RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — The CEO and owner of the Ridgefield Supply Co. is receiving honors as she leads the third-generation family-owned business through its biggest transformation since it was founded in 1883.
Margaret Price, is this year’s recipient of the "Woman of the Year” award for her outstanding entrepreneurial and leadership skills as well as her involvement within the Ridgefield community.
“It is a privilege to be recognized as Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Woman of the Year,” said Price. “I encourage other women to follow in my footsteps and not be afraid to go down the less conventional path. Pursuing my passion and continuing my family legacy in the Ridgefield community is one of my proudest accomplishments.”
Under Price’s reins, Ridgefield Supply has a new storefront, which opened to the public April 3 with a grand reopening celebration scheduled for September.
She said she pursued her passion even though the lumber and construction industries are primarily and stereotypically led by men.
Ridgefield Supply Company has its roots in a lumber company founded in 1883. The 4.5-acre site on Prospect Street started out as the Osborn and Gilbert Lumberyard.
On May 25, the greater Ridgefield community gathered at the Salem Golf Club for the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce’s 12th Annual Women’s Forum.
"Each year the Women's Forum Committee is tasked to choose a Woman of the Year who stands out with their entrepreneurial spirit and leadership in the Ridgefield business world," said Jennifer Zinzi, executive director of Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce "Our recipient also needs to be community-focused and philanthropic. There is no doubt Margaret is sewn with these exact threads.”
This year’s theme at the forum was “Triumph Through Transition,” featuring a keynote address by Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, author of “Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Life’s Darkest Hours.”
Roig-DeBellis was a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. Her quick-thinking and swift action is credited with saving the lives of her 15 students.
In the aftermath of that tragic day, when 20 first-graders and six educators were slain, Roig-DeBellis founded Classes 4 Classes, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization.
Classes 4 Classes is a social networking tool, for every student in the United States to learn compassion, caring, kindness, empathy, consideration, through active engagement. Classes 4 Classes has worked with over 4,000 students in 25 states.