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TAPPI Awards Highest Honors

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Each year, TAPPI recognizes scientific achievement, outstanding leadership, professional excellence, and service to our industry and communities. These awards do more than honor the achievements of those receiving them—they remind us of the qualities shared by TAPPI members.

The awards were scheduled to be presented during PaperCon 2020, which was rescheduled to April 25 – 28, 2021 in Atlanta, Ga., in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Being #Stronger Together, we take this opportunity to virtually recognize and celebrate these achievements.  Meet the winners of TAPPI’s 2020 Board level awards—the association’s highest honors.

Meet the winners of TAPPI’s 2020 Board level awards—the association’s highest honors.

Mark Lewis  

Mark Lewis, CEO of Sustainable Fiber Technologies (SFT) and Phoenix Pulp and Polymer, has been named winner of the prestigious Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award.

Lewis founded SFT, based in Renton, Wash., in 2015. Under his guidance, the company developed the Phoenix Process™, an environmentally friendly method for pulping nonwood biomass materials. The Phoenix Process has been licensed by a number of facilities, including Fortune 100 companies, and is used in the production of sustainable packaging, molded products, tissue and toweling, printing and writing paper.

Since the beginning of his career, Lewis has been an active member in TAPPI including serving as the TAPPI Student Chapter Faculty Advisor at the University of Washington from 1999-2014. He served as an officer with TAPPI’s Pacific Local Section and performed as emcee at the Section’s 75th Anniversary event.  Currently he is Chairman of the TAPPI Nonwood Fiber Committee.

Gordon Bugg  

Gordon Bugg, TAPPI Fellow, has been named winner of the acclaimed Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Bugg works for Kemira Oyj as a Senior Engineer specializing in paper and paperboard coatings.

A TAPPI member since 1981, Bugg is very active with the Gulf Coast Local Section and received the TAPPI Paul Magnabosco Outstanding Local Section Member Award in 1997 for his service.

 He began his involvement with the TAPPI Coating and Graphic Arts Division in 1988 and currently is active on the Division’s Coating Operations Committee. While serving on those Committees, he acted as Chair multiple times and played an active role in the activities and projects of the Division, including serving as Chairman for PaperCon 2020, and then agreeing to reprise his Chairman role when PaperCon was rescheduled. Bugg also served on the TAPPI Board of Directors from 1999-2002.

Andrew Chorney  

Andrew N. Chorney Sr. has been named winner of the distinguished Paul W. Magnabosco Outstanding Local Section Award. He is Technical Services Manager for Essity Professional Hygiene North America, LLC in Cherokee, Ala.

Chorney joined TAPPI in 1991. He is an active participant in the Gulf Coast TAPPI Local Section, sitting on its executive committee and serving in various officer positions. He has also been a participating member on the TAPPI Yankee Dryer Safety Committee.

For many TAPPI Awards, nominations are open until August 1. Several national-level awards include generous honorariums funded by private donation. Learn more about the awards and nomination process.

TAPPI Journal Names Best Paper

Each year, the TAPPI Journal (TJ) Editorial Board honors the best of TJ content by nominating and voting for the Best Research Paper, which is ultimately selected based on the scientific merit, innovation, creativity, and clarity of the nominated papers.

This year’s topic is related to the recovery cycle, and the paper title and authors, all from the University of Toronto, are: “The Solubility of Calcium Carbonate in Green Liquor Handling Systems,”— Alisha Giglio, Vladimiros G. Papangelakis, and Honghi Tran.

Prospective authors from academic and research institutions, as well as speakers who present scientific papers at TAPPI conferences, are encouraged to submit their research for peer review and consideration for publication in TJ. All published papers for the year are considered for the Best Research Paper honor.


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