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ACMA Membership Awards


Award Programs


Great Industries Have Great People Setting a Course for the Future

Each year, ACMA is proud to provide a platform for its outstanding members to be honored for their work to develop and grow critical markets, advocate for composites and help make others in the industry successful.

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, December 11, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. During the ceremony, ACMA will also announce the winner of its prestigious Chairman's Award. Sponsored by Bestbath, Johns Manville, and North American Composites.

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ACMA is proud to announce the winners of the 2017-2018 ACMA Membership Awards. 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:


Lifetime Achievement Award: 

Bob Long – Former CEO/Owner, Marine Concepts

Hall of Fame Award:

Robert Haberlein – Owner, Engineering Environmental

Outstanding Volunteer Award:

Robert Steffen, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Western Carolina University


"Through their passion for composites and commitment to ACMA, these people have made an indelible impact," said Gary Multanen, CEO of BestBath and Chairman of the ACMA Awards Committee. "Each of their accomplishments represents a major piece of the story of our industry."

Dr. Robert Steffen is the chairman of the standards committee of ACMA's Architectural Division. Under Dr. Steffen's leadership, the division published the 2016 edition of Guidelines and Recommended Practices for Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Architectural Products. The latest edition is the culmination of a major initiative to update the original edition of guidelines released in 1997. These guidelines and recommendations address the application of composites in architecture and help architects better understand how, when, where and why to use composites.

Dr. Robert Haberlein got his start in FRP composites in 1983 as the managing engineer at Cobalt Boats, a composite boat manufacturer in Neodesha, Kan. He became an independent consultant in 1991. Since 1997, he has worked continuously as a technical consultant to ACMA on a wide range of regulatory issues. He played a seminal role in the development of the industry's unified emission factors, which resulted in the EPA's Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) Standard for the composites industry that is reasonable and economically viable. He was also able to use styrene residual data to estimate lifetime exposure estimates for typical consumer products, which the industry can use to avoid potentially unnecessary Prop 65 labeling.

Bob Long is a marine industry icon. During his 18-year tenure at Wellcraft Marine, he led a team that reached more than $300 million in sales. Under his leadership, Wellcraft was awarded Boating Magazine's "Boat of the Year" award an unprecedented 25 times. Long was named the magazine's "Man of the Decade" in 1989. In his more than 20 years at Marine Concepts, Long has invested tens of thousands of dollars in research and development to stay at the forefront in composite tooling production in technical equipment. He attributes a great deal of his success to the people around him.

Award Nominations

Recognizing the exceptional people who have done their part in making the field of composites a great industry is a core goal of the Member Awards Program. Please consider nominating someone who you believe sets a standard of excellence, for one of the three awards listed below. Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis To submit your nominations, please download, complete and return the nomination forms below via fax to 703-525-0743 or scanned pdf to

Outstanding Volunteer Award

The strength of ACMA or any other association is the quality of its member volunteers. ACMA was proud to launch its Outstanding Volunteer Award at COMPOSITES 2009, the largest composites event in North America. Any ACMA member who has contributed significant volunteer time and effort to achieve positive results on behalf of the industry through service to ACMA is eligible. This can include service or leadership of a committee or can be work on a special project on behalf of the organization.

The 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Award recipient is Perry Bennett, Health, Safety and Environmental Director, Molded Fiber Glass Companies. 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.

ACMA Outstanding Volunteer Award Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award

Eligibility Criteria:

Nominees for ACMA's Lifetime Achievement Award must have been a business owner in the composites industry for at least 20 years and, through their involvement, has made a significant and lasting contribution to the industry. Nominees from all segments of the industry are eligible.

Significant and lasting contribution includes, but is not limited to, performance in any of the following areas:

Sitting members of the ACMA Board are not eligible for consideration of this award.

All former and future recipients of the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award will automatically be included in the Hall of Fame, without need for consideration by the Board of Directors. Inaugural members will be identified as Clare Bacon Hall of Fame or Lifetime Achievement inductees.

Nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award who were not selected and all Chairmans’ Award recipients will automatically be considered in the next year for the Hall of Fame selection.

The 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Michael Hood – President, Hood Manufacturing, Inc. 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 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Hall of Fame Award

Eligibility Criteria:

Any person who has attained distinction among his/her peers through their efforts, involvement and accomplishments in the composites industry and its associations.
Criteria for judging excellence shall include, but is not limited to, the individual’s performance in any of the following ways:

Sitting members of the ACMA Board are not eligible for induction into the Hall.

Nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award who were not selected and all Chairmans' Award recipients will automatically be considered in the next cycle for Hall of Fame selection.

The ACMA 2016 Hall of Fame inductee is Matt Chambers – President, Design Concepts/Marine Concepts.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.

ACMA Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Members

Herb B. Ailes Mark  Greenwood Gary Multanen
Don Aker Robert E. Griffin Royce Newsom
John B. Alfers L. June Gundrum Kanemasa Nomaguchi
Frank X. Ambrose James Hearons Samuel S. Oleesky
Thomas F. Anderson Richard Higgins John Owens
Larry Ashton Wes Hoch Harry J. Paulus
Jules Augsdorfer Charles Hoover Everett Pearson
John Avignon Jack Jenks Harry E. Pebly, Jr.
Clare E. Bacon Edward J. Jonasch Edwin Plueddemann
F. Robert Barnet Charles Jones Tom Priesel
John Berkson Jacques Kohn Jerry Purcell
Robert D. Bitten Margot Kohn Harriet Raymond
Robert J. Brinkeman Ray B. Krepps John Roesle
Frank A. Cassis Bob Lacovara Dominick V. Rosato
David J. Clavadetscher A.W. Levenhagen Carl Rue
C. William Cleworth George Lubin Burt Rutan
Frank W. Como James S. Lunn Al Schempp
Charles L. Condit Richard Malamphy Roger Sellew
William Cruse Terry McCabe William E. Smith
David  D’Antoni Hiram McCann Ralph H. Sonneborn
Frank  Dehmlow Charlie McClaskey Sherman Stambaugh
Fred Dierks Frederick J. McGarry George A. Stein
Robert Dieterle Terry McQuarrie Robert Sweet
Richard DiRienzo Leonard S. Meyer Walter A. Szymanski
George Dohn Lowell Miles Robert B. Truitt
Tom Doyle David Mohnke Roger B. White
T. Richard Evans Carole Monheim W. Burdette Wilkins
Harold B. Freeman Samuel A. Moore A.J. Wiltshire
Louis Garasi Laura E. Morrison Robert Winblad
M.C. Gill Robert S. Morrison Lawrence Wittman
W. Brandt Goldsworthy Richard Morrison P. Robert Young
William H. Gottlieb

Chairman's Award

The current ACMA chairman has the privilege of selecting one individual every year to honor with the Chairman’s Award.  This tradition was established in 1988 and has continued every year since.  This is the only ACMA award that does not accept nomination.

The 2016 Chairman’s Award recipient is John Gaither – President and CEO of Reichhold. John Gaither has more than 40 years of experience in the specialty chemical industry and has been with Reichhold since the late 1960s. John has been an active member of ACMA, serving on ACMA’s Board of Directors as well as being an active member of the Resin Managers Council. Under his leadership, Reichhold has become a leader in the industry and the company continues to invest in innovative developments and new technology.

Past Chairman’s Award Winners