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Frank E. McKulka receives NPCA's Heckel Award; Major industry awards announced.

The National Paint & Coatings Association (NPCA), Washington, D.C., presented the George Baugh Heckel Award to Frank E. McKulka, executive vice president of BASF Corporation and president of the company's NAFTA Region II, during its 117th Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, October 24-26. The award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the NPCA, is given to an individual who has distinguished himself or herself through contributing to a major industry success or to the advancement of an NPCA goal.


Mr. McKulka was instrumental in the creation and launch of the NPCA's CLEARCorps program. The program's mission is to reduce lead exposure to at-risk children and to educate at-risk communities in inner cities about the hazards of lead. As the CLEARCorps program began in the mid-1990s, Mr. McKulka guided a major lead exposure awareness community project in Detroit, MI, with the help of his company, BASF. Due largely to Mr. McKulka's championing, his company has donated nearly one million dollars to the CLEARCorps program and has played an integral role in advancing the program. In addition to his executive role with BASF, Mr. McKulka serves on the NPCA Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the Board of Directors for CLEARCorps/USA and The American Plastics Council, and the Board of Advisors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America.

Industry Statesman Awards

Also recognized at the NPCA Annual Meeting were six individuals who received the prestigious Industry Statesman Awards, given in recognition and appreciation of their "long and devoted service to the paint and coatings industry."

Larry Culver, retired marketing strategy and business development analyst for Eastman Chemical Company, worked for the company for more than 30 years. Mr. Culver served on NPCA's Management Information Committee's U.S. Paint & Coatings Market Analysis subcommittee from 1995 to 2004, becoming chair of the committee in 1998. He guided the execution of the 1999, 2001, and 2003 versions of the market analysis study.

Raymond Frederick, who passed away earlier this year, was retired from the Reynolds Metals Company after 42 years of service. He held many positions within the company's aluminum powders and pastes division, most recently serving as regional representative for the Midwestern region. Mr. Frederick held various positions in the NPCA through his involvement on committees and groups of the organizations. He chaired the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Chemists, and was a member of the Kansas City Paint and Coatings Association for more than 50 years.

Neville D. Petersen, retired in 2002 as director of coatings for Akzo Nobel after spending 43 years in the coatings industry. During his career, he held the position of CEO at Plascon South Africa and at Courtaulds Coatings, which was acquired by Akzo Nobel in 1998. Mr. Petersen has served as president of the European Council of the Paint, Printing Ink and Artists' Colours Industry (CEPE) and the International Paint and Printing Ink Council, for which NPCA serves as Secretariat.

David Porter, vice president of finance for StanChem Inc., has worked for StanChem since 1983 and will retire at the end of 2004. He has been a member of NPCA's Management Information Committee since 1987, serving as chair from 1996-1997.

Jean Schoder, the current Secretary General of the CEPE, has spent 40 years working in the industry in various European countries. He was a member of the Management Committee of the French Paint, Printing Ink and Adhesives Association (FIPEC) from 1985-1995, and chaired FIPEC's Finance and Social Affairs Committees during those years.

Richard A. Walton, retired chairman and CEO of Jamestown Paint, worked in the paint industry for more than 50 years. He has served on NPCA's Industrial Coatings Committee and its various subcommittees since 1976. He chaired the association's Superfund Committee from 1987-1996, working to educate Congress about NPCA's efforts on this issue. A member of NPCA's 50-Year Club, he has also been a member of the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology for 50 years. Mr. Walton was a member of the Cleveland Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA), having served in various roles including president and chair of the Community Involvement Committee during his 1983-1991 tenure. Through the committee, the Picture It Painted (PIP) program developed and implemented many programs with the cooperation of labor unions, paint contractors, manufacturers, and various suppliers.

Industry Achievement Awards

NPCA also presented nine individuals with Industry Achievement Awards in recognition of specific contributions to the paint and coatings industry.

Richard Bristol, director of Ace Hardware Corporation's Paint Division, chaired a NPCA Board-directed task force that researched and evaluated environmental and general liability insurance. Because of Mr. Bristol's leadership efforts, the task force is developing a program with insurance carriers to offer an advantage on Casualty, General Liability (CGL), and environmental liability policies to companies that exercise good work practices through participation in Coatings Care[R].

Karen Coker, manager of web marketing for Millennium Chemicals, and John Hall, director of marketing for Ti[O.sub.2]/Performance Chemicals for Millennium Chemicals, conceived and created NPCA's new monthly e-newsletter, "The Bench." The purpose of the newsletter is to promote the members of NPCA's Industry Suppliers Committee and provide practical information to the bench chemists and formulators in the industry. "The Bench," which reaches 2,000 email inboxes each month, has been lauded as a valuable and innovative resource to the supplier membership of the association.

Stephen Dickey, president of the performance coatings and finishes group for Ameron International Corporation, chaired NPCA's PaintPAC Steering Committee. PaintPAC's mission is to increase the effectiveness of industry communications and advocacy with elected and appointed officials at the federal and state level and favorably resolve issues that impact the industry. Under Dickey's chairmanship, PaintPAC has made significant strides over the first two years of its existence. PaintPAC met its initial fundraising goal in the first year of operation and continues to garner industry support and funding.

Ed Donnelly, group vice president for DuPont Coatings & Color Technologies, chaired NPCA's Association Finance Strategic Planning Subcommittee. Under his leadership, the subcommittee examined the association's dues structure, operating revenue and expenses, non-dues revenues, and member consolidation policies. It also recommended changes to help the association meet the needs of its membership over the next five years.

Peter Flood, chairman and CEO of the Flood Company, has been instrumental in the establishment and success of NPCA's AIM Coatings VOC Policy Subcommittee. Appointed at the direction of NPCA's Board of Directors, the subcommittee was charged with conducting a comprehensive review and preparing recommendations for NPCA's future policy for the architectural and industrial maintenance coatings sector. As the subcommittee's chair, he has been a key factor in its initial success in developing a policy and recommendations for the NPCA Board of Directors.

Joseph Junkin, president of California Products Corporation, was the chairman for NPCA's State Affairs Strategic Planning Subcommittee. He was praised during his tenure for being a focused and diligent leader. The mission of the subcommittee is to gauge the effectiveness of the NPCA's State Paint Council Network, which includes 11 paint councils that cover states key to the industry's health and prosperity.

Thomas Osborne, NPCA chairman and CEO of the Tnemec Company, chaired NPCA's Governance and Committee Structure Subcommittee. Guided by Mr. Osborne, the subcommittee carried out a detailed review of all NPCA activities and its committees with the goal of ensuring that the NPCA is operating at peek efficiency and effectiveness and meeting member needs.

James Weil, president of INSL-X Products Corporation, chaired NPCA's Membership & Association Consolidation Subcommittee. The subcommittee's task was to review past and present membership recruitment and retention activities and to develop a vision for expanding NPCA's membership. Mr. Weil's subcommittee was praised for "thinking outside the box" regarding membership and for developing a specific action plan for membership recruitment and retention.
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