Appliance Industry Executives Honored by AHAM

WASHINGTON, DC — The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers has named seven appliance industry executives as recipients of the association’s “2020 Home Appliance Industry Achievement Awards.”

The annual awards, presented during the association’s recent Special Membership Meeting, are aimed at honoring exceptional contributions to the nation’s home appliance industry, according to the Washington, DC-based AHAM, the trade association representing manufacturers of major, portable and floor care home appliances, as well as suppliers to the industry.

Dick Topping, senior consultant, P.E., Sub-Zero Group, Inc., received AHAM’s “Home Appliance Industry Achievement Award,” which recognizes exceptional service by AHAM members and is the premier achievement bestowed by AHAM upon a member. Topping has long been a significant contributor to AHAM, serving on numerous committees. He is widely respected for his technical and strategic leadership on federal energy standards, and as a role model for volunteer leaders, AHAM said.

Andy Chinmulgund, founder and CEO of Bruviti, Inc., received AHAM’s “Gordon Stauffer Liston Durden Distinguished Service Award,” which recognizes significant contributions, by virtue of longevity and quality of service, to AHAM and the home appliance industry.

In addition, five AHAM members received AHAM’s “Emerging Leader Award,” which recognizes volunteer contributions and service. The 2020 winners were John Schlafer, senior counsel, GE Appliances a Haier Company; Michael McGonagle, product safety and reliability leader-cooking products, GE Appliances; Adam Pope, director of test engineering, iRobot; Sean Southard, senior manager of regulatory affairs, Whirlpool Corp., and Jason Schmidt, director of regulatory affairs, Whirlpool Corp.



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