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Howard Skolnik: Hershson Award Recipient

October 28th, 2013 by Lisa Stojanovich

Filed under: Associations, Cool Stuff, Industry News


This past week, at the annual Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA) conference, our own CEO, Howard Skolnik, was the 22nd recipient of the Morris Hershson Award of Merit.  This award is given out each year to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the industrial packaging industry.  It is a great honor and Skolnik said he felt “overwhelmed with the emotional aspect of receiving such an esteemed award”


Peter Mackay, Publisher of Hazardous Cargo Bulletin, Dean Ricker, VP of Sales of Skolnik Industries, and Rick Rubin, President of of Maxi Container, all gave touching and insightful presentations on behalf of Howard at the Hershson Ceremony on Thursday October 17.  Many conference attendees were present at the Hershson Event.  “It was humbling to be surrounded by my peer professionals and being thanked for the work I have done to improve the image of RIPA and the steel drum community,” Skolnik said of the ceremony.


Howard has been President and CEO of Skolnik Industries for 28 years and served as a member of the Associations Board of Directors for nearly 30 years. He was elected Chairman of the Steel Drum Product Group for 6 terms and currently serves as Chairman of the Public Relations Committee. Howard has been a presenter at numerous RIPA domestic and international events and works tirelessly behind the scenes to promote the image and environmental benefits of the reusable steel drum.


The Morris Hershson Award of Merit commemorates Morris Hershson for his 35 years as president of RIPA (previously called the National Barrel and Drum Association), and for being an integral part in developing the association into a leading advocate for the industry.

Skolnik Industries would like to give a special thanks to Paul Rankin of RIPA for organizing an amazing and successful Hershson Event.

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6 Responses

  1. Eric Storey says:

    Congratulations Howard, it is very well deserved. You are a wonderful example of a model business owner. You have generously shared your knowledge, worked for the advancement of the industry, and throughout have maintained the highest ethical standards.

  2. Eric,
    Thank you for the congratulations and kind words. We did a lot of work together on industry issues…we were a good team!
    Many thanks, Howard

  3. Melony Walker says:

    Congratulations Howard this award is well deserved!

  4. Thank you Melanie, very glad that you and Spencer were a part of the event. Also, glad you were able to meet all my children!

  5. Claudia Clark says:

    Congratulations Howard! You care about the earth and your fellow man and it shows in your everyday life choices. Way to go friend!

  6. Claudia, Thank you for the inspiring comment! Greatly appreciated! Howard

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