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Walker receives 16th car at Mary Kay event

Dawn Walker of Boulder City received her 16th company car for business achievements at the annual seminar for Mary Kay independent beauty consultants, held July 15 through Saturday in Dallas.

“I haven’t made a car payment since 1989. Earning a new company car every two years or less is one of the perks I enjoy most about my business. The company even covers the licenses and most of the insurance for me and my husband. That is a huge savings for our family.”

Walker joined more than 27,000 consultants from around the country and world at the seminar, which celebrates business achievements and provides education, recognition and motivation for the year ahead.

The theme for this year’s seminar, “Discover What You Love,” invites the sales consultants to discover what helps them feel beautiful, confident and connected while enjoying the freedom and flexibility in their businesses. Additionally, as part of Mary Kay’s long-standing commitment to prevent and end domestic violence, those attending the seminar were encouraged to bring gently used professional attire to donate to domestic violence shelters as part of The Mary Kay Foundation’s seventh annual Suits for Shelters program. To date, the program has collected more than 14,000 pieces of professional attire for domestic violence survivors seeking jobs.

Walker began her Mary Kay business in 1987 and is a senior sales director.

McLay honored in retirement from Navy

Capt. Deidre L. McLay, a 1982 graduate of Boulder City High School, was honored recently as she retired from the U.S. Navy. The festivities were held at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where she has served as chief of staff since 2012.

McLay earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1986 from the University of Colorado and was then commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program. She was the commissioning commanding officer of the Aegis destroyer USS Farragut, leading the training of the ship’s first crew, initial outfitting, construction completion and systems testing.

Additionally, she served as commodore of Maritime Prepositioning Ships Squadron Three, overseeing 10 war-fighting ships to support contingencies in the Western Pacific. During her career, she completed multiple deployments including operations in the Western Pacific and Mediterranean.

Career highlights including serving as an instructor at Surface Warfare Officers School Command in Newport, R.I., and as executive assistant to the commander of the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo.

She earned her Master of Science in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School and her Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

She has been recognized for her service with honors such as the Legion of Merit and Defense Meritorious Service medal.

Now that she is retired, McLay will make her home in Pacific Grove, Calif., and plans to travel. She is the daughter of Ivan and Maribeth McLay of Boulder City.

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