Washington, D.C., April 7, 2014 — The American Coatings Association (ACA) today presented Drew Vogel, president and CEO of Vogel Paint, Inc., and member of ACA and PaintCare®’s Board of Directors and ACA’s Industrial Coatings Committee, with the George Baugh Heckel Award, the association’s highest honor. Vogel received the award during ACA’s Awards Dinner, which is held prior to the American Coatings Show April 8-10, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga.
Vogel was recognized for his industry leadership efforts for over a generation,including spearheading a consolidated and successful response to some of the initial major Superfund cases impacting the paint and coatings industry. With his background from a multi-generation family-owned enterprise, Vogel has been able to provide invaluable insights to ACA staff on the regulations that matter most and impact the organization’s small and medium-sized members. His willingness to provide input and collaborate for the common welfare of the industry at-large has been inspirational.
As a member of the Original Steering Committee and PaintCare®’s original Board of Directors, Vogel was instrumental in developing ACA’s paint product stewardship program, from its initial incorporation to the development and implementation of the pilot program in Oregon. PaintCare® is a 501(C)(3) organization whose sole purpose is to ensure effective operation and efficient administration of paint product stewardship programs on behalf of all architectural paint manufacturers in the United States. Vogel worked tirelessly to see passage of the legislation that would bring the program to Minnesota in 2009/2010, at which time it was vetoed by the governor; but his efforts persevered, and legislation was passed and enacted in 2013, making Minnesota the fifth state to adopt PaintCare®.
Vogel began his career with Diamond Vogel Paints (now Vogel Paint, Inc.) in 1973. He served in various positions with his family’s company in Des Moines, Omaha, Minneapolis and Denver. In 1987, he and his wife Jean returned to his home town of Orange City, where they continue to reside. Drew and Jean have a daughter and two sons.
Vogel serves on the board of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, and the NOVA Paint Club, an association of international paint companies. For most of the past 25 years he served on the board of Northwestern College of Orange City, part of which he spent as board chair. He is also active on the board of the Luke Society, an international medical ministry, and ATLAS, a local ministry of support.
George Baugh Heckel was a pioneer of the paint and coatings industry. Although he was also known as an artist, poet, novelist, journalist, physician and surgeon, he chose to devote much of his effort to promoting the interests of the coatings industry.
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.