Keith Gardner of Dalco Nonwovens LLC ended his term as chair of IFAI’s Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) executive council at a meeting of the council in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13, 2018. GMA 1st vice chair, Fred Chuck, of HUESKER Inc., took over as GMA executive council chair.
“Keith Gardner’s services to GMA will be missed,” said Jonathan Curry, managing director of GMA. “Under his leadership, member engagement increased; key infrastructure legislation in the areas of water, transit and aviation was passed including geosynthetics language; and GMA solidified its place as North America’s leading geosynthetics association.”
“I am proud of the accomplishments that we as the Geosynthetic Materials Association have achieved over the past 3 1/2 years,” Gardner added. “It is the increased involvement of our member companies that pushed the growth of our industry.”
Chuck is the vice president of business development at HUESKER Inc. and has 30 plus years of industry experience. Doug Brown, national accounts manager at Tensar International Corp., assumed the 1st vice chair position on the council, and Chuck will appoint an executive council member to fill the open 2nd vice chair position until the next council election.
“I am looking forward to working with our new chair, Fred Chuck, to build on the foundation Keith and other past chairs built,” said Curry. “GMA is an association where companies with like-minded goals come together to solve common problems and grow the industry together. Fred will do a great job carrying the torch for GMA.”
“I am honored, sad and excited,” Chuck said. “I’m honored at being the next to lead the Geosynthetics Materials Association; sad to see Keith Gardner step down from his chairmanship through three years of fantastic growth of the federal, state and local lobbying and promotion of the geosynthetics industry; and excited to see where our next few year’s efforts and cooperation can take the awareness of geosynthetics.”