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PTDA presents prestigious Warren Pike Award at Industry Summit

Washington, DC -- The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has named Carlos Ingram, former vice-president of business systems, Kaman Industrial Technologies Corp., as the 22nd recipient of its Warren Pike Award for lifetime...


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October 17, 2011
By MRO Magazine
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Industries

Washington, DC — The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has named Carlos Ingram, former vice-president of business systems, Kaman Industrial Technologies Corp., as the 22nd recipient of its Warren Pike Award for lifetime achievement in the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry.

Ingram received the award, named for PTDA’s co-founder and first president, at the association’s 51st Industry Summit in Washington, DC on Oct. 14, 2011. The award was established in 1984 to honour individuals who have demonstrated outstanding, continuous, long-term support of PTDA and the PT/MC industry.

Beginning as a member of the Business Information Systems Committee in 1991, Ingram has served on committees ranging from Marketing to Industry Relations. He joined the PTDA board in 1998 and served as president in 2003. He then continued to serve the association right up until his retirement in May 2011.

Kevin McCloskey, a colleague of Ingram’s at Kaman and a fellow past PTDA president, knows Ingram’s contributions well. “I can’t think of anybody who had more influence on the development and success of PTDA during his time of service,” said McCloskey. “This is absolutely well-deserved. When you think of awards like Warren Pike, Carlos is the calibre of individual who deserves this recognition.”

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McCloskey also heaped praise on Ingram for his forward-driving influence over the entire industry. In the 90s, Ingram was part of a core group of people who saw what was coming and made sure the association helped the industry take advantage of new systems for handling data and new processes. He was a champion for emerging technologies before that term was in vogue.

The entire association continues to benefit from his drive to understand how technology was going to change the business. One of his core contributions was the development of PPIF, which gave the entire power transmission/motion control market a framework for sharing price and product information. It’s said to be impossible to calculate how much time and money the PPIF has saved both distributors and manufacturers.

McCloskey wasn’t the only one singing Ingram’s praises. Barb Ross of Drives LLC served as chair of the Manufacturer Council when Ingram was president in 2003 and spoke of Ingram’s involvement with PTDA “I have been fortunate to work with Carlos over the years. He is a true professional who understands the industry and is a true partner,” said Ross. “He is a man of integrity and is respected in the industry. While Carlos was president, the industry was going through some tough times. Carlos was an inspiration — he was always smiling and charging forward with a positive attitude.”

Founded in 1960, the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) is a US-based trade association that represents 188 power transmission/motion control distribution firms. PTDA members also include 187 manufacturers that supply the PT/MC industry.

For more information, visit www.ptda.org.