Melinda Dicharry 2014 NAWIC Member of the Year

Melinda Dicharry Receives NAWIC Member of the Year Award


San Diego, Calif. May 6, 2014 — Paradigm Mechanical Corp., a woman-owned small business mechanical contracting company, Founder and CEO Melinda Dicharry received the 2014 Member of the Year award from the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) San Diego Chapter #21. Dicharry was honored at the organization’s 55th Anniversary Executive Night on April 8, 2014.

Dicharry currently serves as the president-elect of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), San Diego Chapter #21. Since joining the organization in 2010, she has moved up the ranks from director to president-elect. Most recently she held the position of vice president. Dicharry has chaired and/or served on the following NAWIC committees: Block Kids, CAD / Drafting Contest, Women In Construction Week (WIC), Ways and Means – Fundraising, and Website and Marketing.

Dicharry received the award based on her tireless support of the local chapter’s efforts to provide its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more. According to member nomination comments, her leadership skills shine through in all she does for the chapter. Dicharry is involved in all aspects of the chapter including mentoring and supporting committees and officers. She regularly hosts meetings at her company’s office. In addition, she is always there to help the chapter, not only physically, but also monetarily. She is someone members look up to as a business owner and mentor.

The San Diego Chapter chartered on April 30, 1959. It is active and involved in the local construction industry and the community. Each year the chapter participates in a variety of events including educational seminars and conferences. Some of the events include, Women in Construction Week, Block Kids (construction awareness program for children in grades 1 thru 6), CAD/Design/Drafting Contest (high school student activity), MAGIC Camp (a week long program designed to mentor high school girls planning to enter the construction industry), college scholarships, joint meetings with other San Diego professional organizations and various activities with local charities.

“It’s a distinct honor to be named member of the year by my NAWIC sisters,” said Melinda Dicharry. “I am surrounded by amazing women making a difference in our industry. We support one another with our combined knowledge and experience. I encourage new members to get involved – volunteer for a committee, attend the conferences and events. NAWIC has helped me grow as both a woman and a business owner. Thank you again for this prestigious award.”  

For more information about the NAWIC San Diego Chapter #21 visit the organization’s website, For more information about Paradigm Mechanical Corp., visit