Honored Life Members recognized at Gala celebration

The Industrial Fabrics Association International recognized four members for their contributions to the specialty fabrics industry at the organization's annual Gala dinner at IFAI Expo Americas in Baltimore, Md.

Missak Azirian, president of Alpha Productions Inc., Los Angeles, Calif., has been in the industry for 32 years and is a pioneer in the retractable awning industry in the U.S. His vision and ambition have had a significant and long-term influence on the awning business.

Ann Hunzinger, co-owner of Evanston Awning Co., Evanston, Ill., has been involved in the industry for more than 25 years, leading organizations at the regional, national and international level. For more than eight years she served on the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) board of directors. She has presented at industry events and seminars on many occasions. Evanston Awning is a charter member of IFAI.

Edward Hunzinger, Jr., MFC, co-owner and president of Evanston Awning Co., Evanston, Ill., has been part of the specialty fabrics industry for 45 years, providing leadership through various organizations on a regional, national and international level. He served on the PAMA board of directors for two terms and was president of the Mid-America 8 Canvas Products Association.

Rosemary Krienke, MFC, IFM, CPP, former owner of North Texas Tarp and Awning, Denton, Texas, has been an active member of PAMA and a long-time member of the Tarp Association board of directors. Even in retirement she continues to serve as a member of the Awning and Canopy MFC Task Group. She is one of only four people in the industry to earn the Master Fabric Craftsman, Industrial Fabrics Craftsman and Certified Project Planner certifications.