ABMA Emerging Leaders: First Happy Hour

The ABMA Emerging Leaders group hosted its inaugural happy hour on June 15, 2021. The group had a vibrant event punctuated by an entertaining storytime kickoff that eventually transitioned to a discussion on workplace demographics and other future educational topics for the group.

ABMA Emerging Leaders President Kevin White says, “The hour went by so fast and it was really awesome to see everyone jump right in and have a deep and serious discussion about workplace demographics. It was apparent that everyone in the group is committed to their organizations and the overall health of the industry, so to approach the issue from the ‘How Can We Help’ side of the equation was so refreshing.”

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ABMA Announces Dave Parr Retirement Plan

ABMA President Greg Miller announced on Tuesday the retirement and recruitment strategy to replace David Parr with a new ABMA Executive Director in 2022. Miller says, “Dave Parr has been ABMA Executive Director since 2002 and had told the ABMA board at that time he would serve for 20 years, retiring in 2022. I can speak for the Board when I say we are sorry to be at the event horizon for this change; and while we are sad to see Dave go after an accomplished tenure with ABMA, we are all working to find an outstanding leader who can continue ABMA on its long and storied trajectory.”

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ABMA Reports on Passage of Dick Noon

The ABMA reports that Richard Lawrence “Dick” Noon, age 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Born in Glen Ridge, N.J., Noon was a resident of Ridgewood for 50 years before moving to Hillsdale. He is a US Army veteran having served during the Korean War.

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ABMA 2021 Convention Feedback

By Meg Cooper

The 2021 ABMA Convention was held as a virtual event March 17-19, 2021, and you can see full coverage of the event in the May/June issue of Brushware. Today, we offer bonus feedback from the event with the full question and answer sessions conducted by Meg Cooper with several attendees of the event.

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ABMA Bonus Coverage: David Parr Interview

ABMA Executive Director David Parr

David Parr

By Meg Cooper

With the 2021 ABMA Convention being held as a virtual event, it presented the opportunity for a deeper look at the overall impact of the sessions. Meg Cooper was able to have a quick question-and-answer session with ABMA Executive Director David Parr on the success of the event.

How did you feel the virtual version of the ABMA Convention went?

Given the circumstances and the parameters we used I feel the event went very well.

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2021 Brushware May-June eMag Now Available

The 2021 March/April eMag issue of Brushware magazine is now available to all readers and is jam-packed with articles on the world of brushes, brooms, mops and paint products. Bob Lawrence profiles artisan broom maker Brian Newton in The Saga of Broomcorn Johnny as we extend our editorial coverage to explore the full range of the brush and broom culture.

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Jack Bernacki Awarded 2021 ABMA Scholarship

The ABMA Foundation awarded the 2021 Kathy K. Parr Scholarship for $2,500 to Miami (Ohio) University student Jack Bernacki who plans to use the money to defray tuition expenses. The foundation made the scholarship decision at their board meeting held on March 11, 2021.

The ABMA Foundation is the charitable arm of the American Brush Manufacturers Association. As the brushware industry’s premier philanthropic and charitable organization, the ABMA Foundation is a catalyst for uniting people and organizations to make a difference through better education and opportunity. The foundation secures contributions and provides grants for sustainable programs in research, education and assistance for our industry associates and their families in need.

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Wooster Brush Claims Innovation Award

The Wooster Brush Company Shortcut Hook and Hold Angle Sash Paintbrush is the 2021 winner of the ABMA William A. Cordes Innovation Excellence Award. The “Willie” as it is known in the industry, is given to recognize outstanding innovation of manufactured products, components or services in the Brush, Broom, Mop and Roller Industry. The award is named after William Cordes, who served as the association’s first president from 1917-1928.

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MAY/JUNE 2021

-The Saga of Broomcorn Johnny
-Profile: Andrew McIlroy
-The Pulse: Industrial Brushes
-People or Robots?
-ABMA Vision Takes Shape

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