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Five Honored with NPCA Industry Statesman Awards

Published on 2002-10-29. Author : SpecialChem

At the annual NPCA Honors Luncheon, president Andy Doyle and chairman Tom Sullivan too the riser to honor individuals and companies who stand out in the industry. The industry statesman awards are presented in recognition and appreciation of these individual's long and devoted service to the paint and coatings industry.

The following are NPCA's 2002 Industry Statesman Award recipients.

Paul D. Dague, retired chairman and president of the Jones-Blair Paint Company, began his near 50-year tenure in the coatings industry as an industrial coatings chemist. A recipient of the NPCA George Baugh Heckel Award - the association's highest honor given in recognition of outstanding achievement and the contribution of significant time and energy toward the advancement of NPCA goals - Dague served a term as chairman of NPCA's Board of Directors, and sat on a variety on NPCA committees for almost 20 years, including the Executive, Budget & Finance, Bylaws, Industrial Coatings, State Affairs, Coatings Care®, and Management Information Committees. In his long and celebrated career, Dague served the industry with distinction, serving as chairman of the Texas State Paint Council, and on the Texas Governor's Task Force on Inhalant Abuse.

Dr. Martin Grourke, Rohm & Haas Company's retired global product stewardship manager for performance polymers, began his career as a senior chemist and group leader, performing coatings applications research, and later becoming product safety manager for polymers. From 1970 through the present, Grourke has served as a chemistry instructor at LaSalle University. He earned his B.S. in chemistry from Drexel University, his Ph.D. in the same subject from Brown University, and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Brandeis University. In his service to NPCA, Grourke worked on the association's Product Stewardship Committee, Occupational Health/Product Safety Task Force, and the Environmental Management Committee. Grourke participates on the Stewardship Committee of the St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church and serves as a Eucharistic Minister as well.

James A. Karman, vice chairman of RPM Inc., commenced his career with the company in 1963 as RPM's treasurer, elected to its Board of Directors. In 1969 he became vice president and treasurer, four years later became executive vice president, and president in 1978. Karman earned his B.S. from Miami University in Medina, Ohio, and his M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and has instructed courses in corporate finance and investment. Karman sat on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Financial Corporation, Shiloh industries, Inc., A. Schulman , Inc., and is the past Director of Van Dorn Industries, MacDonald & Company Investments, and Sudbury, Inc. He is also affiliated with several educational and cultural institutions and has been a member of the Board of Trustees, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Orchestra, Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland , and the Trinity Cathedral, among others.

Peter Lewis, who sadly passed away earlier this year, was director of communications and environmental affairs for Sun Chemical Corp.'s Colors Group. During a more than 20-year career with the company, Lewis held a number of key technical and management positions. He joined Sun Chemical in 1980 as product manager for quinacridone pigments and was named technical service manager in 1981, dry color product manager in 1986, and coatings industry manager in 1989. He had previously held technical and manufacturing positions with ICI (now Avecia) in the UK and the United States. Lewis contributed numerous articles to industry and technical journals, and was the author of a Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology monograph, "Organic Pigments." He was editor of the second edition of the "Pigment Handbook," published in 1988. He was a graduate of London's Royal Institute of Chemistry, and earned a Ph.D. degree in colloid chemistry from Bristol University in the UK. His personal pursuits included photography, dancing and the keeping of tropical fishes. Lewis had contributed over 200 articles to carious tropical fish magazines and had maintained 30 tanks of freshwater fishes at his home.

Alfred Sarnotsky, recently retired from Spraylat Corporation, began his career there doing developmental work in the lab. His career at Spraylat encompassed production management, inventory control, computer technology - he was instrumental in bringing the first computer to Spraylat - employee training and development, engineering, health and safety and regulatory matters. Sarnotsky received his B.S. in chemical engineering from the City College of New York, later earning a M.S. in organic chemistry. Sarnotsky has held various leadership positions within the coatings industry, including president of the New York Society of Coatings Technology, member of the Board of Directors of the New York Paint and Coatings Association, and member of NPCA's Occupational Health and Safety Committee. In honor of his decades of service to the paint and coatings industry, the New York Society for Coatings Technology and Spraylat Corporation established the Al Sarnotsky Scholarship Fund. In his free time, Sarnotsky enjoys running in marathons and taking photos from around the world.

NPCA is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association representing some 400 paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers and distributors. As the preeminent organization representing the paint and coatings industry in the U.S., NPCA's primary role is to serve as ally and advocate of legislative, regulatory and judicial issues at the federal, state and local levels.


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