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IIBEC Chapter News – February 2021

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February 18, 2021
Did you catch this month’s edition of the IIBEC Chapter Spotlight?  This spotlight will showcase one chapter a month, covering education, social activities, and more!

IIBEC Chicago Area Chapter Awards Outstanding Volunteers

By IIBEC Chicago Area Chapter Director Patrick Giblin

The IIBEC Chicago Area Chapter Awards Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of several awards for their contributions during the 2020 calendar year.

Past Presidents Award

IIBEC Chicago Area Chapter Immediate Past President Patrick Reicher

The Past Presidents Award was presented to Patrick Reicher, Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc., in recognition of his leadership and professionalism to the board and chapter.  Reicher helped navigate the chapter through a trying year, while also continuing to promote the chapter’s educational offerings and philanthropic efforts.  Despite the trials of the previous year, the IIBEC Chicago Area Chapter was able to make donations to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and to the RCI-IIBEC Foundation, with proceeds benefiting the Convention/Student Participation Fund.


Exhibitor of the Year Award

SJ Mallein & Associates

SJ Mallein & Associates were awarded the Exhibitor of the Year, in recognition and appreciation of their continued support and active involvement as an exhibitor/sponsor for IIBEC Chicago Area Chapter events throughout the year.   Not only did SJ Mallein & Associates exhibit at the 2020 IIBEC Chicago Area Chapter Annual Meeting & Program in January, but they also co-sponsored the June, July, September, and October webinars.  Their support helped make it possible for the chapter to provide virtual programming when meeting in-person was not possible.


Presenter of the Year Award

Shaun Katz of Detec Systems, LLC

Shaun Katz of Detec Systems, LLC was honored as the Presenter of the Year for his presentation “Electronic Leak Detection Testing, Standards, Science, and Practical Applications” during the 2020 IIBEC Chicago Area Chapter Webinar Series.  Katz’s goal for his presentation was simply to provide the attendees with a basic understanding of electronic leak detection.  He did so by explaining the differences between the four electronic testing methods, by identifying potential Division 7 design and construction failures, and by explaining the capabilities and limitations of ELD as outlined by ASTM Standards.  His presentation was well attended and received positive reviews from the participants.

The chapter would like to congratulate this year’s recipients and thanks them for their contributions to the IIBEC Chicago Area Chapter!

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