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ACA Honors Industry’s Best, Brightest

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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From yesterday’s pioneers to today’s forward thinkers, 10 coatings industry leaders are being honored for their service and technical contributions dating back nearly 60 years.

The American Coatings Association bestowed the awards Monday (May 7) at its 125th Anniversary Reception and Dinner on the eve of the American Coatings Show in Indianapolis, IN.

ACA conferred its 2012 Industry Excellence Award on Dr. Jamil Baghdachi, director of the Coatings Research Institute at Eastern Michigan University; and its George Baugh Heckel Award on Jack Wickham, vice president of manufacturing for Ace Paint.

In addition, four individuals were honored with ACA Industry Achievement awards and four with Industry Statesmen awards.

Industry Excellence Award: Dr. Jamil Baghdachi

The holder of 38 patents and contributor to more than 100 publications, Baghdachi has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of polymers, coatings, adhesives, paints and composites.

With a Ph.D. in Polymer Science, Baghdachi has worked and consulted for national and international firms and organizations, as well as the U.S. Army, Air Force and Coast Guard bases on polymeric materials, coatings, paints, corrosion control, applications, processes, and product durability.

 Dr. Jamil Baghdachi
Dr. Jamil Baghdachi

As a member of ACA’s Science and Technology Committee, Baghdachi has chaired the Education Subcommittee since 2009, advising and organizing educational events. From 1997 to 2009, he chaired the Professional Development Committee of the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (FSCT), with which ACA merged in 2009.

Baghdachi’s many industry leadership and service positions include organizer and general chair of the Smart Coatings Conference. He has also worked in industry, as president of Innovative Technology Systems Corp. since 1990 and, formerly, with BASF Corp. and ARCO Chemical Co.

George Baugh Heckel Award: Jack Wickham

Renaissance man George Baugh Heckel was a paint and coatings industry pioneer, and the Heckel Award is ACA’s highest honor.

Wickham is vice president of manufacturing for the Ace Paint Division of Ace Hardware Corp. and is the first chairman of ACA’s PaintCare Board of Directors. Wickham was recognized for his leadership and vision in helping to found and lead PaintCare, a nonprofit program established to manage the reuse, recycling and proper disposal of unused paint.

 Jack Wickham
 Jack Wickham

A member of ACA’s Board of Directors from 2007 through 2012, Wickham was part of the Executive Workgroup that established the PaintCare program and was appointed chairman of its board in October 2009. Since then, the program has been implemented in Oregon and has begun implementation in California and Connecticut.

“PaintCare has not only proven itself successful as a paint stewardship program, but established ACA and the paint industry at the vanguard of the product stewardship movement,” ACA said in a statement.

Industry Achievement Awards

 Nelson Augé (left) and Steve Dearborn
Industry Achievement honoree Nelson Augé (left), of Kelley Technical Coatings, heads ACA’s Industrial Coatings Committee. Award winner Steve Dearborn, of Miller Paint, chairs the PaintPAC Steering Committee.

Nelson Augé, the president of Kelley Technical Coatings Inc. and an ACA board member, has been an active member of the association’s Industrial Coatings Committee since 2002 and has led the panel since 2009. Augé created stewardship subcommittees on clean air and chemical use that assisted major new endeavors by ACA as a whole.

Steve Dearborn, president and CEO of Miller Paint Company, Inc., has been a member of ACA’s board since 2005. Since 2008, he has chaired the PaintPAC Steering Committee, which directs ACA’s political action committee. ACA credits Dearborn with raising PaintPAC’s national profile and drastically increasing its fundraising.

 Lewis Manring (left) and Robert Wendoll
Industry Achievement honoree Lewis Manring (left), of DuPont, leads ACA’s Science & Technology Committee. Award winner Robert Wendoll, of Dunn-Edwards Corp., led ACA’s PACES project.

Lewis Manring, vice president of Portfolio Optimization for DuPont Science & Technology, has been a member of ACA’s Science & Technology Committee since 2008. Under his leadership since 2010, the committee has made the American Coatings Conference “a premier technical event”; expanded continuing education and ACA research; and completed a comprehensive self-assessment of ACA’s science and technology platform.

Robert Wendoll, director of Environmental Affairs for Dunn-Edwards Corp., has been an active member of ACA’s Caulks, Sealants and Adhesives Committee; Environmental Management Committee; Architectural and Industrial Maintenance VOC Committee and others for many years. His efforts have included providing key information and direction for the multi-year Paints and Architectural Coatings Environmental Study (PACES) project.

Industry Statesmen Awards

 Robert Coleman (left) and Michael Granito
Industry Statesmen Robert Coleman (left) and Michael Granito have each served the coatings industry for 40 years.

Robert Coleman, retired vice president of Bway Corp., has been a longtime and active member of ACA over his 40-year career. His service includes three years on the Board of Directors and 16 years on the Architectural Coatings Committee.

Coleman says the coatings industry “is all about improving the quality of life of all those who come into contact with it. Architectural Coatings improve the living and working environment of consumers, while Industrial Coatings improve the quality of our infrastructure.”

Michael Granito, former president and CEO of D.H. Litter Company (now Archway Sales), has been an active member of ACA and its committees during his 40-plus-year career. His service includes three years on the Board of Directors and 20 years on the Industrial Coatings and Industry Suppliers Committees.

Granito began his career in 1969 as a sales trainee at D.H. Litter, a chemical distributor based in New York City.  As vice president of sales, Granito was part of a group that purchased D.H. Litter in 1990. He bought the business from his partners in 1995, then sold it to St. Louis-based Archway in 2010.

 Robert W. “Skip” Klatt II (left) and Robert Williams (right)
Industry Statesman Robert W. “Skip” Klatt II (left) was a longtime force on ACA’s Marine Coatings Committee, while Robert Williams has logged more than 57 years in the industry.

Robert W. “Skip” Klatt II, vice president of domestic sales for American Chemet, passed away Nov. 21, 2011. As a dynamic member of ACA’s Marine Coatings Committee from 1985 to 2007, Klatt’s contributions and leadership helped shape ACA’s annual International Marine and Offshore Coatings Conference into one of its most successful events. Klatt was also active in the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and was a member of the committee of ASTM International and ACC responsible for establishing the ASTM standard for determining copper leach rates from antifouling paint coatings.

Klatt joined American Chemet as a sales manager in 1979 and was elected vice president in 1986. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1985 and served as a member of its Executive Committee. “His passion was in finding solutions to customer’s problems,” ACA said.
Robert Williams, board chairman of Mobile Paint Company, has worked in the paint and coatings industry for more than 57 years. His many positions with ACA over the years include three terms on the Board of Directors. Williams began work with Mobile Paint Company as a retail store sales clerk in 1954.  He retired in 2011 as president and was named chair of the Board of Directors.

Williams has also served on the Board of Directors of the Coatings Research Group, Inc., Color Systems, Inc., Guild CPO and the Wallcoverings Distributors Association. He received his MBA from Syracuse University.


Tagged categories: American Coatings Association (ACA); Associations; Awards and honors; Coatings technology

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