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PaintSquare Prestige Awards Nominations Open

Thursday, April 12, 2018

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Nominations are now open for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards, a chance for the protective, marine and industrial coatings industry to recognize its most innovative and important people and products.

Awards are divided into three major categories: Top People, Top Innovations and Top Products. Each category includes a series of awards for people working in a given capacity and for products that fulfill a given role on a protective coatings project.

Prestige Awards


The Prestige Awards, with a focus on the professionals who make the industry work and the coatings and equipment that are used every day in the field, are accepting nominations through June, but an early-bird discount product nominations applies only through April 30. (Nominations for people are at no cost.)

Voting will commence after the publication of the fall issue of PaintSquare Press, in which nominees will be listed; winners will be announced in the winter issue of PSP.

The Judges

A panel of JPCL contributors will choose the winners of the Top People Awards; a panel of five industry experts will choose the Top Innovations in coatings and equipment; and a popular vote among PaintSquare readers will select the Top Products for the year. Judges on the panel of experts include: 

  • J. Peter Ault, President, Senior Consultant, Elzly Technology;
  • David Boyd, CEO, Vulcan Painters Inc.;
  • Robert Ikenberry, Coatings Manager, California Engineering Contractors Inc.;
  • Dudley Primeaux, PCS, CCI, Owner/Consultant, Primeaux Associates LLC;
  • Don Schnell, East Region Sales Director, Polygon;
  • Tony Serdenes, Vice President/Director of Coatings, Greenman-Pedersen Inc.; and
  • Chip Stein, Managing Principal, Tank Industry Consultants.

Top People

The Top People honors will be awarded in four subcategories—formulator, specifier, contractor and educator. Each will be judged on criteria including:

  • Industry impact: How has this individual’s work contributed to the protective and marine coatings industry as a whole? What innovations or practices has this person championed in order to improve the protection of steel and concrete structures on the whole?
  • Personal achievement: How does this individual set himself or herself apart from others in the same field? How has this person gone “above and beyond” in comparison with most others in the industry?
  • Professional interaction: How has this individual had an impact on others around him or her in the workplace and the industry in general? How are his or her colleagues better off for working with him or her?
  • Extracurricular: How does this individual’s impact extend beyond the workplace and the industry? Has he or she contributed to the community in general as a volunteer, mentor or community figure?

There is no fee for nominating yourself or a colleague or counterpart for one of the Top People awards; nominations are open through June 15 online at

Top Innovations

Top Innovations will be awarded in two categories: coatings and equipment. In order to be eligible for this honor, a technology or product must have been brought to market between January 2015 and January 2018. Companies may nominate their own products or technologies or those from other companies. In both cases, winners will be selected based on the following criteria: 

  • Does the technology or product provide a solution for an existing challenge in the industry that had previously resulted in product failures and/or loss of money on the part of asset owners?
  • Is the technology demonstrably different from other products that had been on the market prior to its introduction?
  • How does the technology impact contractors in terms of ease of use, reduced time and/or labor, or other factors?
  • Has the technology been employed on real-world projects successfully?

There is a $150 nomination fee for each individual product nominated before April 30. Products nominated on or after May 1 will be charged $295. The nomination period ends June 15.

Top Products

The Prestige Awards will also honor individual coating and equipment products as nominated by any individual. Awardees in these categories will be chosen by a popular vote process publicized in PaintSquare Press and on

Categories for the Top Product awards will be:


  • Surface Preparation: Blast Media
  • Surface Preparation: Blasting Equipment
  • Paint Application Equipment
  • Inspection Equipment
  • Safety: Air Monitoring Equipment
  • Safety: Belts, Harnesses, Fall Arrest Systems
  • Safety: Respirators
  • Access: Scaffolds, Platforms, Rigging
  • Environmental Protection: Containment, Tarps
  • Environmental Protection: Dust Collectors
  • Climate Control


  • Coatings for Atmospheric Exposure
  • Coatings for Immersion Service
  • Coatings for Buried Service
  • Concrete Floor Coatings
  • Specialty Function Coatings (i.e., intumescent, anti-graffiti, anti-fouling)

There is a $150 nomination fee for each individual product nominated before April 30. Products nominated on or after May 1 will be charged $295. Nomination period ends June 15.

Nominations for all categories of the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards can be made online at


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