The Chemical Coaters Association International honored the late Tom McCardle as the first posthumous winner of its highest honor, The James F. Wright Lifetime Achievement award during its 2011 Annual Meeting held in Welches, OR in mid-June.
McCardle’s award was accepted by his son, Dennis McCardle of Kolene Corporation, Dennis’s wife Pam, Tom’s son-in-law John Cole of Parker Ionics, and longtime colleague Jim Malloy of Kolene. Tom was recognized for his years of service to CCAI serving on the National Board and as National President. Tom was instrumental in hiring Anne Goyer as CCAI’s Executive Director in the late 1980s when then Executive Director Matt Heuertz retired.
“My family is truly touched that CCAI has given its highest award to my dad,” says Dennis McCardle. “I am fortunate to be able to work at a company where I am reminded of his talents and influences every day. When we presented the award to my mother, my brother and sister and I knew it would be very emotional. She wished you could have been there to share in our celebration as my father would have been very proud of this award. Dad was always thinking so far ahead; I am sure he would be thrilled at how far CCAI has come, but I truly think he saw what it could be. Thank you again for this wonderful honor of my father and his work.”