Washington, D.C., April 7, 2014 — On April 7, the American Coatings Association (ACA) presented Industry Achievement Awards to Karl Altergott and members of ACA’s PaintPAC Steering Committee at its AwardsDinner, held prior to the American Coatings Show April 8-10, 2012, in Atlanta, Ga. The Industry Achievement Award is given in recognition of specific contributions to the paint and coatings industry.
Karl Altergott, president of Dunn-Edwards Corporation, has served as a member and chair of the PaintCare® Board of Directors from 2012 to 2014. An avid supporter of ACA’s landmark paint product stewardship program, as chair of the PaintCare Board, Altergott guided implementation of the program in California, which is not only the largest state in the United States, but then, just the second state to adopt the program. Throughout this immense undertaking, Altergott not only served as a leader for paint manufacturers, but also as an example to retailers — by volunteering all Dunn-Edwards paint stores in California as program collection sites.
ACA’s PaintPAC Steering Committee members —Steve Dearborn, Miller Paint Company Inc.; Steve DeVoe, Kelly-Moore Paint Co. Inc.; Chuck Bennett, Randolph Products Company; Tom White, United Gilsonite Laboratories; Sandy Berg, Ellis Paint Company; Laurel Jamison, Rudd Company, Inc.; Myron Petruch, Sun Chemical Corporation; Chris Farrell, DSM Coatings Resins; and Kerry Mattox, Egyptian Coatings — were acknowledged as Industry Achievers.
PaintPAC, ACA’s political action committee, guides and directs the association’s advocacy efforts by supporting candidates that understand the coatings industry and are committed to improving the political environment for business. An essential aspect of ACA's role as an advocate for the industry is to educate decision makers with regard to important industry issues such as air quality, tort liability, chemicals management, product stewardship, waste management, labor and safety in the workplace, facility security, corporate tax, and international trade. All of these issues are directly affected by elected officials at the federal, state and local levels. With the development of ACA’s landmark product stewardship program, PaintCare®, PaintPAC’s Steering Committee worked diligently with ACA’s state paint councils and local lobbyists in all of the states where PaintCare legislation has been introduced in order to facilitate and maintain good relationships with the relevant decision-makers in the state.
Moreover, PaintPAC’s Steering Committee has been instrumental in making its annual silent auction — its primary fundraising event — a success by contributing auction items and encouraging support from the industry. Without a robust silent auction driven by the PaintPAC Steering Committee, and the proceeds gained from this event, PaintPAC would not be able to maintain its valuable political relationships.
The American Coatings Association (ACA), co-host of the American Coatings Conference and Show, is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the professionals who work in it. The organization represents paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors, and technical professionals. ACA serves as an advocate and ally for members on legislative, regulatory and judicial issues, and provides forums for the advancement and promotion of the industry through educational and professional development services.