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Gates Hydraulics head gets lifetime achievement award

Atlanta, Ga. -- Oct. 10, 2001 -- The PTDA has named Ralph Rivera, president of The Gates Rubber Co. 's Hydraulics D...


Atlanta, Ga. — Oct. 10, 2001 — The PTDA has named Ralph Rivera, president of The Gates Rubber Co. ‘s Hydraulics Division, the 13th recipient of the association’s Warren Pike Award for lifetime achievement in the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry at its annual meeting in Atlanta Oct. 4-6, 2001.

The award, given to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding, continuous, long-term support of PTDA and the PT/MC industry, is named for PTDA’s first president and co-founder and was established in 1984. It is presented only when an individual merits the honour and not necessarily every year.

Rivera is the fifth individual from a PTDA allied manufacturer member firm to win the award. Among its many products, Gates manufactures a wide variety of PT/MC components, including V-belts and synchronous belts, as well as hydraulic hoses and couplings.

Rivera has been actively involved in PTDA for more than 15 years. He was the association’s allied chairman in 1994, served on its allied council from 1991 to 1995 and was a director in 1993 and 1994.

Rivera’s extensive committee work for PTDA has included stints on its convention planning committee, strategic planning task force, partnering summit and certification focus group. He served on PTDA’s Educational & Scholastic Foundation in 1995 and 1996. This year, Rivera rejoined the foundation, and he continues to find time to contribute despite his worldwide responsibilities for Gates Hydraulics.

“No one is more deserving of PTDA’s Warren Pike Award than Ralph Rivera,” said Mary Sue Lyon, PTDA executive vice-president. “He is well respected throughout the industry for his knowledge, his abundant wisdom, his ever-present enthusiasm and his willingness to share his abilities and time with others. Ralph is a true industry leader and one that is dedicated to making the PT/MC industry a better place.”

Among other achievements, Rivera was honoured for providing strong direction to PTDA’s leadership and helping to improve relationships, co-operation and understanding between PT/MC manufacturers and distributors.