Organizers of UTECH North America 2018 recently announced an awards program to recognize star performers and trendsetters in the polyurethanes industry. Open to industry professionals based in North America, award winners will be selected by an independent panel and recognized at a special ceremony during UTECH North America, taking place September 11-13 in Charlotte, N.C.

The UTECH North America Awards Program consists of two award types. The Newsmaker of the Year Award will recognize one individual who has contributed significantly to the North American polyurethanes industry in 2017 or 2018. Contributions can consist of business enhancements, environmental or sustainability improvements, or philanthropic efforts within the industry or their local communities. Nominees must be executives based in North America who work in the polyurethanes industry.

The Rising Stars Awards will be presented to five emerging leaders who are making a difference in the industry. Nominees for the Rising Stars Awards must be ages 40 and younger as of December 31, 2018, based in North America and have worked in the polyurethanes industry for three years or more. 

Nominations must be received by July 15. 

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