The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) has presented the 2017 John D. Keane Award of Merit to Bob Murphy, Project Development Manager for Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings.

Named after the society’s former Executive Director, the award honors outstanding leadership and significant contributions to the development of the coatings industry. It was presented to Bob by SSPC’s Executive Director, Bill Worms, at the society’s Awards Luncheon Programme at its annual conference in Tampa, Florida.

Bill said at the luncheon: “Bob has been an active member in SSPC technical committees and has been a subject matter expert in the development of several SSPC courses. I can think of very few other members who have contributed so much time and dedication to SSPC. Bob has also chaired SSPC’s Education Advisory Committee, authored papers for the conference technical program and is an instructor for several SSPC courses. He has also helped SSPC develop a good working relationship with other organizations such as AWWA and ICRI.”

Reacting to the honor, Bob described the occasion as a humbling event. “There are a great many individuals who also deserved this award, so I feel truly honored to be named the 2017 recipient. It is a real privilege to be recognized by your peers. I am humbled by the recognition.”