Honored Life Membership awards

At IFAI’s annual meeting, immediate past chair of the board of directors, Kevin Yonce, MFC, IFM, CPP, announced the Honored Life Membership awards, given to four industry leaders this year. Chosen to receive this honor were Harry Daugherty, Chris Nolan, Mark Miller, and Glen Wood, recognized for their service to IFAI and commitment to the industry.

Harry Daugherty, P.E., has been referred to as “one of the greats in the fabric structures industry whose projects reach back to the Haj Terminal in Saudi Arabia.” His contributions to IFAI and Fabric Structures Association (FSA) span many years. He’s also written numerous articles for IFAI publications and has sponsored events for the organization. He was the first recipient of the “Industry Person of the Year” award presented by The Industrial Fabric Products Review (later Specialty Fabrics Review) magazine as “the person who most influenced the industrial fabrics industry in 1988 and who will most influence the industry’s future.” He served on the board of directors for the Lightweight Structures Association (later named FSA); was a member of the advisory board for Fabric Architecture magazine; a member of the advisory board for the Review magazine; and was a member, education committee, Tent Rental Division (TRD). He is now retired.

Mark Miller, MFC, is retired from his company, Sunmaster of Naples Inc., Naples, Fla., after 37 years in the industry. He has been a frequent speaker at industry meetings, architecture seminars and other IFAI-sponsored programs, covering topics on market expansion, field adjustments and problem solving, exotic structures and others. He has served on several IFAI committees and as a panel member at various events. His strong belief in pride of workmanship is evident in his company’s 58 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for projects since its first IAA winning award in 1978.

Christopher Nolan, IFM, Nolan UDA, leads a third-generation family company as managing director. An active member of the Australian Canvas and Synthetic Products Association, he has served as a member of the governing council multiple times, as chair of the editorial committee of Connections magazine, and has written many articles and presented technical papers on specialty textiles and applications. He recently served as chair of the Super Expo 2013 held in Gold Coast, Australia, and was previously a member of the Sydney2000 Organizing Committee. He served two consecutive three-year terms on the IFAI board of directors, making immeasurable contributions with his passion and attention to detail, good humor and generosity.

Glen Wood, MFC, exemplifies the phrase “southern gentleman” with his hospitality, wit and charm. His commitment to excellence and drive to make the best product that he can is well established. 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 Architect Education, Awning and Canopy Fabric Specifier’s Guide, and Awning Design Manual. He was the owner of Coastal Canvas Products in Savanna, Ga., until his retirement in 2012.

This recognition is by special request and at the discretion of the board of directors. Candidates must meet one or both of the following criteria: meritorious or outstanding work accomplished for the association; and/or exceptional accomplishments or extraordinary achievement while serving as an officer of the association.