CCAI presented Phil Ruggerio, retired and current chapter coordinator for the Twin Cities chapter, with its highest honor, The James F. Wright Lifetime Achievement award. Ruggerio was recognized for his service to both his CCAI chapter and the national board. He has served in many roles within his chapter and currently coordinates the chapters database and promotion efforts. Over the years, Ruggerio has served the national board in all officer roles, including two terms as president.

Chapter User and Supplier of the Year members were also honored for their year-long service and dedication. The 2008–2009 Chapter Award winners are as follows: Nathan Finney, IHD Powder Coating Services, and Ron Cudzilo, George Koch Sons, (Central States Chapter); Greg Kraner, HUFFY Corporation, and J.B.Graves, Wagner Industrial Solutions, (Greater Cincinnati Chapter); Bernie Downey, BL Downey, and John Sudges, Midwest Finishing, (Northern Illinois Chapter); Mark Walsworth, Donaldson Corp., and Pat Cullen, Cullen Equipment, (Twin Cities Chapter); Kevin Riesberg, Knoll, Inc., and Scott Bultman, Business Coach 4 Profit (West Michigan Chapter); and Pat Patton, Ariens Company, and Dave Chalk, Galaxy Associates, Inc. (Wisconsin Chapter).

All A-‘Board’

During the annual meeting, CCAI also installed the following individuals to serve on the national board of directors for the 2009–2010 term:

President: Bruce Bryan, Wagner Systems (Northern Illinois Chapter)
Vice President: Sherrill Stoenner, Pneu-Mech Systems Mfg. (Central States Chapter)
Secretary/Treasurer: Sam Woehler, George Koch Sons LLC, (Unaffiliated)
Recent Past President: John Sudges, Midwest Finishing Technologies (Northern Illinois Chapter)

In addition to the officers, the following individuals will serve on the national board of directors for the 2009–2010 term: Trena Benson, DuPont Coating Solutions (Texas Chapter); Kevin Coursin, KMI Systems (Northern Illinois Chapter); Duane Fudge, Chemetall (Mid-Atlantic Chapter); John Gallagher, General Fabrications Corp. (Northern Ohio Chapter); Loren Keene, Wagner Systems, Inc. (Central States Chapter); Todd Luciano, Products Finishing (Greater Cincinnati Chapter); Jim Malloy, Kolene Corp. (Unaffliated); Tim Milner, J.I.T. Powder Coating (Twin Cities Chapter); Mike Nugent, Powder Technologies, Inc. (Twin Cities Chapter); Ken Pelak, Broadmoor Products (West Michigan Chapter); Rodger Talbert, R. Talbert Consulting (West Michigan Chapter); Jeff Watson, Waste Tech div. Kuesters Zima Corp. (Texas Chapter); Dave Wright, Galaxy Associates (Wisconsin Chapter). Serving as an Ex-officio Board member is Larry Melgary, Northern Coatings & Chemicals (Wisconsin Chapter).