The NEWS held its inaugural Top 40 Under 40 contest this summer to highlight young HVAC professionals accomplishing great things in their field. Out of those 40, four women were honored for their achievements.

District sales manager, Allied Air EnterprisesAge: 35

Title: District sales manager, Allied Air Enterprises

Hilary Carlin has been in the HVAC industry for less than five years. She started her career in the industry at Midway Supply without any previous HVAC experience.

“It was daunting,” Carlin said. “They said, ‘You’re comfortable selling, so I can teach you the products. I spent 10 weeks in the branches learning the products, doing online training, and making flashcards to learn all the information.”

Carlin successfully transferred from distribution to manufacturing.

“My career goals in HVAC are to be in an executive role within manufacturing,” she said. “I’m looking to empower females as leaders in an industry that’s unique to females. I also want to continue to challenge the traditional thought process surrounding going to market in partnership with dealers and distribution.”

General manager, Shop HeatingAge: 38

Title: General manager, Dean’s Shop Heating

Danetta Drew is in the process of taking over her father’s business, Dean’s Shop Heating and Air. Drew joined the business five years ago in an entry-level position and took over as business manager just two years ago.

“My main goal in our family-owned and operated business is to foster its growth by ensuring our company and its employees represent the highest level of honesty, integrity, and reliability to every customer,” she said. “I’d also like to continue developing lasting relationships with our customers by not overselling or underselling, but providing what our customer wants and/or needs. I’m continually looking for ways to grow our team’s knowledge base to prepare for a future in this industry.”

General manager, CPS ProductsAge: 39

Title: General manager, CPS Products

Marjorie McAllister’s father founded CPS Products in 1975. While she grew up working in the front office during the summers, McAllister joined the company full-time in 2003. She currently serves as general manager and member of the senior management team.

McAllister is involved in Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) and ASHRAE, and she currently serves as the vice president of the Women in HVACR organization. She will become president in 2016.

“Being involved in Women in HVACR has been such a rewarding aspect of my career,” McAllister said. “The support and membership I have from those connections have been great. I really look forward to growing the organization and expanding its reach.”

Vice president, cfm Distributors Inc.Age: 30

Title: Vice president, cfm Distributors Inc.

Lauren Roberts is a third-generation family member at cfm Distributors and has been helping out the company since she was a teenager. Roberts also spends a lot of time trying to improve the industry as chair of the Heating, Air-conditioning, and Refrigeration Distributors International’s (HARDI’s) Marketing Committee and is also an active voice on the HARDI Emerging Leaders Task Force.

“HARDI is a first-class trade association,” Roberts said. “My father was involved since its inception, and I saw how much of a competitive advantage we were gaining by being part of the organization. I’ve grown up around the business, and I’m passionate about staying on the cutting edge and maintaining the two-step distribution model.”