Awards

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Lifetime Achievement Award

This is PMA's highest award. Winners are esteemed individuals who throughout their careers have made extraordinary contributions to the success and stature of the PMA or the polyurethane elastomers industry. Individuals may be nominated by any PMA member in writing to the PMA President. Nominations are then reviewed by the Board of Directors and recipients are awarded during the Annual Meeting each Spring.

2017: Don Barge
          Bill Brown
          Jerry Bryce
          Naureen Stone

2016: Howard Cox
 Chuck Demarest
 Dick Palinkas
 Walt Smith
 
2006: Jay Meili
Nominated by Jamie Schmidt

2001: Richard J Gallagher Sr.
1st ever award, at 30th anniversary
 
Unknown dates:
Dan Stone
Bob White
Ian Mackenzie
Paul Harker
Peter Wright
Doug Rodenburg
Rodger Davis
 

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is awarded to a member of PMA who has given unselfishly of his or her time and resources for the benefit of Polyurethane Manufacturers Association. Individuals may be nominated by any PMA member in writing to the PMA President. Nominations are then reviewed by the Board of Directors and recipients are awarded during the Annual Meeting each Spring.

Andy Clock
ADC Solutions LLC

Robert Gleason
American Cyanamid Company
 
Dr. Jay E. Meili
Molded Dimensions, Inc.
 
Arvid Sather
Michael Best & Friedrich
 
Lou Sauer
Dynasauer Corporation
 
Eric Sheard
Lescon, Inc.
 
George Kilbride
Mandrels Incorporated
 
Ms. Michael McMIllin
Dow Chemical (USA)
 
Howard A. Smith
Condux
 
Robert Smith
Thombert, Inc.
 
Richard J. Gallagher, Sr.
Gallagher Corporation
 
Thomas R. Davis
Palmer Davis Seika, Inc.

President's Special Award

At times the Awards Committee presents recognition in cases where contributions are notable, but members were not nominated for one of the above awards. Individuals are identified by the Awards Committee, nominations need not be submitted. 

2006: Dave Pollock
Nominated by Eric Sheard for his commitment to the PMA through his involvement with the PTS.

2001: Ted Culver
President of the British Rubber Manufacturers Association, for his leadership on issues of mutual concern to the members of both associations and special counsel to PMA’s members and staff.

2001: Joe Brothers
From the Gates Rubber Company, for initiating PMA’s strategic planning process and managing its implementation through its first major revision long past his terms as Association President and on the Board of Directors.

2001: Dr. Ron Fuest
From Uniroyal Chemical, for his many contributions to PMA including service on the Board of Directors and as the first Technology Division Manager, and as the author of PMA’s Speaker’s Bureau presentation.
 

Best Paper Awards

Awards are determined by the polling the member companies present at the Annual Meeting. One vote is counted for each member company in attendance immediately following the presentation of the papers. 

2017: Linda Katz & Sara Sina
Molded Dimensions, Inc
"Urethane Restoration Team"
Paper presented at 2017 meeting at The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2016: Tom Peter
Chemtura Corp
"Choosing the best alternatives to MOCA cured TDI polyurethanes"
Paper presented at 2016 meeting at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV

2015: Steve Seneker
Anderson Development Co 
"Ultra High-Performance Elastomers Based on Trans-Bis (Isocyanatomethyl Cyclohexane)"
Paper presented at 2015 meeting at The Omni Charlotte Hotel, Charlotte, NC

2014: Chuck Demarest
Cerulean Technologies 
"Life Beyond MOCA"
Paper presented at 2014 meeting in J.W. Marriott in Phoenix, Arizona 

2013: Wayne Willkomm
Novomer, Inc.
"Novel CO2-based Polycarbonate Polyols for Cast Urethanes"
Paper presented at 2013 meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada 

2011: State Mix
"Vertical Casting of Large Rolls Without Using Any Molds"
Paper presented at the 2011 meeting at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Florida

2010: Charles Demarest, Hari Sunkara
Aragon Elastomers & DuPont
"DuPont™ CerDuPont™ Cerenol® Polyol: A Novel Renewably Sourced Ingredient for Polyurethanes"
Paper presented at the 2010 meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada

2009: Mark Ferrandino
Chemtura Corporation 
"Adiprene Duracast: An Easy to Use High-Performance Urethane System"
Paper presented at the  2009 meeting in Savannah, Georgia 

2008: David Moore
Ticona Polymers 
"UHMW-PE Micro Powder Additive for Cast Polyurethane"
Paper presented at the 2008 meeting in San Antonio, Texas

2006: Jeffrey Means
LORD Corporation
"Adhesives for Castable Polyurethane: A Process Review"
Paper presented at the 2006 meeting in Orlando, Florida

2005: Harry Coffee
Nautilus Composites
"Pultrusion of Fast-Gel Thermoset Polyurethanes: Processing Considerations and Mechanical Properties"
Paper presented at the 2006 meeting in Rancho Mirage, California

1994: Hal Wilkinson
Walt Disney World Company  
"Dynamic Testing of Materials and Geometry for Transportation Wheels"
Paper presented at the 1994 meeting in Wesley Chapel, Florida

1993: Charles Demarest
Kryptonics, Inc.   

"Engineering Solutions to Regulatory Issues"
Paper presented at the 1993 meeting in Portland, Oregon 
 
1993: Reinaldo M. Machado
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.   

"The Current State of Technology for the Recycling of Polyurethane Plastics"
Paper presented at the 1993 meeting in Tucson, Arizona

1992: Shenshen Wu
Acushnet Company/Titleist/Foot-Joy W.W.  
"Utilization of a Vibrating Needle Curemeter for Process Control"
Paper presented at the 1992 meeting in Boston, Massachusetts

1992: E.L. McInnis & S.A. Stocker
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.   
"Mechanisms and Test Methods for the Abrasive Wear of Polyurethane Elastomers"
Paper presented at the 1992 meeting in Allentown, Pennsylvania 

1991: Susan M. Clift
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.   

"Designing Polyurethane Elastomers for Dynamic Applications"
Paper presented at the 1991 meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina


1990: Richard Palinkas
Uniroyal Chemical Company, Inc.  

"Materials Characterization in Design of Elastomeric Parts"
Paper presented at the 1990 meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio

1990: Eric Sheard
Lescon, Inc.

"Removing Bubbles from Castable Liquid Polyurethane Raw Materials"
Paper presented at the 1990 meeting in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida
 
1989: Peter F.H. Plank
Air Products and Chemicals Inc. 

"Airthane Perfect Polymers: Meeting Performance Requirements Through Technology"
Paper presented at the 1989 meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona

1989: Jan Cernosek
Photostrain

"Stress-freezing Photoelasticity - Cost Effective Design Tool"
Paper presented at the 1989 meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona 
 
1988: Charles Demarest
Kryptonics, Inc. 

"Resilience As A Design Criterion In Polyurethane Elastomers"
Paper presented at the 1988 meeting in Buffalo, New York

1988: Daniel L. Hertz, Jr. 
Seals Eastern Inc. 
"Elastomers as an Engineering Material"
Paper presented at the 1988 meeting in San Diego, California
 
1987: Robert H. Leitheiser
Freeman Chemical Corporation

"Hybrid Polyester Urethane Elastomers"
Paper presented at the 1987 meeting in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada 

1987: Chester Zawacki
Uniroyal Chemical Company

"ROYALCAST Castable Plastics -- A Growth Opportunity for the Polyurethane Caster"
Paper presented at the 1987 meeting in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

1987: Richard Palinkas
Uniroyal Chemical Company
"Engineering with Polyurethanes"
Paper presented at the 1987 meeting in Dallas, Texas 

1986: Stig Rosenquist
Universal Recreation
"Use of Polyurethanes on Foam Padded Water Rides"
Paper presented at the 1986 meeting in Nashville, Tennesse

1986: James Chapman
Mobay Corporation

"Hazardous Communication Standard Regulations"
Paper presented at the 1986 meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona

1986: Thomas Kern
Polaroid Corporation
"Oligomeric Diaminobenzoates: A Unique Class of Long Chain Reactive Amines"
Paper presented at the 1986 meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona 

1985: Michael Szycher
Thermedics, Inc.
"Advanced UV-Curable Polyurethanes for Wound Dressings”
Paper presented at the 1985 meeting in Boston, Massachusetts

1985: Charles Snoek
The Upjohn Company
"Polyurethane -- the Second Wave”
Paper presented at the 1985 meeting in Atlanta, Georgia

1984: Eugene Chang
American Cyanamid Company
"Novel Cast Polyurethane Elastomers”
Paper presented at the 1984 meeting in Chicago, Illinois

1984: Michael Harms
Michael Harms Associates
"Marketing to the Oil Patch”
Paper presented at the 1984 meeting in Houston, Texas

1983:John E. Tiedemann
Essex Specialty Products Division; Elastomeric Products Department
"Development of Processable High Durometer Elastomer Systems"
Paper presented at the 1983 meeting in Miami, Florida

1983: Walt Smith
Thombert, Inc. 
"Guide to Processing MDI Elastomers"
Paper presented at the 1983 meeting in Kansas City, Missouri

1982: David Tweet
Cargill, Inc.; Rhino-Hyde Products Department
"Comparison of Abrasion-Resistant Materials from the User's Viewpoint"
Paper presented at the 1982 meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico

1982: Eric A. Sheard
Lescon, Inc. 
"The Manufacturers' Representative/Principal Relationship" 
Paper presented at the 1982 meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

1981: David Tweet
Cargill, Inc.; Rhino-Hyde Products Department
"The Everwear Bucket Story"
Paper presented at the 1981 meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana

1981: Lawrence Plummer
E. I. du Pont de Nemours
"Processing Characteristics of Cast MDI-Based Polyurethane Elastomers"
Paper presented at the 1981 meeting in Lincolnshire, Illinois

1980: Dr. Leo Ahramjiam
E. I. du Pont de Nemours
"New Caytur 21: A Novel Curative for Polyether Isocyanate Prepolymers"
Paper presented at the 1980 meeting in Buford, Georgia 

1980: Dr. Herman V. Boenig
Lord Kinematics
"Thermal Limits in Urethane Polymers
Paper presented at the 1980 meeting in Bloomington, Minnesota

1979: T. R. McClellan
The Upjohn Company
"Cast Urethanes & RIM Processing: The MDI Bridge"
Paper presented at the 1979 meeting in San Diego, California 

1979: Dr. Marion Rhodes
University of Massachusetts
"The Correlation of Morphology with Formulation, Processing and Properties of the Polyurethane Elastomers"
Paper presented at the 1979 meeting in Norfolk, Virginia

 

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