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NGA Presents Volunteer of the Year Award to Aaron Thompson of Viracon

Urmilla Sowell, Aaron Thompson and Nicole Harris at the Volunteer Celebration Dinner
Urmilla Sowell and Nicole Harris present Volunteer of the Year Award to Aaron Thompson

Volunteer Celebration Dinner During NGA Glass Conference Honors Volunteerism and Industry Commitment

Dedicated glass industry technical volunteers and leaders were recognized Feb. 7 during the Volunteer Celebration Dinner at the NGA Glass Conference: Isle of Palms | Charleston. 

Aaron Thompson, Principal Research Engineer, Viracon, received the NGA's 2024 Volunteer of the Year Award. Thompson serves as chair of the NGA Fabricating Committee and has been involved in NGA activities for more than 15 years. 

In his acceptance of the Volunteer of the Year Award, Thompson turned back to the crowd to thank all attendees for their participation and work. “This organization wouldn’t be what it is without all of your help. … You are what makes the industry great. Please keep coming. Please keep volunteering and doing your best work here. Being passionate.”

Three members, who have recently announced plans for their upcoming retirements, were also recognized for their longtime participation and volunteerism: David Evans, quality manager, Guardian Glass; Tim McGee, sales manager, Glass Coatings and Concepts LLC; and Bill Sullivan, president/CEO, Brin Glass. 

Hear from Dave, Tim and Bill

“For the newcomers, get involved. Find something that fits your personality, your level of participation, and help make this industry continue to grow.” - Bill Sullivan

“Anything you want to support this industry you can do. What you put into it is what you get out of it.” - Dave Evans

“I have really enjoyed my time here. And I will tell everyone that this organization, for myself and for our company, has made our company stronger and brought us so many benefits.” - Tim McGee