The Vinyl Institute has presented its Partner of Year award to Richard Church, executive director of the Plastic Pipe & Fittings Association. The award recognizes an ally who has made unique contributions to VI’s outreach and education program.
“Dick has been a vigorous advocate for the vinyl industry,” said Ned Monroe, president and CEO of the Vinyl Institute. “He has tirelessly worked to ensure open markets for PVC pipes and is a constant contributor to the VI and Vinyl Sustainability councils. Dick is a reliable and outspoken supporter of our members, staff and initiatives to promote pipe-related issues. We are proud to celebrate and recognize his amazing partnership.”
Church has 47 years of experience in the codes and standards realm and has been a partner of the VI and vinyl industry as a whole for nearly 35 years. He has spent much of his career removing artificial roadblocks in construction codes and regulations for PPFA members and is active in the development of new codes. He serves as a member of the International Code Council’s Industry Advisory Committee and is an active participant in ASTM’s E60 Committee on Sustainability. In addition, he has recently served as chair of the American National Standards Institute Conformity Assessment Policy Committee and a member of ANSI board of directors and executive committee. Finally, he has been instrumental in achieving major revisions to the LEED development process.