NADCA 2011 Awards Gala Dinner Event

The Annual NADCA Awards Dinner was held in Columbus, Ohio on 9-20-11.

The Gala was held in conjunction with the Die Casting Congress and Tabletop exhibit.  For the first time in six years this event was held as a die casting only event and serves as a solid platform for the community to come together with industry colleagues.

At the dinner NADCA honored individuals who made tremendous contributions of time and expertise in the advancement of the die casting industry and the North American Die Casting Association.

As Chairman of the Board of NADCA, I offer the recipients of these awards my warmest congratulations.  I not only commend your commitment to our industry but also to the fact that you inspire and mentor the next generation of leaders within the die casting community.

In addition to the Awards ceremony, there was surprise entertainment before the dinner for the first time in NADCA history.  The “NADCA Quartet” performed five jazz standards that included “Freddy the Freeloader”, “Take the A Train”, “Blue Monk”, “Misty”, and “Don’t Get around Much Anymore”.

The NADCA Quartet consisted of me (NADCA Chairman, Leonard Cordaro), NADCA Engineer, Alex Monroe, NADCA Technical Director, Steve Uvardy, and Piano Man, Robert Monroe.  The Quartet was conceived a few weeks prior to the Gala Dinner and assembled a few hours before dinner for a quick practice before going live that night.

The idea of members of the die casting industry performing before the leaders and peers of the industry was unique and well received by the audience that night.  It goes to show that engineers and technical people can have an artistic side to them.

Please enjoy this short video clip of Miles Davis’ well know standard, “Freddy the Freeloader.”  In the coming weeks, we’ll feature the rest of the video clips from the four songs performed, one per week.

If you are involved in the die casting industry and would like to know more about getting involved with NADCA, contact me at lc@diecasting.com.

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