can be awarded to an individual male or a company that has demonstrated a commitment to supporting women and the WIFI organization. The recipient is a partner that provides tools and resources that empower the women in their organization or industry.

Simmi, Tracey and John Wolz all supported WIFI from the beginning.  These outstanding individuals were the first to help build this growing organization. They believed in the organization and set the foundation on what WIFI is today.  John Radel helped bring WIFI brothers into the organization and established a movement of working together regardless of gender.  

For more information about WIFI scholarships, or to apply, visit


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