The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the winners of its annual awards at the association’s recent annual meeting in Atlanta. The ISFA awards are chosen by association members, and given to those in the industry that stand out as the very best.
Taking top honors, the Hall of Fame Award was presented to Jack Hussey of Jack’s Custom Woodworking (JCW), inWoburn,Mass. The Hall of Fame Award is given to the individual, or individuals, who have in the course of their career made significant contributions to the decorative surfacing industry, and have demonstrated leadership and commitment to the ideals of ISFA. Hussey, an early adapter of solid surface, has run his business for more than 40 years and was a member of ISFA since its inception. He earned the award for being a strong advocate for the association and leading by example. Hussey has served as a past state coordinator for ISFA, has always been an innovator in the surfacing industry, and was the 2001 winner of the ISFA Fabricator of the Year Award.
The other honored winners are:
The Fabricator of the Year is awarded to an individual of a fabricator member company that in the past year has best exemplified the ISFA ideals of quality, innovation, character and exemplary service to ISFA and/or the decorative surfacing industry, with overall excellence. The winner for 2012 was Ted Sherritt, of Floform in Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada, for his continued support of ISFA, even after finishing his many years of service on the Board of Directors. He continually helps in adding to the goodwill of the fabrication community and is a model leader with a proven business record.
The Associate of the Year Award is given to an associate member company that in the past year has best exemplified the role of servicing the needs of fabricator member companies, and who has best supported ISFA in all activities. This year’s winner is Cosentino for its support of ISFA goals and members. The company readily participates in all ISFA functions and supports the association wherever needed, with time, goods, open access to facilities and funding.
The Innovator Award is for the member firm or individual who goes outside the box to create a product or system that enhances the life or elevates the role of the surface fabricator. The winner for 2012 was Karran for pioneering the undermounted sink for laminate, as well as its innovative Edge series of flush-mount stainless sinks for solid surface, which allows for near-seamless integration of stainless steel sinks that helps eliminate bacteria growth points.
The Envision Award is given to the ISFA member firm or individual that excels in creating something imaginative and special for the surfacing industry. The winner for 2012 was Moraware’s Harry Hollander for producing a new and upgraded countertop layout program that increases the capabilities of fabricators while retaining the ease of use for the system, and also for creating the free Remnant Swap service available to fabricators so they can repurpose their scrap, keeping it from the landfills.