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Four Individuals Honored with ACA Industry Statesmen Awards

Contact: Dorothy Brawner Monday, April 07, 2014

Washington, D.C., April 7, 2014 — Four industry members received Industry Statesmen Awards during the American Coatings Association’s (ACA) Awards Dinner, which was held April 7, prior to the American Coatings Show April 8-10, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga. The Industry Statesmen Award is an honor given to individuals at or near retirement, in recognition and appreciation of their long and devoted service to the paint and coatings industry.

The following are ACA’s 2014 Industry Statesmen Award recipients. 

Gene Brickhouse, general manager for True Value Manufacturing Company, has been an active ACA member for a decade, during which he has served on the association’s Architectural Coatings Committee, serving as chair from 2011 to 2012; Board of Directors and its Budget & Finance Committee; and PaintCare® Board of Directors since 2013. In that time, Brickhouse has provided guidance, direction and initiative for ACA in order to maximize the position of the architectural coatings portion of the paint industry and demonstrated this in particular, serving as one of the lead manufacturers to volunteer retail locations for collection sites in states with PaintCare® operations. 

Originally from Greenville, N.C., where he began his career with Weyerhaeuser Company’s Forest Product Division after getting out of the Air Force, Brickhouse devoted 23 years to Weyerhaeuser, progressing through plant engineering and management roles in both Greenville and Detroit, followed by a move to Chicago where he was general manager in Building Materials and later national account marketing manager. He then held general manager responsibilities at Hager Distribution and Boise Cascade.

In 2001, Brickhouse joined True Value as area general manager for the company’s regional distribution centers, becoming general manager in 2004, responsible for manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution  of True Value and General Paints’ architectural coatings products.

Brickhouse serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of McHenry County and the Cary Grove Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Holly have been married for 36 years and have two daughters, Lee and Gina, son Mike, and three grandchildren, Mikey, Sophie, and Jake.

Bill Mansfield, retired CEO and Chairman of the Board of The Valspar Corporation, leant his leadership to the association as a member of ACA’s Board of Directors from 2008 to 2013, serving a chairman from 2011 to 2012; vice chairman from 2009 to 2011; and member of its Budget and Finance Committee from 2012 to 2013. During that time, Mansfield also served on ACA’s Industrial Coatings Committee.

Mansfield joined Valspar in 1984. After experience leading most Valspar businesses, he was named COO in 2004. He served as CEO from 2005 through 2011, at which time he retired. Mansfield was a member of the company’s Board of Directors since 2005, and elected board chairman in 2007, and retired as chairman in 2012.

He currently serves as a director of Bemis Corporation, Axiall Corporation, and Triumph Group, Inc.

Mansfield holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Drexel University and earned his MBA at Lehigh University. A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Bill and his wife Patti currently reside in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

When asked to reflect on his career, Mansfield said: “I had the great fortune to enjoy an exciting and rewarding career with Valspar … My advice to a young person considering a career in the industry: look for companies with strong growth track records; embrace change; take risks; details matter — pay attention; and constantly ask yourself: ‘Am I creating value?’”

George R. Pilcher, retired vice president of The ChemQuest Group, Inc., imparted his expertise and guidance to ACA’s scientific and business management publications and committees for many years. Author of 33 articles published in scientific and technical journals, under ACA’s Management Information Committee stewardship, Picher served as the principal author of the association’s last two iterations of the Paint Industry Market Analysis —  the source of industry information and business intelligence. He also served on the Editorial Review Board of ACA’s Journal of Coatings Technology and Research and the Advisory Board for CoatingsTech magazine, for which he has contributed original articles. Pilcher served on the former FSCT Board of Directors, chaired the Roon and Mattiello Award Committees, and presented the keynote Mattiello Lecture during the FSCT Annual Meeting in 2004. He was presented with the FSCT’s George Baugh Heckel in 1996. He also chaired FSCT’s Professional Development Committee and, as president of the Coatings Industry Education Foundation (CIEF) from 1989-1995, headed initiatives to assist colleges and universities with coatings programs designed to graduate students who would quickly become productive coatings industry employees.   

Pilcher enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the coatings industry. He worked for AkzoNobel for over 25 years in a variety of research, development, and managerial positions within the company’s coil and industrial coatings businesses, concluding as the technical director of AkzoNobel's Coil and Extrusion Business Unit for North and South America. Prior to that, he worked 11 years in a variety of technical and supervisory positions in industrial coatings with The Sherwin-Williams Company, along with periods of service at the Hanna Chemical Coatings Corporation as its corporate technical director, and at Reliance Universal prior to its acquisition by AkzoNobel. 

Pilcher serves on the Westerville Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees. He and his wife Dorothy have three children: Katherine, Elizabeth, and Gregory.

Frederick Quinn, founder, CEO and chairman of Quest Specialty Chemicals, has served on ACA’s Board of Directors and Industrial Coatings Committee since 2008. He also served on the Budget & Finance Committee from 2012 to 2013. In his service to the association, Quinn helped shape discussion on contributions to potential PaintPAC candidates, and helped lead an executive-level task force on the Coatings Industry Education Foundation.

Quinn has 39 years of specialty chemical industry experience. Prior to starting and leading Quest Specialty Chemicals, he served as CEO at Royal Adhesives and was a division president at Sovereign Specialty Chemicals. Quinn also served as president of K.J. Quinn & Co., and business unit manager of Morton International Thermoplastic Polyurethanes. 

Quinn received his BA in International Relations and MBA from the University of Southern California. He and his wife Gingy have been married 45 years, and have a son and daughter, Meaghan and Brian.

When asked about his business philosophy, Quinn responded: “I have always held the simple view that the best slice of the proverbial P.I.E. is found in “People,’ ‘Ideas,” and ‘Execution.’ Bring the best People together, encourage the best Ideas from them, then Execute well on those ideas. This industry is blessed with an abundance of dedicated and talented people whose creative genius and execution have changed the durability and color of our world.”

The American Coatings Association (ACA), co-host of the American Coatings Conference and Show, is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the professionals who work in it. The organization represents paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors, and technical professionals. ACA serves as an advocate and ally for members on legislative, regulatory and judicial issues, and provides forums for the advancement and promotion of the industry through educational and professional development services.


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