My most important accomplishment

is being Nana to Aly, Cason and Haley.

My passions

are TAMU Football, going to at least 2 away games a year, my dogs, helping and rescuing those in need, and running (to relieve stress…LOL).

My proudest moment

The acceptance of women in the industry has changed dramatically from when I started 36 years ago. I’m glad I’ve been a part of helping pave the way for women behind me. I think that’s what I’m most proud of.

Meet Mary Phelps '82, LEED GA

Strategic Accounts Manager, Healthcare Leader

After graduating from TAMU with a degree in Industrial Distribution in ’82, I took a job in the oil and gas industry before quickly transitioning into the plumbing industry. The early 80’s were a bad time to be in Oil and Gas. An opportunity became available through the placement center at TAMU with American Standard Brands and I made the move. I spent 32 years with ASB before coming to Sloan. I enjoyed my tenure with ASB. I had various roles, calling on everyone from the A&D community, MEP’s, mechanical contractors, showrooms and handling commercial plumbing and strategic accounts before leaving for Sloan in June of 2016. I have been truly blessed to love what I do.

While there have been many challenges along the way I love the fact that the industry has so much to offer. Whether it’s supply chain, manufacturing, product development, sales, marketing or management, the possibilities are endless. I have the opportunity to meet so many interesting and great people. I call on decision makers, designer, architects, engineers and plumbing contractors from the vertical markets of healthcare, education, hospitality and corporate. It’s been not only fun but rewarding. I have many life-long friends that I’ve made along the way.

The acceptance of women in the industry has changed dramatically from when I started 36 years ago. I’m glad I’ve been a part of helping pave the way for women behind me. I think that’s what I’m most proud of.

Sloan is a family run business. They genuinely care about their employees, which means a lot to me. I love that the ownership is accessible, interested in my growth professionally, my success, how I’m doing personally, my family and well-being.

They understand the motto “employees don’t quit their jobs, they quit their managers.” They go out of their way to make everyone feel respected and a valuable part of the team. Respect and trust, that’s huge and not something you’ll find everywhere.

Again the opportunities are endless. There are many directions you can take. Find something that you love, you’ll be spending most of your time working so it should be something that brings you joy and fulfillment. Look for something that challenges you to grow, is rewarding, both personally and professionally and is motivating. Do your part, “earn your stripes”, work hard and you will be successful.
Don’t be intimidated by anyone or anything. Trust your ‘gut’. It takes time to educate yourself, gain knowledge and experience. Be patient but be persistent. Be someone that others can count on.
And always be professional. This has been a very rewarding profession/career for me. I’d love to see more young women become of part of the Plumbing Industry and be successful.

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