PaintSquare Prestige Awards


Top People

The Top People honors will be awarded in three subcategories:

  • In the Field - contractors;
  • In the Lab - formulators;
  • In the Office - executives;

Each will be judged on a set of criteria that includes the following.

  • 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?

Top Innovations

Top Innovations will be awarded in two categories: coatings and equipment. In order to be eligible for this honor, the product must have been brought to market between January 2020 and January 2021. Companies may nominate their own products or those from other companies.

Winners will be chosen 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 successfully on real-world projects successfully?

Top Products

The Prestige Awards will also honor individual coating and equipment products nominated by the PaintSquare audience. Winners in these categories will be chosen by a popular vote process publicized in JPCL and on Categories for the Top Product awards will include the following.

The product categories are:


  • Surface Preparation and Coating Application
  • Safety and Access
  • Inspection


  • Coatings for Steel
  • Coatings for Concrete
  • Specialty Function (intumescent, anti-graffiti, anti-fouling)

Top Project

The Top Project category will recognize the players involved in a notable industrial protective coatings project completed in 2020.

This project may employ some of the nominated Top Products and Innovations, or involve some of the Top People chosen by the industry. Projects can be submitted from the Bridge and Highway, Water and Wastewater, Marine and Energy (including oil and gas production) sectors.

Project nominations should include details about the project and companies involved, as well as project photos.




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