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Coatings Leaders Earn ACA Honors

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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Nine leaders in the coatings industry took center stage at the American Coatings Show, honored for decades of achievements and industry innovation.

The American Coatings Association presented the leaders with awards Monday (April 11) before the opening of the American Coatings Show in Indianapolis. The show ends Thursday (April 14).

American Coatings Show 2014
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The American Coatings Conference and Trade Show takes place April 12-14 in Indianapolis. Paint and coatings editorial products offered by Technology Publishing Company, publisher of Durability + Design News, will be displayed in Booth 568.

ACA represents paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors and technical professionals.

Honors were bestowed industrywide.

George Baugh Heckel Award

Christopher (Chris) M. Connor, executive chairman of The Sherwin-Williams Company, was named recipient of the ACA’s highest honor—the George Baugh Heckel Award—in recognition of his leadership efforts on behalf of the association and the industry.

Chris Connor, The Sherwin-Williams Company
Photos courtesy American Coatings Association

Sherwin-Williams Executive Director Chris Connor recieved the ACA's highest honor—the George Baugh Heckel Award—at a pre-conference event Monday (April 11).

A former ACA chairman, vice chairman and member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the ACA noted Connor’s tenure as chairman signaled a period of “robust growth and notable milestones” for the association. This included the merger with the former Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology and establishing the association’s identity as ACA, formerly the National Paint and Coatings Association.

Under Connor’s leadership, ACA also formally established PaintCare, the industry’s trailblazing paint product stewardship program.  

His tenure also marked the expansion of the association’s focus on international affairs and sustainability, including the formation of a new International Affairs Committee and a new Sustainability Policy, adopted globally through the International Paint and Printing Ink Council, and a Green Building Workgroup.

During his tenure, the association also launched and hosted its global coatings industry leadership conference, holding a record-breaking Coatings Summit in Washington, DC, the group added.

The award is named for George Baugh Heckel, a pioneer of the paint and coatings industry. Although known as an artist, poet, novelist, journalist, physician and surgeon, Heckel chose to devote much of his effort to promoting the interests of the coatings industry.

ACA Industry Excellence Award

Sandra Chapman, director of transportation for Sherwin-Williams’ Corporate Regulatory Affairs division, was presented with the ACA 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.

Sandra Chapman, The Sherwin-Williams Company

Sherwin-Williams veteran Sandra Chapman earned the ACA Industry Excellence Award for her many years of service and technical contributions to the industry.

Chapman joined Sherwin-Williams in 1997 and assumed her current role in 2001.

As chair of ACA’s Transportation & Distribution (T&D) Committee, ACA said, Chapman has been key to developing industry positions on legislative and regulatory issues related to transporting dangerous goods.

She has both testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on the reauthorization of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act and acted as a principal industry expert at the National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board on a study to determine the risks in transportation of small quantities of Class 3 and Class 9 commodities.

Chapman also guided the development of ACA outreach materials for state highway patrol officers who enforce dangerous goods regulations and served as an instructor at their annual meeting.

Industry Achievement Award

Four industry members received Industry Achievement Awards, given in recognition of specific contributions to the paint and coatings industry.

Scott Thomas, The Sherwin-Williams Company Doug Mazeffa, The Sherwin-Williams Company

Scott Thomas (left) and Doug Mazeffa (right) were given Industry Achievement Awards for their work with life-cycle assessments and in developing a PCR for Architectural Coatings.

Scott Thomas, corporate director of environmental affairs for Sherwin-Williams, is chair of ACA’s Sustainability Committee and is a member and former chair of the association’s Environmental Management Committee.

Since the launch of the Sustainability Committee, Thomas has worked to build consensus among the ACA membership to develop a Product Category Rule (PCR) for Architectural Coatings.

By providing an agreed-upon framework for measuring the environmental impacts of a product based on a defined set of criteria, a PCR allows manufacturers to conduct life-cycle assessments of their products in a standardized way and publish this information in an Environmental Product Declaration, ACA said.

As an industry leader, Thomas has demonstrated the value of proactively addressing issues like life-cycle assessment and has supported the positive sustainability story of paints and coatings.

Doug Mazeffa, environmental project manager for Sherwin-Williams, served as chair of ACA’s PCR Workgroup. A leading expert in life-cycle assessment and environmental impact analysis, he shared his expertise to help pioneer ACA’s development of the PCR for Architectural Coatings.

From drafting the initial outline to addressing the technical details of the PCR, Mazeffa created a PCR that can be adapted to other coating lines and other industries in the future, according to the ACA.

After the PCR’s publication, he continued to share his knowledge and experience to educate the ACA membership about life-cycle assessments and the PCR.

Phil Brondsema, Celanese Wayne Fast, PPG (retired)

Industry Excellence Awards were also presented to Phil Brondsema (left) for his work with the ACA's coatings emissions study and Wayne Fast (right) for achieving changes to the DOT's Special Permits program that impacts the coatings industry.

Phil Brondsema, global product steward for Celanese’s Regulatory Affairs, served as chair of ACA’s Coatings Emissions Study Technical Advisory Committee.

The study, undertaken in 2014, sought to gain a deeper understanding of the emissions from interior paint products and the potential impact on indoor air quality. Under Brondesma’s leadership, ACA also completed its “Continuous Emission Monitoring Protocol” study in 2015 with the University of Texas at Austin and Berkeley Analytical Laboratories.

The data affirms that the presence of a given volatile compound in paint formulations, at characteristic low levels, does not generally result in harmful levels of exposure for painters and building occupants, ACA explained.

Based on the study’s findings, ACA is well on its way to achieving the goals of the project: to strengthen ACA’s advocacy efforts for the development of green building standards and future legislative or regulatory proposals that address indoor air quality concerns and clean air regulations; minimize ongoing testing requirements by clarifying and potentially refining test methods; and develop a predictive tool or model to assist formulators in producing better interior products.

Wayne Fast, retired manager of dangerous goods at PPG, served on ACA’s Transportation & Distribution Committee as chair, co-chair, and active member for more than 15 years.

In 2014 and 2015, he was instrumental in convincing the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to make important changes to the Special Permits program that impacts the coatings industry, ACA said, including adopting the provisions of several coatings Special Permits into the regulations, such as the Special Permit utilized by PaintCare transporters, and more reasonable requirements for the fitness review required for Special Permits.

In service to the committee and industry, Fast contributed to and participated in the detailed commenting submittal process on varied and numerous DOT transportation rulemakings and regulations.

Industry Statesmen Awards

Three industry members received Industry Statesmen Awards, which honors individuals at or near retirement for service to the industry.

Charles Bunch, PPG Peter Longo, California Products Corporation (retired) Joseph Tashjian, Ellis Paint Company

Industry veterans Charles Bunch (left), Peter Longo (center), and Joseph Tashjian (right) each received the Industry Statesman Award for their long-time service to the industry.

Charles Bunch, executive chairman of PPG, where he started in 1979. Bunch has served on ACA’s Board of Directors for several years (including position as as chairman and vice chairman) and on the association’s Executive Committee.

Under his leadership, the association engaged in a broad-reaching strategic planning review, out of which several high-profile association programs were conceived, including the Communications Outreach, Science and Technology, CoatingsConnect, and Legal Issues Tracking and Amicus Programs.

During Bunch’s tenure, the association also partnered with Vincentz Network to devise the American Coatings Conference and Show, billed as the premier education and trade show offering for the paint and coatings industry.

Additionally, he also oversaw the beginnings of the merger with the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology, as well as a more active dialogue and participation in the Paint Product Stewardship Institute effort, an impetus for ACA and industry’s PaintCare program. Bunch received ACA’s George Baugh Heckel Award in 2008.

Bunch was president of PPG for 13 years.

Peter Longo, retired chairman and CEO of California Products Corporation, served on ACA’s Board of Directors from 2010 to 2015 and the Architectural Coatings Committee from 2009 to 2015. He also served on ACA’s Awards Nominating Committee, Budget and Finance Committee and was an active member of ACA’s Massachusetts Paint Council.

Throughout his tenure on ACA’s board, committees and paint council, Longo offered his expertise and deep knowledge of the industry to help guide the direction of the association’s advocacy and programs.

Longo began his career in coatings in 1981 at OSI Sealants, serving as vice president of operations until 1984, at which time he became the company’s president and CEO. In 2006, he joined the Board of Directors for Henry Company—a role he remained in until 2012—and, in 2007, he assumed his role at California Products until his retirement at the end of 2015.

Joseph Tashjian, executive vice president of technology and purchasing at Ellis Paint Company—a member of ACA’s 50 Year Club, marking more than 50 years of association membership—has been a longtime participant in many ACA committees, including the Industrial Coatings, AIM VOC, Automotive Refinish, and Industrial Air Regulatory Committees.

His contributions to the association and industry through his involvement and participation directing the association’s stances and responses to impactful regulatory initiatives has garnered the respect of his peers, ACA said, adding that he is beloved for his warm and generous manner.

Tashjian began his career in 1963 at Rafidain Paint Co. in Baghdad, Iraq, where he served as technical director and plant manager until 1977. He has worked with Synres Chemicals, Deft Inc. and Western Specialty. He assumed his current role in 1988.

Of his years and service to industry he says: “Looking back on my career, I am grateful and blessed to be a part of the coatings industry; being able to contribute not only technically, but also to help others grow within the industry the same way so many have helped me throughout the years. It is a great legacy, and I am proud to be a part of a great industry.”


Tagged categories: American Coatings Association; Awards and honors; California Products Co.; Celanese Corporation; Coatings Technology; Conferences; Ellis Paint Company; Industry News; North America; PaintCare program; PPG; Sherwin-Williams

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