The California Film Extruders & Converters Association presented its 2005 Leo Shluker Award to Roger Hewson Jr., western sales manager for Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp., at an Oct. 11 meeting in Norwalk, Calif.
CFECA had recognized Hewson's father with the 1987 Leo Shluker Award. The Hewsons are the first father and son to win the award.
Many of Roger Hewson Jr.'s customers ``use him almost as a consultant because of his vast knowledge of the industry,'' said Hans Deamer, president of W&H in Lincoln, R.I. ``Roger has a knowledge of real-world converting that few sales people have.''
Hewson ``knows how equipment works because he spent his youth on his back underneath equipment and has really run it all,'' said Robert Bateman, president of Roplast Industries Inc. in Oroville, Calif. ``He tells it like it is and, if he can be helpful, is so without seeking any payback.''
Hewson ``played an important part in holding CFECA together,'' Bateman said. Hewson, 55, served as CFECA president in 1990.
Hewson and his family relocated to the Los Angeles area from Wayland, Mass., in 1966. He was the oldest of seven siblings. Their father, Roger Hewson Sr., began selling W&H equipment through a distributor in the early 1970s and became an independent manufacturer's representative in 1973. He died in 1987.
Roger Hewson Jr. graduated from Long Beach State University, gained hands-on experience over nine years as a converter and printer of polyethylene bags and, in 1979, began selling equipment. He took over his father's business including the W&H account in 1985 and joined W&H as an employee in May 2004. He sells film extrusion, printing, laminating and converting equipment in 22 states.
>From 1993-2003, Hewson also represented Ro-An Industries Corp. of Middle Village, N.Y., a plastic bag machine manufacturer. ``Roger can sell anything and has a technical background that is equal to no one,'' said Angelo Cervera, Ro-An president.
CFECA of Newport Beach, Calif., began the Leo Shluker Award in 1985 in recognition of the group's founder and first president.