July 12, 2016 (Arlington, Va.) – The American Composites Manufacturers Association(ACMA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2016-2017 ACMA Membership Awards, sponsored by Bestbath, Johns Manville and North American Composites. These awards recognize the exceptional people who have done their part in making the field of composites a great industry.
This year’s winners are:
- Outstanding Volunteer Award: Perry Bennett – Health, Safety and Environmental Director, Molded Fiber Glass Companies
- Hall of Fame Award: Matt Chambers – President, Design Concepts/Marine Concepts
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael Hood – President, Hood Manufacturing, Inc. (HMI)
“It is very important for ACMA to acknowledge and thank the people who have selflessly gone above and beyond to contribute to the vitality and growth of the composites industry,” said Tom Dobbins, ACMA President. “All three award winners have been prominent leaders in the composites industry for decades.”
Perry Bennett has 39 years of experience in the environmental health and safety field, and has been an active in ACMA’s Government Affairs Committee since its inception in 1995. Perry is also an active member of the Styrene Information Research Center (SIRC) Science and Technology Task Group, and the Public Affairs Task Group.
Matt Chambers has 26 years of composites industry experience and leadership, and has been with Design Concepts / Marine Concepts since 2006 (formally known as JRL Ventures, Inc. / Marine Concepts). As president of the Southwest Florida Manufacturers Association, he won the 2013 Small Business Ambassador Award for Manufacturing from Florida Governor Rick Scott. Under his leadership, JRL Ventures, Inc. won 2010 Manufacturer of the Year from the Manufacturers Association of Florida. Matt is a 2x recipient of the Brunswick, US Marine, Leadership Award. In 1995, he received the USA Today Rochester Institute of Technology Leader Award. He has also served on ACMA’s Board of Directors and as the chairman of ACMA’s Government Affairs Committee.
Michael Hood has more than 50 years of composites experience, having worked for Hood Manufacturing since 1963. He has run the company since the mid-1980s. He is a former member of the ACMA Western Region Board of Directors and ACMA Membership Committee. Additionally, he has been active in Southern California-area workforce development, having served as the Chair of the Board of the Santa Ana Workforce Investment Board.
ACMA will celebrate and recognize these influential leaders of the composites industry at ACMA’s exclusive Membership Awards and Recognition Ceremony at the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) – Monday, September 26 from 5-7 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center. During the ceremony, ACMA will also announce the winner of its prestigious Chairman’s Award.
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