In recognition and acknowledgment of their extraordinary contributions to the Wiring Harness Manufacturer’s Association (WHMA) and the cable and wire harness industry, four long-time WHMA members were presented with coveted WHMA awards. Two WHMA Hall of Fame and two WHMA Volunteer Excellence Awards were presented at WHMA’s 29th Annual Wire Harness Conference on February 16.

This WHMA Hall of Fame award recognizes extraordinary contributions with broad significance to the cable and wire harness industry and distinguished service to WHMA. Award recipients support the advancement of industry, consistent with the goals and mission of WHMA. This is the highest level of recognition WHMA can give to a member and is based on exceptional merit over the long term.

This year’s inductees are Norm Sagon, NFS, and Bud Bowen, Winchester Interconnect.

Norm Sagon was recognized for his long-term service to WHMA as one of the association founders, Board of Directors member, and chair of the WHMA board, for many years of promoting WHMA and the programs of WHMA and for contributions to WHMA’s mission to lead, educate and connect our members globally.

Bud Bowen was recognized for his long-term service, strategic leadership as a member of WHMA’s Board of Directors, for his leadership representing WHMA’s interest in the industry’s acceptability standard, WHMA/IPC-A-620, and for contributions to WHMA’s mission to lead, educate and connect our members globally.

“The Hall of Fame winners represent the best of the best—strategic, visionary and committed—Norm Sagon and Bud Bowen have demonstrated passion, dedication and a continued commitment to propel the harness, cable and interconnect industry forward,” said Joe DeMan, chairman of the WHMA Board. “WHMA is honored to acknowledge the hard work of these exceptional leaders. They are truly the heroes and champions of our industry”

The WHMA Volunteer Excellence Award honors individuals from WHMA-member companies who have demonstrated ongoing leadership in WHMA activities and have contributed significant time and talent to the association and the cable and wire harness industry.

This year’s recipients are Parker Garrett, EMSCO, and Cathy Hanlin, Precision Manufacturing Company Inc.

Parker Garrett was recognized for his contributions to the WHMA Board, the Board nominating committee, and his significant contributions to the WHMA annual meeting in the role of program committee member.

Cathy Hanlin was recognized for her leadership of the WHMA/IPC-A-620 committee, member of the A-620 “A-Team,” and helping to achieve the highest rating of on-time comment resolution and on-time publication of the standard.

“The leadership shown by our Volunteer Excellence Award recipients has made a significant impact on WHMA and will do so for years to come,” said DeMan. “We are privileged that Cathy and Parker have chosen to share their knowledge and expertise with us and with the entire global wire harness manufacturing industry.”

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