The Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) honored long-time legal counsel William Ives with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the association's 2010 Annual Convention. Florida.
In making the presentation, Steve Durston, chairman of BSA’s Past Presidents Council, noted that “Bill has been a part of our industry since BSA was formed in 1966. He is the only legal counsel BSA has ever had.” Ives is a graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and earned his law degree at Harvard University. He served as a Field Office Commander with the U.S. Army Counter-Intelligence Corps in Germany. During more than three decades with Keck, Mahin and Cate, a national law firm with 350 lawyers and 10 offices, his leadership abilities were tapped repeatedly, including service as Chairman of the firm’s Management Committee.
In 2001 BSA awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award to Wendy McDonald of BC Bearing Engineers. In 2004 two additional Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to Jim Fitzpatrick, Sr. of Bearings Specialty Company and John Nations of Bearings & Drives. In 2006, a Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to James Martin III, who retired in late December 2005 as Director-Distribution, Marketing Services & Integration, The Timken Company. It marked the first time the award was presented to a manufacturer. In 2007, BSA honored Dennis B. Clark, who retired in 2003 as president of North American Industrial Distribution, SKF, and Richard Gipson, Gipson Bearing Co.