The Executive Council of ASA’s Industrial Piping Division is pleased to announce that Morris R. Beschloss has been selected to receive the honor of the 2011 IPD Award of Excellence. The award will be presented during the Weldbend IPD Breakfast, to be held at 6:45 a.m. Sept. 15, as part of ASA’s Annual Convention, NetworkASA 2011, at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Beschloss is a well-known industry leader who has provided extensive guidance to members of the U.S. PVF industry for more than 50 years. In addition to growing several private firms, he was a four-year president of the Valve Manufacturer’s Association, in which time the group’s membership increased from 20 to 65. He also expanded the group’s membership to include ball and butterfly valve manufacturers, as well as producers of actuators, operators and associated flow control devices. Having become the youngest member of the VMA Board of Directors in 1962, he was instrumental in working with distributorship organizations, becoming one of the four architects who founded ASA’s Industrial Piping Division.
Beschloss became a director of the Pipe-Valve-Fitting Roundtable, and he was recently awarded the group’s first and only Director Emeritus Award. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer to a variety of PHCP groups and writes a monthly column, PVF on the Pulse, for The Wholesaler and PHC News. He also publishes a bimonthly newsletter, The Beschloss Perspective, and a daily economic blog that can be found at www.theworldreport.org.
“Morrie Beschloss has demonstrated the ultimate in leadership and dedication to the industry that is required of a recipient of the IPD Award of Excellence,” stated Pat Adams, ASA Industrial Piping Division chairman and president of MKS Pipe & Valve Co. “His willingness to share knowledge coupled with his influence within our industry has allowed ASA’s Industrial Piping Division to grow into the powerful group it is today.”
The IPD Award of Excellence was established in 2008 to honor a member of ASA’s Industrial Piping Division for achievement specifically related to the industrial and mechanical PVF segment of the industry. Criteria for the award include a record of significant accomplishment in the PVF industry with overall influence on the current status of the channel, a history of dedicated service to the IPD, an active participant in the division’s activities and a positive industry image as well as a positive impact on the industry overall. This award is not intended to be annual, but it is given at the discretion of the IPD Executive Council. The IPD Executive Council regularly solicits nominations from ASA’s IPD members. Previous recipients include Tim Arenberg, Gary Cartwright and Donald R. McNeeley.