IFAI recognizes industry leaders

Each year the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) recognizes individuals who have made a difference in the specialty fabrics industry. This year eight Honored Life Members were chosen to receive the award.

John Boyle Bell has been one of the most admired leaders in our industry. His stewardship of the John Boyle Co., Statesville, N.C., founded in 1860, was exemplary. His competitive spirit led the John Boyle Co. to make inestimable contributions to the growth and success of our industry. He served as a director on the IFAI board from 1972 to 1977.

Robert Campbell, MFC, began working for Mt. Lebanon Awning & Tent Co., Presto, Pa., in 1969 and became the owner in 1980. He has been an active member of the Canvas Products Association, Zone 7, hosting multiple zone conventions and is past president of zone 7. He is also one of the longest serving members on the board of the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA).

Scott Campbell has been a tireless supporter and volunteer for IFAI, serving two terms on the PAMA board of directors. He also served on the IFAI board of directors, elected to his first three-year director term in 1995 and his 2nd in 1998. He was appointed to a three-year director term in 2001 and in 2003 and served as chair from 2007 to 2009. He continues to serve the industry by being a member of the Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) board of directors. Scott also spent many years of dedicated service to the Western Canvas Products Association. He is president of Rainier Industries Inc., Tukwila, Wash.

Under the leadership of Allen E. Gant Jr., President and CEO of Glen Raven Inc., Glen Raven, N.C., the company has had a significant impact on the specialty fabrics industry. He has served the industry in numerous ways, including as a member of President George W. Bush’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, as a board member of the North Carolina Textile Foundation Inc., as former chair of the National Council of Textile Organizations and as a member of the board of visitors of the UNC School of Business.

Pat Hayes, CPP, started Fabric Images in Elgin, Ill., with a staff of three in 1992. Since then it has grown to a business employing more than 250 people. He has served in many roles at IFAI at the division level and on the association’s board of directors for two three-year terms from 2005 to 2011. He has also written many articles for IFAI magazines and served on the Fabric Graphics magazine advisory board. He often talks about how he has benefitted from his IFAI membership, but he has also contributed a great deal to benefit others.

Dick Seaman, chairman of the board of Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio, has been a visionary leader in the field of coated fabrics. It has been through Seaman Corp., founded by his father in 1949, that he has made a monumental impact on his community and our industry. In addition, he has instilled in his company workforce the importance of giving back to the industry. Many of his staff members also volunteer on IFAI boards and committees.

Steve Warner served IFAI as president and CEO from 1986 through 2011. He has been active in the fabric industry since 1976 serving in many other capacities. He also served as president of IFF, on the IGS council of management, and the ISO working group on textile flammability. Under his leadership, IFAI grew to more than 1,700 members representing countries around the world.

Glenn Wood, MFC, was the owner of Coastal Canvas Products in Savanna, Ga., until his retirement earlier this year. His passion for the industry has been evident in his commitment to excellence and drive to make the best product that he can. He willingly gave of his time as a member of the PAMA board for many years and as chair of the PAMA Energy Task Force. He also served on task forces for the Architect Education, Awning and Canopy Fabric Specifier’s Guide, and Awning Design Manual.

IFAI congratulates all of the 2012 Honored Life Members.