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CCAI Announces 2015-16 Chapter Award Winners; Installs 2016-2017 Officers and Board

Friday, August 12, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Leslie Muck

In June, the Chemical Coaters Association International honored members for their service and dedication to their chapters and installed its 2016-17 Officers and National Board members during their 2016 Annual Meeting.  The CCAI Chapter User and Supplier of the Year awards and the James F. and David J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award were presented during the Annual Awards Ceremony, also held during the Annual Meeting.

CCAI’s highest honor went to John Sudges of Midwest Finishing Systems.  John is a long-time CCAI member who has served both his CCAI Northern Illinois Chapter and the CCAI National organization for many years.  He was presented with the James F. and David J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of dedication & service to CCAI. John served as the Northern Illinois Chapter president numerous times and provides countless hours of support in coordinating chapter events and educational programs.  On the national level, John has served in all officer roles, including two years as the CCAI National President, as well as several years on the board of directors.  John joined CCAI 18 years ago and continues to support CCAI’s efforts by presenting at seminars, webinars and FABTECH.  After receiving the accolade John remarked, “What an honor to be awarded the James & David Wright Lifetime Achievement Award. It is truly humbling to be given such a prestigious award and to be recognized by your peers. To be grouped with the past honorees of this award is truly an honor that I will not take lightly and I am proud to be among them. CCAI has had a significant impact on me, not only in my profession, but also personally.” 

CCAI also honored its Chapter User and Supplier of the Year recipients at the Awards ceremony.  Each year chapters recognize a User and Supplier member for their service and dedication to their respective chapter.  Chapters are the foundation on which the association is built, and CCAI is grateful for the service and dedication of those who continue to support its mission to build a better finishing industry.

The 2015-16 Chapter Award winners are:  Central States Chapter Frank Laster, A-1 Paint Powder and Sandblast and Todd Lanquist, Chemetall; Las Vegas ChapterTony Sclafani, AR Iron LLC and Sercy Spears, Coral Chemical Co.; Northern Illinois ChapterJack and Dennis Walters, Acme Finishing Co. Inc. and Bruce Bryan, CCAI.; Southern California Chapter - Shivie Dhillon, Sundial Powder Coating and Hugo Cambron, PPG Industries; Twin Cities Chapter – Ted Schreyer, Associated Finishing and Doug Van Duyne, DuBois Chemicals; West Michigan Chapter -  Rich Saddler, Abcor Industries and Tom Farrington, Henkel Corp.; and Wisconsin Chapter – Lee Van Buskirk, Metalcraft of Maysville, Inc. and Mark LaValley, Northern Coatings & Chemical.

CCAI also announced their National Board of Directors Officers and Board Members for 2016-2017.  CCAI is very fortunate to have the leadership of the following individuals:

  • President:  Ron Lum, Coral Chemical Co. – Southern California Chapter
  • Vice President: Bill Oney, American Finishing Resources – Wisconsin Chapter
  • Treasurer:  Duane Fudge, Chemetall - Unaffiliated
  • Recent Past President: Kevin Coursin, Engineered Finishing Systems – Northern Illinois Chapter

In addition to the officers, serving on the National Board of Directors for the 2016-17 year will be:  Shivie Dhillon, SunDial Powder Coatings – Southern California Chapter; Jim Gallagher, Harley Davidson - Wisconsin Chapter; Kevin Irving, AZZ Galvanizing – Iowa/Central Illinois Chapter; Loren Keene, Pneu-Mech Systems Mfg. – Central States Chapter; Dan Labrecque, Tiger Drylac USA, Inc. – West Michigan Chapter; Todd Luciano, Products FinishingGreater Cincinnati Chapter; Jim Malloy, Kolene Corp. - Unaffiliated;  Katie McGovern, Hubbard-Hall Inc. – Unaffiliated; Ron McMahon, Sherwin-Williams, Co. – Northern Ohio Chapter; Tony Sclafani, AR Iron, LLC – Las Vegas Chapter; Mark Walsworth, Nordic Ware Inc. – Twin Cities Chapter; Sam Woehler, George Koch Sons, LLC – Unaffiliated; Tim Milner, JIT Powder Coating – Twin Cities Chapter;  Serving as Ex-officio Board members are; Larry Melgary, Northern Coatings & Chemicals – Wisconsin Chapter; and Bob Warren, retired – West Michigan Chapter.

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