The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) has honored Ron Yarnell, PPG OEM sales manager, with its esteemed Associate Member of the Year award. The award was presented to Yarnell by Patrick Jennissen, NATM president, and Pam O’Toole Trusdale, NATM former executive director, at the organization’s 30th annual convention and trade show held Feb. 21–23 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The award is given to an individual from an associate member company who has made outstanding contributions to the NATM.

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(Left to right)Patrick Jennissen, NATM President; Ron Yarnell, PPG OEM sales manager,
Pam O'Toole Tursdale, NATM former executive director

“Ron’s passion for our mission and his commitment to our growth and success are evident in his years of dedication to and involvement with the NATM,” said Jennissen. “Ron has been instrumental in guiding the organization: He has served on numerous committees, he’s at all our conventions, he has spread awareness and recruited new members at trade shows, and he’s on his third term as a board member. Ron’s unwavering support, industry knowledge and thoughtful approach to the issues facing NATM have been an important piece of our success. I believe that because of Ron’s contributions to the NATM, the NATM is a better organization.”

Yarnell began his career with PPG in 1984. In 1999, PPG became a NATM member, and the following year Yarnell attended his first NATM convention. Since then, he has been a significant presence at the conventions and other key organization events. In 2010, he founded the NATM Green Award reflecting his strong position on environmental accountability. That same year he was elected to his first term on the NATM board of directors. He has also been the associate representative on the Executive Committee and the Nominations, Membership, and Convention Committees, serving as chairman of the latter. He has also influenced the many educational programs the NATM offers.

“It was an honor to be selected for this year’s award,” said Yarnell. “This award is for all the associates who have supported me with their votes. Their votes allowed me to be elected to the board of directors of NATM and to be their voice. Working together, we have made great strides in identifying and promoting the programs that are most important to our stakeholders and then raising the quality of those programs.”

The NATM was established to help improve trailer safety and performance and to serve as the representative for trailer manufacturers and their suppliers when issues of trailer safety and pertinent regulations arise. PPG has worked diligently with the organization and its members to address the continuously evolving manufacturing environment with a variety of coating products that provide superior durability, efficiency and versatility. PPG began its convention sponsorship in 2003. PPG and NATM also sponsor the annual Green Manufacturing Award honoring the NATM member that has developed the best ecologically sensitive manufacturing innovation or solution.

PPG offers a full range of coating technologies for the commercial transportation and light industrial markets including polyurethanes, alkyds, epoxies, polyurea, waterborne, pretreatment chemicals and powder coatings. PPG commercial coatings products are marketed under several brand names including Dellfeet® Evolution, Delfleet Essential®, Commercial Performance Coatings and Amercoat®.

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