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Warren Pike Award

The PTDA Warren Pike Award recognizes lifetime achievement in the power transmission/motion control industry. Named for PTDA’s first president and co-founder, the award honors individuals who have demonstrated outstanding, continuous, long-term support of the Association and the industry. The award was established in 1984 and is only presented when an individual’s achievements merit this prestigious recognition.

Keith Nowak Named the 26th Warren Pike Award Recipient

Keith Nowak with Ann ArnottKeith Nowak, president, MPT Drives, Inc. was named the 26th recipient of the Warren Pike Award during the PTDA Annual Business Meeting on October 21, 2016.

Nowak has been an active and committed PTDA and PTDA Foundation volunteer for over 15 years, currently serving as a Trustee for the PTDA Foundation. He was a member of the PTDA Board of Directors from 2007-2013, serving in officer positions including a term as president in 2010.

Warren Pike Award recipients are selected by the PTDA Board and are not informed of the honor in advance.

Nowak thanked his wife, Sharon, and his family who surprised him in San Diego by joining him on stage when his name was announced. He specifically mentioned his father who encouraged Nowak to get involved in PTDA. “He told me you get out of it what you put into it, so I jumped in whole hog. I’ve been attending PTDA meetings since 1998 and haven’t missed one since,” said Nowak. In referencing his continued commitment to building awareness of careers in industrial distribution, Nowak noted, “Just because this industry is ‘industrial’ doesn’t mean you’re going to get dirty. I think it’s crucial we try to get more people involved.”

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Previous Warren Pike Award Recipients  
Year Recipient
2015 John Masek
2014 Kevin McCloskey
2012 Barbara J. Ross
2011 Carlos O. Ingram
2010 W. Penny Omnès
2009 Alan Haveson
2008 Douglas Savage
2007 James T. Moore II
2006 Roger A. Pennycook
2005 Girard G. “Jerry” Etheridge, Jr.
2004 Bob Callahan
2003 David J. Witwer          
2001 Ralph Rivera
1999 James A. Minton
1998 Gene Addington
1997 Robert M. Oberholzer
1996 Gary Dulmes
1995 Gary C. Martin
1994 George E. Flolo
1993 Byron E. Griffin
1991 E.C. (Chuck) Roamer
1990 Paul Fuller
1988 Irving Patron
1987 James A. Creech (posthumously)
1984 Warren Pike