Forrest Anderson Plumbing and Air Conditioning Inc., 17225 N. 63rd Ave., announces its president, Audrey Monell, was selected for the 2018 list of Most Influential Women in Arizona Business by Arizona Business Magazine.
Since becoming president of Forrest Anderson in 2008, Ms. Monell has been breaking barriers as a leader in a male-dominated field where only 1.5 percent of workers are women. Under Ms. Monell’s leadership, the company has grown every year, improved processes, opened communication and upheld core beliefs to treat customers and employees with the utmost respect.
Ms. Monell takes pride in her growth as a leader over the last decade, but credits the company’s success to her dedicated team of employees and her family’s legacy passed on by her parents.
“I am honored to be recognized alongside all the incredible women doing their part to shape the future of Arizona through business,” said Ms. Monell. “Our workforce and community will benefit thanks to these talented leaders. I am so proud to have the opportunity to lead a great team that believes in the strong values that my grandfather, Forrest Anderson, started 57-years ago when he began serving valley families, especially knowing how unlikely it would have been just decades earlier for such a company to be led by a women.”
Ms. Monell is using her position to help other women fulfill potential and achieve goals. This year, she hosted an inaugural “Women in Industry” workshop to introduce young women to careers in the trade.
She is also a board member with Executive Women International and volunteers to help families at the Whispering Horse Ranch in Payson.
Ms. Monell’s work at this third-generation company earned Forrest Anderson numerous awards, including: A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, 2018 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics Finalist, and recognition from the Phoenix Business Journal including Top Women Owned Businesses, Top Family Owned Businesses and Top Mechanical Contractors three years in a row.