New inductee to The Fastener Show ‘Fastener Hall of Fame’ 04 October 2017

The Fastener Show (previously National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo) has partnered with The Fastener Industry Coalition to choose Bill Derry, chairman and CEO of Field Fastener Supply Co, to be honoured as the newest inductee into the ‘Fastener Hall of Fame’ at the annual event in Las Vegas. 

Held from 17th October – 19th October, The Fastener Show is the largest fastener expo in North America. Since 1981, the event continues to bring together all participants in the fastener supply and distribution chain. The event consists of a multiple day conference programme; a show floor with more than 600 exhibiting companies from around the world; and an education programme focused on current industry challenges.

About the award

Bill Derry will join The Fastener Show’s 35 previous inductees at a ceremony that has been one of the unique hallmarks of The Fastener Show’s long history. The special recognition award ceremony will take place on the show floor in the Sessions Area on Wednesday 18th October at 15:30.

Each year, The Fastener Show has recognised and honoured inventors, business leaders, and educators, who have made significant contributions to the fastener industry. It is a prestigious award within the industry that has been around for 31 years. Nominees are reviewed by the Fastener Industry Coalition, members of thirteen North American regional and national fastener associations concerned with the distribution, manufacture and importation of fasteners, as well as services to the fastener industry. In addition to identifying opportunities, contributing to change leadership, and being visionaries with unimpeachable integrity and respect in the industry, winners of this award have developed innovative models and made important educational and professional contributions that advance the fastener industry as a whole. Top industry challenges for 2017 include market consolidation with global expansion, supply chain shortage risks, and solutions for new market adaptation strategies. This year’s winner has a global mind set with a focus on educating the next generation to adopt and integrate change.

Karalynn Sprouse of Emerald Expositions, organisers of The Fastener Show, commented: “What the Fastener Coalition seeks to recognise in the ‘Fastener Hall of Fame’ are leaders who can translate personal success into industry success. It takes a special kind of leader to contribute to the success of potential competitors for the enhancement of the industry as a whole, but to do so consistently over decades is even more rare. That’s why recognition of these professionals is such a worthy effort. We couldn’t be more pleased with Bill Derry’s induction into this prestigious group of scholars, innovators, leaders, and philanthropists in the fastener industry.” 


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