Washington, D.C., April 7, 2014 — The American Coatings Association (ACA) today presented Madelyn Harding and Dr. Mark Nichols with the Industry Excellence Award. The ACA Industry Excellence Award recognizes individuals who have given many years of service to the industry, during which they have served the association and industry through significant technical contributions and/or participation on ACA Issue Management Committees. Harding and Nichols received the reward during the ACA Awards Dinner, prior to the American Coatings Show April 8-10, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga.
Madelyn Harding, retired director of Regulatory Affairs forThe Sherwin-Williams Company, has been actively involved for more than a decade in various ACA Issue Management Committees, including the Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) VOC, Industrial Coatings Air Regulatory, and Product Stewardship Committees. She has been an industry advocacy leader in these areas for well over two decades. During this time, Harding has been indispensable to ACA in identifying critical regulatory issues for these committees to follow, and has also provided much-needed data and support to staff so that the association could successfully work through these issues. In particular, her advocacy assistance with difficult regulatory negotiations with California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District on a host of air quality matters helped ACA and industry mitigate the onerousness of many of the district’s proposed rules.
Dr. Mark Nichols, technical leader and head of the Paint Research Group for Ford Motor Company’s Materials Research and Advanced Engineering Department, has generously shared his time and expertise on emerging coatings technology in the automotive industry with ACA and, prior to that, the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (FSCT). In his career with Ford, Dr. Nichols has helpeddevelop the first quantitative measurement of paint brittleness, made significant contributions to the science of paint durability, and was part of a team that introduced the first automotive high-solids solvent-borne three-wet paint system. Since 2010, he has served as editor-in-chief of ACA’s Journal of Coatings Technology and Research (JCTR), and under his leadership the high-quality of the technical journal has been unquestionable. Prior to that, he served as a technical editor, and has been a member of the journal’s editorial review board since 2004. Most recently, Dr. Nichols spearheaded collaboration with the International Society of Coating Science and Technology to produce a special issue of JCTR on advances is coatings research,published in January 2014. Dr. Nichols is co-author of Mechanical Properties of Coatings, which is published by ACA. Additional contributions to ACA include serving as a member of its Publications Subcommittee since 2004; Professional Development Committee from 1999 to 2002; and the advisory board of the association’s flagship publication, CoatingsTech. He has also chaired organizing committees for ACA’s Advancements in Coatings Series programs.
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.