2022 marks the 40th Anniversary of the IFE Fastener Hall of Fame which recognizes professionals who have made significant and enduring contributions to the industrial fastener industry on a national or global scale. Individuals selected for induction will join other honored fastener industry members. 

Each year, thousands of attendees from 30+ countries travel to North America’s #1 trade show city, Las Vegas, Nevada to network and do businesses with hundreds of suppliers, showcasing every type of fasteners including electronic fasteners, specialty tooling products, special application fasteners, tooling and machinery, hand tools, power tools, service solutions, and much more. From industrial to construction, electronic to automotive and aerospace, this is the trade show where all types of manufacturers and distributors come to network and see customers, build new relationships, and find new products. The expo is owned and operated by EmeraldX.com 

Since acquiring the International Fastener Expo (formerly the National Industrial Fastener and Mill Supply Expo NIFMSE) Emerald Expositions has continued the tradition of the Fastener Hall of Fame. In 2016 they added the ‘Young Fastener Professional Award’ which recognizes and honors a young professional who has made significant contributions to the fastener industry. Emerald has continued the Fastener Hall of Fame tradition with the assistance of the Fastener Industry Coalition to help manage the selection process for inductees. Members of the Fastener Industry Coalition include the Fastener Training Institute, Industrial Fasteners Institute, Metropolitan Fastener Distributors Association, Mid-Atlantic Fastener Distributors Association, Mid-West Fastener Association, National Fastener Distributors Association, New England Fastener Distributors Association, North Coast Fastener Association, Pacific-West Fastener Association, Southeast Fastener Association, Southwest Fastener Distributors Association, Women in the Fastener Industry, and Young Fastener Professionals.

Inductees are commemorated during an annual awards ceremony that takes place at the International Fastener Expo (IFE), happening October 17-19, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The award ceremony is always the most well attended session on the expo floor. Hundreds of fastener industry professionals gather to celebrate the accomplishments of their colleagues. The IFE even had the original Fastener Hall of Fame bricks replicated on a display wall that is used annually at the awards ceremony. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to get your picture taken at the Fastener Hall of Fame Wall at the International Fastener Expo this October!

“IFE is honored to once again, conduct the prestigious Hall of Fame and Young Fastener Professional awards at our 41st edition this October 17th, 2022. We’re thrilled to have this once-a-year opportunity, to recognize and celebrate individuals who have made a lasting impact on the industry, served the community, and have demonstrated true leadership”.– Morgan Wilson, Group Show Director

The History of the Fastener Hall of Fame dates back to 1981.

Mike McGuire and Jim Bannister, co-founders and co-producers of the National Industrial Fastener Show, started the Fastener Hall of Fame in 1982. Mike and Jim consulted with industry associates to select the inductees each year. When the NIFMSE was sold to Emerald Expositions in 2017 FND spoke with Mike McGuire to find out how the Fastener Hall of Fame got started. He explained that “1982 we had our first Hall of Fame induction ceremony with seven honorees which is still the largest class.  If you go to the fastener show website and review the Hall of Fame classes I believe you will agree this first class was like the 1992 American “Dream Team” in basketball at the Barcelona Olympic Games.  This class really helped to set the tone of the Fastener Hall of Fame and the second, the third, the fourth class and beyond were all outstanding groups of fastener leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs”, and looking forward he said “I strongly believe all the Fastener Hall of Fame members and future honorees will “Pay It Forward” in the fastener industry. 

In 2016 Marty Nolan, RL English AKA ‘Traveling Salesman’ contacted the Columbus Convention Center in Ohio the home of the original show, and discovered that the Fastener Hall of Fame walkway had been removed and they had no idea what to do with the bricks. He was told that the bricks had been removed and were sitting in a wooden box on a pallet. He told the convention center that if they did not have anyone to claim them that he would welcome the opportunity to retrieve them. In mid-January 2016, Marty received an an email saying if he wanted to pick them up he could take possession of the bricks. With the help of a few industry friends, he did just that.

See all of the past Fastener Hall of Fame Winners here.


Keeping up the industry’s rich heritage now is the time for you to nominate someone you think has made a difference to the industry, through leadership, innovation, and education. The process is simple: visit FastenerShows.com to submit your nomination online. The deadline this year to submit nominations is July 30th. 


AWARD information:

Fastener Hall of Fame

The Fastener Hall of Fame recognizes professionals who have made significant and enduring contributions to the industrial fastener industry on a national or global scale. Individuals selected for induction will join other honored industry members, including but not limited to inventors, business leaders, and educators. See past Hall of Fame Winners hereThe deadline to nominate is July 30, 2022.

The recipient(s) will be recognized at a special event during the International Fastener Expo and receive a commemorative plaque.

Questions?
Direct any questions to the International Fastener Expo at info@fastenershows.com

Nomination Criteria

  • Has a long history in the industry.
  • Is a promoter of the industry to the business community.
  • Is a visionary who identifies and expresses opportunity.
  • Is a contributor to change via leadership.
  • Plays a key role in industry relations by bringing people together.
  • Has an unimpeachable record of integrity and respect in the industry.
  • Has changed the industry by developing an innovative product or manufacturing process which significantly improves a process.
  • Makes important contributions by serving in leadership positions of city, state, national and/or international associations or other industry‐related groups.
  • Demonstrates support of worthy causes that help advance the industry.
  • Contributes to the education or professional development of the industry.
  • Demonstrates leadership skills in administrative and policy areas that help advance the industry’s objectives.
  • Provides significant support for industry initiatives and programs.
  • Promotes awareness of the industry’s many positive contributions to the nation’s economy and quality of life.
  • Provides leadership in corporate responsibility and has been recognized for leading by example.
  • Educates industry professionals in sound corporate citizenship as part of his/her overall responsibility to the community.

Evaluation Guidelines
Nominations will be resubmitted to the selection committee automatically for four years.
Selection is based on the merit of the nominee, not by the number of nominations.

Selection Process
Nominations received by the deadline will be evaluated by the selection committee.
Decisions will be based on the content provided on the nomination form and any supplemental material submitted. Letters of congratulation will be emailed to the inductee as well as notification via telephone. An acknowledgment notice will be sent to those who submit nomination forms.

Young Fastener Professional of the Year

The Young Fastener Professional of the Year award recognizes and honors a young professional who has made significant contributions to fastener industry.

The recipient will be recognized at a special event during the International Fastener Expo and receive a commemorative plaque. See past Young Fastener Professional Winners hereThe deadline to nominate is July 30, 2022.

Questions?
Direct any questions to the International Fastener Expo at info@fastenershows.com

Nomination Criteria

  • 40 years old or younger.
  • Recognized as a future leader in the fastener industry.
  • Promotes the industry to the business community.
  • Plays a key role in industry relations by bringing people together.
  • Has an unimpeachable record of integrity and respect in the industry.
  • Is a visionary who identifies and expresses opportunity.
  • Provides significant support for industry initiatives and programs.

Evaluation Guidelines
Nominations will be resubmitted to the selection committee automatically for four years.
Selection is based on the merit of the nominee, not by the number of nominations.

Selection Process
Nominations received by the deadline will be evaluated by the selection committee.
Decisions will be based on the content provided on the nomination form and any supplemental material submitted. Letters of congratulations will be emailed to the inductee as well as notification via telephone. An acknowledgment notice will be sent to those who submit nomination forms.


QUESTIONS: Direct any questions to the International Fastener Expo at info@fastenershows.com


About International Fastener Expo
The International Fastener Expo (IFE) is the largest and most diverse gathering of fastener and industrial professionals in North America. Founded in 1981 it serves all reaches of the supply chain, from manufacturer to distributor to OEMs, and features nearly 70 product categories. With over 650 vendors and more than 5,000 attendees from 30+ nations, the International Fastener Expo delivers industry‐leading content and facilitates vital industry connections at their annual three‐day show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the entertainment and trade show capital of North America. For more information on IFE, visit www.fastenershows.com.

 

About Emerald Expositions
International Fastener Expo is owned and operated by Emerald, a leader in building dynamic, market-driven business-to-business platforms that integrate live events with a broad array of industry insights, digital tools, and data-focused solutions to create uniquely rich experiences. As true partners, we at Emerald strive to build our customers’ businesses by creating opportunities that inspire, amaze, and deliver breakthrough results. With over 140 events each year, our teams are creators and connectors who are thoroughly immersed in the industries we serve and are committed to supporting the communities in which we operate. For more information, please visit http://www.emeraldx.com


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