AHAM Honors Industry Leaders

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers honored several industry leaders for their contributions and leadership to the home appliance industry and to the association. They were recognized during AHAM’s annual member meeting, held May 2-3 in Boca Raton, FL.

The Home Appliance Industry Leadership Award was presented to Phil Manthei, senior staff engineer, Safety/Codes Approval, Alliance Laundry Systems; Warrington Ellacott, senior manager, Government Relations, North America, Whirlpool Canada; and Mark Bissell, chairman and CEO, BISSELL, Inc.

Mark Bissell served as AHAM Chairman from 2010-2012 and served on the AHAM Board of Directors for 10 years.  During his term as Chairman, he oversaw the expansion of AHAM’s service and membership reach to include Canada.  Also, he was a leader in the formation of AHAM’s Floor Care Division in 2004.

Phil Manthei has been an involved member of AHAM for more than 15 years, demonstrating vast knowledge of laundry products and the impact of regulatory proposals, especially DOE test procedures, on the industry. Manthei’s involvement includes significant participation in member task forces and committees.

Warrington Ellacott is AHAM’s most active industry member in the regulatory and legislative sphere in Canada, according to the association. He currently chairs the board of the industry established Major Appliance Recycling Roundtable overseeing the British Columbia mandate on major appliance recycling.  Prior to the establishment of AHAM Canada, Ellacott was active with the Canadian Appliance Manufacturers Association (CAMA) and chaired its Board of Directors.

AHAM also presented the Gordon Stauffer Liston Durden Distinguished Service Award, which was renamed by the AHAM Board of Directors in honor of two of the home appliance industry’s most important leaders, Gordon Stauffer (1938-2013) of AGA Marvel and Liston Durden (1946-2011) of Viking Range Corporation, both of whom chaired the AHAM Board of Directors.  This special award recognizes significant contributions by virtue of longevity and quality of service to the Association and the home appliance industry.  The 2014 award was presented to Jim Bowman, Fellow, Honeywell International; Marie Chassot, manager, Market Research, BSH Home Appliances Corporation; and members of AHAM’s Safety Committees which pursue the industry’s desire to further enhance consumers’ lives through even safer products that also save energy, effort and time.

Jim Bowman has been involved in AHAM’s regulatory and technical efforts related to global climate change for more than 20 years and served as Chair of AHAM’s Supplier Division from 2012-2014.