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Matt Fridley of Brenntag North America Honored as Distributor of the Year; Dan McCusker of Datacor Named Affiliate of the Year; HS Services and TLC Ingredients Receive Responsible Distribution Excellence Award; and Aileen Smith Manzi named Employee of the Year
Today, during its first virtual Annual Meeting, the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) announced the winners of its annual awards, the Distributor of the Year Award, the Affiliate of the Year Award, the Responsible Distribution Excellence Award, and the Employee of the Year.
The Distributor of the Year and Affiliate of the Year Awards recognize NACD distributor members and Affiliate members, respectively, who make significant contributions of time and talent for the betterment of the chemical distribution industry, who contribute special achievements in chemical distribution, or who provide outstanding service to fellow NACD members or Affiliates.
The Responsible Distribution Excellence Award is presented to companies that demonstrate a sustained and rigorous commitment to NACD Responsible Distribution®, the association’s third-party-verified environmental health, safety, and security program.
The Employee of the Year recognizes an association employee who excelled at serving the mission and objectives of the association as well as providing performance in service to the membership and fellow employees.
“Each year, NACD and our members are inspired by our award recipients,” said NACD President and CEO Eric R. Byer. “In a year with so many challenges posed to our industry, our country, and our world, we are prouder than ever of these award recipients who not only met those challenges but also exceeded all our expectations.”
2020 Distributor of the Year Award: Matthew Fridley of Brenntag North America
Matt Fridley is Director of Safety and Security for Brenntag North America. He is the immediate past chair of the U.S. Chemical Sector Coordinating Council and a member of the U.S. delegation for chemical security at the G7 Summit and holds many other positions of responsibility in national and global organizations. Matt played a key role in some of the most impactful issues facing the chemical distribution industry in 2020. Most critically, Matt’s leadership was integral to ensuring chemical distribution was recognized as an essential industry and chemical distributors therefore were able to continue operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. He was also a lead coordinator of the successful effort on Capitol Hill to secure reauthorization of the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program.
2020 Affiliate of the Year Award: Dan McCusker of Datacor
Dan McCusker is Vice President of Sales at Datacor, which sells, supports, and delivers the only ERP software designed specifically for the chemical distribution industry. Dan’s dedication to the industry for the past twenty-five years has helped make hundreds of chemical distribution companies more successful by improving their operations. Dan served as chairman of the NACD ChemEdge Committee for two years and served on the NACD board during those years.
2020 Responsible Distribution Excellence Awards: HS Services and TLC Ingredients
An IMCD company, HS Services was formerly owned by HORN prior to its acquisition in 2018. HS Services joined NACD as a Chemical Handler Affiliate in 2015 and has consistently prioritized Responsible Distribution in every facet of their operations. Committed to improving their processes at all levels, HS Services’ electronic corrective and preventative action tracking system, CASE, ensures all employees can consistently access reports and customer profiles and submit non-compliance reports as well as customer complaints. Additionally, their newly added temperature-controlled food grade storage room, cybersecurity measures, and enhanced training at their facility demonstrate HS Services’ commitment to integrating Responsible Distribution at all levels of the company.
TLC Ingredients exemplifies a commitment to the continuous improvement of their company and to the tenets of Responsible Distribution through a variety of internal programs and initiatives. Focusing on regulatory requirements and compliance, TLC has a robust internal auditing program and has incorporated an extensive training process for new employees to ensure they have the resources and tools to be successful from day one. Additionally, TLC is extremely active when it comes to community outreach and supporting local first responders, as well as industry initiatives like their local Emergency Planning Committee and the Chemical Educational Foundation.
2020 NACD Employee of the Year: Aileen Smith Manzi
Aileen Smith Manzi is Senior Manager, Communications for NACD. She has been with the organization since 2018 and leads all of the association’s member communications, including the website, marketing collateral, social media, and branding. Through the challenges brought on by the pandemic, Aileen ensured our members were provided with daily updates on regulatory and essential industry information to aid in keeping their operations open. She also worked diligently through the ever-changing events and program moves from in-person to virtual, keeping the membership engaged and informed.
NACD and its nearly 400 member and Affiliate companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third-party-verified management practice. For more information, visit www.NACD.com.
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