Thought leaders, industry champions, innovators and distinguished professionals across the paint and coatings industry are being recognized this week for their achievements and decades of service, the American Coatings Association announced.
The awards were presented Monday (April 7) at ACA's Awards Dinner before the start of the American Coatings Show, taking place April 8-10 in Atlanta, GA.
ACA is a voluntary, non-profit trade assocation working to advance the paint and coatings industry. The association represents paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors and technical professionals.
Honors were bestowed industrywide.
The George Baugh Heckel Award
Drew Vogel, president and CEO of Vogel Paint Inc., was presented with the George Baugh Heckel Award, the association's highest honor. He was honored for a generation of industry leadership, including spearheading a consolidated and successful response to some of the initial Superfund cases impacting the coatings industry, according to ACA.
Drew Vogel, CEO and president of Vogel Paints, received ACA's highest honor, the George Baugh Heckel Award.
George Baugh Heckel devoted much of his life to promoting the interests of the coatings industry, but was also known as an artist, poet, novelist, journalist, physician and surgeon, according to ACA.
Vogel is a member of ACA, PaintCare's original Board of Directors, the Industrial Coatings Committee, and the Original Steering Committee.
PaintCare aims to make recycling paint more convenient by setting up places for people to take unwanted, leftover paint, usually at retail stores that also sell paint.
According to ACA, Vogel has provided its staff with "invaluable insights ... on the regulations that matter most and impact the organization's small and medium-sized members."
"His willingness to provide input and collaborate for the common welfare of the industry at-large has been inspirational," ACA says.
Vogel started his career with Diamond Vogel Paints (now Vogel Paint) in 1973. He serves on the board of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry and the NOVA Paint Club, an association of international paint industries.
Industry Statesmen Awards
ACA also awarded four recipients its Industry Statesmen Award, which honors individuals at or near retirement for service to the industry.
Gene Brickhouse, general manager for True Value Manufacturing Company, has been active with ACA for over 10 years, including serving as chair of the Architectural Coatings Committee and serving on the Board of Directors, on its Budget & Finance Committee, and on the PaintCare Board of Directors.
According to ACA, Brickhouse has provided guidance, direction and initiative for the association in order to "maximize the position of the architectural coatings portion of the paint industry." He served as a lead manufacturer to volunteer retail locations for collection sites with PaintCare operations.
Bill Mansfield is the retired CEO and Chairman of the Board of The Valspar Corporation, where he started in 1984. Mansfield has served on ACA's Board of Directors for several years (including positions as chairman, vice chairman) and on the Budget & Finance Committee. He has also served on ACA's Industrial Coatings Committee.
Mansfield currently serves as a director of Bemis Corporation, Axiall Corporation, and Triumph Group Inc.
George R. Pilcher is the retired vice president of The ChemQuest Group Inc. and had a long and distinguished career in the coatings industry. He has guided ACA's scientific and business management publications and committee for many years, has authored 33 articles for scientific and technical journals, and was the principal author on the ACA Management Information Committee's last two iterations of the "Paint Industry Market Analysis."
Pilcher was also active with the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (FSCT) and received its FSCT's George Baugh Heckel Award in 1996. He worked with AkzoNobel for over 25 years and with The Sherwin-Williams Company for 11 years.
(FSCT merged with the National Paint and Coatings Association in 2009, changing their joint name to ACA in January 2010.)
Frederick Quinn is the founder, CEO and chairman of Quest Specialty Chemicals and has served on ACA's Board of Directors, Industrial Coatings Committee, and Budget & Finance Committee. He has 39 years of experience in the specialty chemical industry.
According to ACA, he has helped lead an executive-level task force on the Coatings Industry Education Foundation and has helped "shape discussion on contributions to potential PaintPAC candidates."
Industry Achievement Awards
ACA presented two Industry Achievement Awards, one to an individual and one to a group, to recognize specific contributions to the paint and coatings industry.
Karl Altergott, president of Dunn-Edwards Corporation, was the individual recipient. He has served as a member and chair of the PaintCare Board of Directors and is an avid supporter of the paint product stewardship program.
Karl Altergott, president of Dunn-Edwards, was honored with the Industry Achievement Award for his support of ACA's PaintCare program.
As chair of the PaintCare board, he guided implementation of the program in California, which ACA notes is not only the largest state in the U.S., but was only the second state to adopt the program.
"Throughout this immense undertaking, Altergott not only served as a leader for paint manufacturers, but also as an example to retailers—by volunteering all Dunn-Edwards paint stores in California as program collection sites," ACA says.
The group also awarded this honor to ACA's PaintPAC Steering Committee members:
Steve Dearborn, Miller Paint Company Inc.;
Steve DeVoe, Kelly-Moore Paint Co. Inc.;
Chuck Bennett, Randolph Products Company;
Tom White, United Gilsonite Laboratories;
Sandy Berg, Ellis Paint Company;
Laurel Jamison, Rudd Company Inc.;
Myron Petruch, Sun Chemical Corporation;
Chris Farrell, DSM Coatings Resins; and
Kerry Mattox, Egyptian Coatings.
PaintPAC, ACA's political action committee, "guides and directs the association's advocacy efforts by supporting candidates that understand the coatings industry and are committed to improving the political environment for business."
According to ACA, the steering committee has been instrumental in making its annual silent auction fundraising event a success.
Industry Excellence Awards
Two recipients were honored with the Industry Excellence Award, which recognizes individuals who have given many years of service to the industry, through significant technical contributions and/or participation on ACA Issue Management Committees.
Madelyn Harding, retired director of Regulatory Affairs for Sherwin-Williams, has been active for over 10 years in various ACA Issue Management Committees, including the Architectural and Industrial Maintenance VOC, Industrial Coatings Air Regulatory, and Product Stewardship.
She has been an industry advocacy leader for well over two decades, and has been "indispensable" to ACA in identifying critical regulatory issues and providing data and support to staff, the association said.
Industry Excellence Awards went to Madelyn Harding, formerly of Sherwin-Williams, and Dr. Mark Nichols, head of the Paint Research Group for Ford Motor Company.
"In particular, her advocacy assistance with difficult regulatory negotiations with California's South Coast Air Quality Management District on a host of air quality matters helped ACA and industry mitigate the onerousness of many of the district's proposed rules," ACA says.
Dr. Mark Nichols is the technical leader and head of the Paint Research Group for Ford Motor Company's Materials Research and Advanced Engineering Department. According to ACA, he has "generously shared his time and expertise on emerging coatings technology in the automotive industry" with both ACA and previously FSCT.
At Ford, Nichols helped develop the first quantitative measurement of paint brittleness; contributed to the science of paint durability; and was part of a team that introduced the first automotie high-solids, solvent-borne, three-wet paint system.
He is co-author of "Mechanical Properties of Coatings," which is published by ACA, and is editor-in-chief of the associations's Journal of Coatings Technology and Research. Additionally, he has chaired organizing committees for the association's Advancements in Coatings Series programs, and has served on ACA's Publications Subcommittee, Professional Development Committee, and the advisory board of ACA's flagship publication CoatingsTech.