Megan Lehtonen named one of most influential women in mechanical contracting industry
Contractor magazine has honored IAPMO Vice President of International Development Megan Lehtonen as one of the most influential women in the mechanical contracting industry.
Lehtonen oversees IAPMO’s offices in India and Australia, and is leading the Water for Indonesia Now initiative, which focuses on the standardization of plumbing systems within Indonesia. She heads a team that is collaborating with Badan Standardisasi Nasional (BSN), the national standardization agency of Indonesia, to develop, implement and enforce a standard that is based on IAPMO’s Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC®).
Lehtonen is one of eight women the magazine honored recently on its website as part of its 60th anniversary celebration. Barbara Higgens, CEO/executive director of Plumbing Manufacturers International, is also among the honorees.
Lehtonen came to IAPMO in 2010 after spending 11 years as president of Onni Inc., which, among other things, formed GreenPlumbers USA in 2007.
“I am extremely honored to have been selected by Contractor,” she said. “I am equally humbled to be included among the other selected influential women in the industry. It is very inspiring to see the successful careers built from the drive and determination of each honoree. As they have made waves throughout the industry, the industry as a whole has benefited tremendously from their individual efforts, and I only hope to make a continued impact in regard to the health and safety of citizens through effective codes and standards.
“I am blessed with the opportunity to work in the regions that I do. It has been a thrill to learn firsthand the needs and demands in developing countries, and as we continue into a global water crisis – with water recently referred to as ‘the new oil’ – the critical need to focus and conserve in these regions is very rewarding work.”
Earlier this year, Mark Eatherton, the executive director of the Radiant Professionals Alliance, and former IAPMO board member Bill Erickson were recognized as being among the most influential people in the plumbing and hydronics industry.