Sandra Westlund-Deenihan

Sandra serves as President and Design Engineer of Quality Float Works, Inc., the premier manufacturer of metal float balls, valves and assemblies that level liquid controls throughout the oil, gas, plumbing and agricultural industries. Founded by her grandfather in 1915, Sandra took over as President in 1995 and has turned the virtually unknown family business on the verge of financial collapse into a leader in the industry. International sales have increased from 3% to 33% over the past decade; this record-setting international growth in the 98-year history of the company. Today, Quality Float Works, Inc. exports its products throughout Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Quality Float Works, Inc. is recognized worldwide for its top-grade materials, excellent workmanship, exclusive designs and extraordinary engineering capability. An engineer by trade, Sandra employs high standards of skilled workmanship and product quality that have established the company as a premier market leader. Her sharp business sense is credited to a lifetime of experience in manufacturing as a third generation manufacturer. The success of Quality Float Works, Inc. and Sandra’s passion for manufacturing has positioned her as a point person in the manufacturing industry for engineering and design.

Sandra serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and is a member of the Illinois Manufacturers Association (IMA) and National Federation Independent Business (NFIB). Active with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in 2007, Sandra was tapped to serve on the U.S. Chamber’s Education, Employment and Training Committee (EETC), providing solutions to the skills gap crisis in manufacturing and business. Sandra also served as Co-Chair of the Western Suburban Chapter of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council (CMRC) (2009-2010). Most recently, Sandra was appointed to serve as Chair of the Illinois State Board of Education’s Gender Equity Advisory Committee (2011-2012) advising and consulting with the State Board of Education to ensure all students have equal educational opportunities to pursue high-wage, high-skill occupations. She has long been an advocate to increase the pipeline of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance and the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education. Through her efforts, she has been instrumental in bringing a STEM Equity pipeline program to her home area school district to engage young girls in STEM learning.

Sandra is also active in the local community having served two terms on the Hanover Township Board of Trustees (2007-2012), the Schaumburg Business Development Committee and Board of Directors of the Bartlett Veteran’s Memorial Foundation.

Sandra holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona. She and her husband, Maurice, reside in Streamwood, Illinois.