William S. Sandler
Morris R. Beschloss Receives the Mensch Award
Former VMA Chairman Morris R. Beschloss was recently honored with the Mensch Award
from the Gerald R. Ford Chapter of the International Mensch Foundation. The second annual
remembrance ceremony took place on March 29 in Palm Desert, CA.
The Mensch Foundation was founded by Steven Geiger in 2002, in his words, “to develop an
educational curriculum to stamp-out stereotyping and anti-Semitic and racist thinking.” The
foundation’s goal is to “develop a tolerant social order of values, which respects minority rights
and freedom of speech and worship.” Beschloss escaped Nazi Germany as a child in 1939.
Garlock Project Leader Named Young Engineer of the Year
Sherwin Damdar, project leader for rubber expansion joints at Garlock Sealing Technologies,
was awarded the Rochester Engineering Society’s 2011 Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the
Year Award at a gala held April 28 in Rochester, NY.
The awards recognize young engineers for outstanding professional achievements and community service, and for activities that promote engineering excellence and leadership in the
Sherwin holds a Masters of Engineering degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology
and has eight patents pending.
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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
CHECK-ALL VALVE… reports that former
VMA Board member Tom Jensen retired as
president of the company effective June 30,
2012. Jensen, who has been with Check-All
for 23 years, will continue to serve as chairman of the board.
With Jensen’s exit, Mark Novak, sales
manager, has been promoted to president.
Novak has been with the company for 22
years and served in a number of positions.
CHROMATIC INDUS-TRIES… announced
the hire of its new president and CEO, Wayne
Hall, who took the reins
at Chromatic in April
2012 after nearly three
decades of experience in
the valve industry. Hall
previously worked with
TK Valve, Argus Valve, Puffer Sweiven and
CVI Solutions, where he was co-founder.
Chromatic was formed to acquire the Hemiwedge Cartridge Valve product line last May.
COLFAX… has named board member Steven
E. Simms as CEO. Clay Kiefaber, who had
been serving as president and CEO, has been
named CEO of Colfax’s ESAB business.
Simms has more than 20 years of senior
executive experience at leading global corporations. He spent 11 years from 1996 to
2007 in increasingly senior positions at
Danaher, most recently as executive vice
NIBCO... elected Steven Malm to the company’s board of directors during the annual
shareholder's meeting held in April. Malm is
president and COO of NIBCO Inc. and will
assume additional responsibilities as a member of the board during his one-year term.
Malm’s career spans 30 years spent in the
building construction industry specializing in
international business, mergers and acquisitions, and general management. After joining
NIBCO in 1996 as international vice president, Malm advanced to several key positions, and was appointed president and COO