Anaheim, Calif. — The association and society organizing CAMX recognized members in separate award ceremonies and receptions on Sept. 26.
The trade group American Composites Manufacturers Association of Arlington, Va., and the membership group Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering of Diamond Bar, Calif., are collaborating for the third year on their composite and advanced materials exposition and conference, known as CAMX.
ACMA presented its chairman's award to John Gaither, chairman, president and CEO of Reichhold LLC of Durham, N.C.
The ACMA outstanding volunteer member award went to Perry Bennett, health, safety and environmental director of Molded Fiber Glass Cos. of Ashtabula, Ohio.
Matt Chambers, president of Design Concepts/Marine Concepts of Cape Coral, Fla., won the ACMA hall of fame award.
ACMA's liftetime achievement award went to Michael Hood, president of Hood Manufacturing Inc. in Santa Ana, Calif.
SAMPE recognized the society's international technical director, Scott Beckwith, with its first North American distinguished service award. Beckwith, SAMPE technical director since 1998, is president of BTG Composites Inc. of Taylorsville, Utah.
SAMPE presented John Tracy with the society's George Lubin Memorial Award. Tracy retired recently as chief technology officer and senior vice president of Boeing Co. of Chicago.
Three new SAMPE fellows were recognized for distinguished contributions: Paolo Ermanni, professor of composite materials and adaptive structures at ETH Polytechnic of Zurich, Switzerland; Michael (Mick) Maher of Baltimore, an industry consultant, former Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program manager and industry contributor; and Zhongmin Xue, chairman of Sinoma Science & Technology Co. Ltd. of Beijing, the largest composite materials manufacturer in China.
SAMPE honored Tony Saliba with a Mort Kushner lifetime achievement award. Saliba holds the Wilke endowed chair and is dean emeritus and Marianist educational associate at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.
Previously in May, SAMPE recognized two other members with Mort Kushner lifetime achievement awards: James T. Johnson of Sinclair Community College in Dayton and Adrie Kwakernaak of the Adhesion Institute at the Delft Technical Institute in the Netherlands.