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PTDA Foundation | Robert K. Callahan Future Leaders Award

Robert K. Callahan Future Leaders Award

Hafeez Hameer, Garlock Sealing Technologies, to Receive the 2022 Robert K. Callahan Future Leader Award

The PTDA Foundation created the Robert K. Callahan Future Leaders Award to recognize a young leader who exhibits a true passion for the industry and desire to grow within the industry. The 2022 award recipient, Hafeez Hameer, Garlock Sealing Technologies, will be honored during the PTDA Industry Summit, October 27-29 in Nashville, Tenn.

Growing up with a father, and later a brother, who worked in the PT/MC industry, Hafeez had an early introduction to the vast world of industrial manufacturing and distribution. Although he admits it took some time to warm to the idea of a career in the same field, Hafeez’s foray into the PT/MC arena brought with it tremendous opportunity for personal and professional growth, and time with an incredible mentor: his father. In the final years before his father’s retirement, together they enjoyed knowledge building and networking at PTDA Industry Summits, Leadership Conferences and other events. Each opportunity was an important milestone in Hafeez’s climb toward career success.

Joining now Freudenberg-NOK in 2014 as national account manager for North America, Hafeez’s strong business ethics, hard work and relationship-building resulted in double-digit sales growth for the company over several years.  He was instrumental in implementing data cleansing/analytics market analysis and new products initiatives with one of the largest distributors, also resulting in increased sales.
In early 2022, Hafeez joined Garlock Sealing Technologies as the business development manager for its KLOZURE® division. His industry peers describe him as someone who “leads with integrity, excitement and sincerity at Garlock Seal and PTDA.” He is not afraid to try new and innovative ideas and presents his well-thought-out ideas with enthusiasm and logic. Hafeez’s self-proclaimed fulfillment lies in building connections with people, opportunities, products—earmarks of a true leader.
Like this award’s namesake, Hafeez demonstrates a dedication and desire to better the PT/MC industry. He speaks with passion about making the industry more accessible to those who may not know about it and improving it for those who currently work in it. His enthusiasm for the growth and advancement of the PT/MC industry is best reflected in his work with the PTDA Foundation, where he serves on the Board of Trustees and as the Funding Committee Chair for 2022.  

Watch Hafeez's acceptance speech: 


About the Award

The power transmission/motion control industry lost a true champion when Bob Callahan passed away in January 2021. A past president and 25+ year PTDA Foundation Trustee, Bob was passionate about the mission of the PTDA Foundation. When asked in a volunteer profile why he volunteers with the PTDA Foundation, Bob's response was "I strongly believe one must leave our industry better than we found it. The PTDA Foundation allows this to happen for me."

In recognition of Bob's commitment to and passion for the advancement of new talent within the industry, the PTDA Foundation created the Robert K. Callahan Future Leaders Award. 


To support this award, we invite you to make a contribution to the Robert K. Callahan Future Leaders Fund.