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Distributor's Link Magazine Summer 2018 / Vol 41 No3


40 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK INDUSTRIAL FASTENERS INSTITUTE 636 Oak Tree Blvd., Independence, OH 44131 TEL 216-241-1482 FAX 216-241-5901 EMAIL WEB 2018 IFI SOARING EAGLE AWARDS: RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED IN KIAWAH ISLAND, SC At an awards ceremony held during the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, the IFI Soaring Eagle Service Award was presented to Robert J. Harris, retired from IFI; and the IFI Soaring Eagle Technology Award was presented to Michael Lawler, Continental Aero. The 2018 Soaring Eagle Service Award Recipient Is Robert J. Harris 2018 IFI SOARING EAGLE SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT ROBERT J. HARRIS AND WIFE, PAT The IFI Soaring Eagle Service Award recognizes individuals who have contributed outstanding time and effort in the leadership of the Industrial Fasteners Institute and/or contributed to the health and well-being of the entire industrial fastener industry. Rob Harris grew up in the Blue Grass State of Kentucky and graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY. He completed a Master’s in International Finance from College of William & Mary, followed by an MBA from DePaul University. He was a gunboat Captain during the Vietnam War. His experiences include Port Captain with Amoco International Oil Co., Fleet Captain with SOHIO/BP, and corporate VP for an Aerospace company producing astronaut life support and propulsion systems for NASA shuttle and space station programs. He also oversaw the construction of all ships built for Amoco around the world. Rob joined the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) in 1995 as Managing Director. His first and most significant impact was to stabilize IFI’s financial situation, which he did in part by directly overseeing industry trade shows in Cleveland and Chicago for six years, adding three quarters of a million dollars to reserves. Then, with Institute leadership, he reorganized IFI Divisions and rationalized dues resulting in reserves now being at the two years’ operating cost level of .1 million. He also relocated IFI headquarters from downtown Cleveland to co-location with PMA reducing annual operating and staffing costs by about 0,000. A major challenge facing the fastener industry in the 1990s was the Fastener Quality Act (FQA). With Rob’s leadership and strong membership support, IFI reversed the industry’s stance on the FQA and succeeded, with the assistance of representatives in Washington, in amending the FQA to the industry’s benefit. Rob mobilized membership participation through the successful publication of the 7th, 8th and 9th Inch Fastener Standards and 3rd Metric Fastener Standards editions. He changed the production of the books from conventional printing to desktop publishing, literally saving years of preparation and hundreds of thousands of dollars in production costs for each revision. TECHNICAL ARTICLE CONTINUED ON PAGE 118


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