CLEVELAND—The ACS Rubber Division held its business and awards meeting on Oct. 15, the closing day of the three-day International Elastomer Conference at the Cleveland Convention Center.
William Stahl, treasurer of the Division, said the show had 259 booths, an increase of 33 from 2013. Additionally, the conference used 59,100 square feet of space, an increase of 5,600 square feet. In total, $1.44 million of booth revenue was collected, an increase of $212,815 from 2013.
He reported the expo exceeded budget by $141,434.
Terry DeLapa, who served as the first female chair of the Rubber Division ACS in 2015, opened the ceremony and presented several awards to industry executives throughout the meeting.
Shelby Washko was the recipient of the Arnold Smith Special Service Award.
“Shelby's been our historian since 1991 ... She chairs the (history) committee,” DeLapa said.
“She's also the person you see walking the floor, going to all the meetings and taking photos so that we can have the memories of all the things we do here. And we keep her busy with that.”
Since 1991, Washko has been a member of the service awards committee, served on the public relations committee from 1991-2003 and served on various other committees.
“The Rubber Division values the countless hours of your dedication and helping build the success of our organization,” DeLapa said.
“I've gotten a lot of compliments and a lot of praise this week for being the first woman chair of the division. I have to tell you, Shelby was one of my inspirations right from the beginning. So thank you, Shelby.”