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Meet the Prestige Judges: Robert Ikenberry

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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The early-bird deadline for nominations for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards is tomorrow (May 10), and as the nomination period continues, PaintSquare Daily News is giving readers a weekly look at the judges who will adjudicate the Top People and Top Innovations categories of the new program.

This week's subject: Robert Ikenberry.

Robert Ikenberry, PCS, CHST, began his career in protective coatings over 40 years ago in the Coating Specifying Group at Fluor Engineers and Constructors. Assigned to the Alyeska Pipeline project, he spent time on assignment in Valdez, Alaska, and in northern Washington state as a coating inspector and associate engineer.

Robert Ikenberry
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Robert Ikenberry will serve as a judge for the Top People and Top Innovations categories of the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards.

Moving on to the contractor side of the industry, Ikenberry worked as an estimator and project manager for Certified Coatings, working on varied industrial coatings projects from Alaska’s North Slope to Chile’s Atacama Desert and from Hawaii to Saudi Arabia.

In 1991, he adjusted his focus to include industrial safety as safety director for Certified Coatings and was an early specialist in lead compliance programs. leading Certified Coatings to be one of the early qualifiers for SSPC’s QP-1 and QP-2 programs. Ikenberry’s degree in chemistry and biology may have been unconventional for industrial coatings at the time, but it prepared him for his career focus on industrial safety related to challenging protective coating projects.

Currently coatings manager for California Engineering Contractors, Ikenberry has stepped back from full-time duties to allow more time for other interests, but is still closely involved in all facets of CEC’s coating operations.

Ikenberry has been a contributing editor for JPCL for over 20 years and has authored numerous articles for the journal, as well as many blog posts for PaintSquare and PaintSquare Press, focusing primarily on safety and technology-related topics.

When he’s not working, Ikenberry enjoys traveling, photography and the occasional round of golf.

About the Awards
The PaintSquare Prestige 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.
With a focus on the professionals who make the industry work and the coatings and equipment that are used every day in the field, the program is accepting nominations through June, but an early-bird discount for product and innovation nominations applies only through May 10. (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.


Tagged categories: AF; AS; Asia Pacific; Awards and honors; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Latin America; NA; North America; OC; PaintSquare Prestige Awards; Program/Project Management; Robert Ikenberry; SA

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