Chairman's Award Recipients

The following individuals have received the IFAI Chariman's Award:

1983—Don Keen
Mehler Coated Fabrics
Charlotte, NC, USA

The first Chairman’s Award was given to Don Keen for leading the development and distribution of a 30-minute film about the industry titled Assignment North America.

1983—Dr. Jean Pierre Giroud
JP Giroud Inc.
Ocean Ridge, FL, USA

Dr. Giroud was given the Chairman’s Award in recognition of his work in advancing the applications of fabrics used in the construction industry.

1984—Al Tauer
Kellwood Co.
New Haven, MO, USA

Al Tauer received the Chairman’s Award for his work in the association’s development of CPAI-84, the volunteer flame retardant standard used in the camping tent industry.

1986—James Powell, MFC
Van Nuys Awning
Van Nuys, CA, USA

James Powell earned the Chairman’s Award for his contribution in advancing the design and application of awnings.

1988—Roy Schweinfurth, MFC
Awnco Inc.
Chicago, IL, USA

Roy Schweinfurth, past president of IFAI, was given the Chairman’s Award for his tremendous personal contribution to the betterment of the association during difficult times.

1992—Roger Gant Jr.
Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC
Burlington, NC, USA

Roger Gant Jr. Gant was presented with the Chairman’s Award in recognition of his contribution of more than 40 years to the specialty fabrics industry, including many years of service to the association.

1995—Motonobu Nohmura
Taiyo Kogyo Corp.
Tokyo, Japan

Motonobu Nohmura received the Chairman’s Award for his outstanding contribution in the establishment of IFAI Japan.

1997—J.C. Egnew
Outdoor Venture Corp.
Stearns, KY, USA

J.C.Egnew earned the Chairman’s Award for his lifetime commitment and passion for improving the quality of life for his neighbors and employees.

2001—Robert M. Reilly Sr.
Miami Beach Awning Co. Inc.
Miami, FL, USA

Robert Reilly Sr. was given the Chairman’s Award in recognition of his continued support of the association’s exposition since 1926.

2003—Curtis C. Crawford
Belleville, KS, USA

Curtis Crawford was presented with the Chairman’s Award for his outstanding contribution in the development and implementation of IFAI’s new policy governance structure.

2012—Allen E. Gant, Jr.
Glen Raven, Inc.

Glen Raven, NC, USA

Allen E. Gant, Jr. was given the Chairman's Award during IFAI's 100 year anniversary celebration for his lifelong commitment to building a business that sustains his workers, their families, his community, his customers and our industry.

Award Criteria