Donn Harter Receives NGA Lifetime Achievement Award

The crowd at the GEF gives a standing ovation to Donn Harter, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NGA.

The crowd at the GEF gives a standing ovation to Donn Harter, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NGA.

Donn Harter, a longtime glass industry leader and former president and technical director of the California Glass Association/Americas Glass Association and of the National Glass Association, received a Lifetime Achievement Award yesterday from the NGA during the GlassBuild America trade show in Las Vegas. Harter was a dynamic figure in the glass industry during his long tenure, sources say, and worked tenaciously in the development of numerous safety glazing codes.

“More than anyone in the glass industry, he relentlessly championed workplace and consumer safety,” according to Phil James, president and CEO emeritus of the NGA.

“Donn was the key figure in making sense of the glass and glazing codes that we all deal with. He touched every one of you in some way or another,” said former NGA Chairman Jim Ponder, who presented the award. “He has given of himself, to this industry, his whole life.”

Roy Van Buskirk, former owner of Bacon & Van Buskirk, recalled in an email, “during my active time in the Industry, I was so lucky to have attended many meetings where Donn favored us with his accurate, but entertaining views on products and services, which were then currently under consideration.”

Harter was presented the award in a surprise ceremony during the Glazing Executives Forum, held at GlassBuild America. His two daughters and his son were present at the event.

“We experienced challenges and battles, but I think we are all better off for doing what we know is best,” Harter said when accepting the award. “I really appreciate this.”

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