Milliken Honors 2020 Champions of Company ValuesJan 14, 2021 04:11PM ● By David Dykes
Diversified global manufacturer Milliken & Company recognized more than 150 associates in its Milliken Honors awards celebration Jan. 12, held virtually this year to accommodate Covid-19 precautions.
Across 18 categories, re-aligned to coordinate with the company’s values, the annual Milliken Honors program highlights the very best of Milliken, according to company officials.
From performance-based to soft-skills and leadership categories, the awards distinguish associates from across the globe who are the everyday heroes championing Milliken’s purpose, values and vision, the officials said.
“This year’s winners are a unique group of leaders whose efforts took place during a tumultuous year—against a backdrop of economic and social challenges brought on by a global pandemic,” said Halsey Cook, president and CEO for Milliken & Company. “While Milliken Honors always draws the best and brightest from across our company, our 2020 class is exemplary for their poise under pressure, their commitment to our values, and their fortitude in pursuit of our vision.”
The 2020 Milliken Honors associate and team winners:
MTZ Plant team: Elain Chen, Chu Ge, Jiandong Gu, Pamela Huang, Tom Li, Peter Qiu, Alan Xie, Eric Zhao
Dewey Plant team: Matt Flood, Mike Greer, Blake Herring, Keith Hill, Melania Hughey, Kairas Parvez, Jennifer Reid, Chris Sculthorpe, Russell Storrs
Nonwoven Manufacturing Leadership team: Vilas Brooks, Kenny Manis, Kevin Patterson, Wyatt Rosenlund, Adrian Rocha
Beech Hill Backing Line team: Liam Aitken, Chris Aldred, Iain Bleasdale, Jason Callon, Warren Collier, Wayne Duffy, Steve Ellis, Steve Gale, Tony Hargraves, Brian Halliwell, John Hodlin, Jamie Lewis, Connor Makin, Jayne Murray, James O’Brien, Lee Riley, Dawn Schofield, Barry Townsend, Andy Walsh, Stephen Wood
The Breakthrough Innovation Award is presented to the associate or team of associates who demonstrated the innovation of a product, service or process that yielded significant business results.
Textile Division’s Medical Fabrics R&D team: JD Alvarez, Debra Blanton, Drew Child, James Cliver, Tyler Dressler, Connor LeRoy, Steve Lucas, Kevin Kasch, Ramesh Kesh, John McClure, Todd Moore, Chris Romansky, Paul Thompson, Eric Wamsley
Borchers High Performance Catalyst Platform team: Aaron Hoffman, Allie Musto, Simon Oram, Andrew Recker, David Rice, Loulou Rozek, Kellie Salerno, Max Shumba, Neil Simpson
Borchers Coating Additives Platform team: Mark Allen, Tyler Blouse, Doug Callender, Cassidy Carlile, Andrew Cotton, Herbert De Breuck, Chandis Digby, Natalie Dunham, Cole Dunster, Charlie Ehlers, Frank Fisher, Kantha Goundar, Jeremy Graham, Robert Guest, John Harmon, Elaine Hare Sturm, Martin Haworth, Jessica Hatchell, John Kellam, Kasel Knight, Robb Lanning, Robb Lovegrove, Gerry Murphy, Paul Pruitt, Jeff Ray, Randy Richeson, Russ Rudolph, George Shira, Lee Slusher, Melissa Todd, Wim Van de Velde, Brad Westendorf
The People Goals Award is presented to the associate or team of associates who contribute to Milliken’s 2025 People Goals by demonstrating a commitment to care for one another and the surrounding communities.
D&I Roundtable team: Anna Blanton, Ricaye Harris, Betsy Sikma
Chemical Environmental Compliance team: Mike Mannion, Brian Myers, Anna Pavnica, Rob Wallace
One-Year: Textile Division’s Medical Fabrics team
The Leadership Award is presented to the associate or team of associates who consistently demonstrates leadership expectations and is viewed by others as a role model.
Milliken Occupational Nurse team: Ashley Atchley, Hope Bailey, Melinda Green, Carol Hamby, Nancy Henderson, Courtney Kirby, Karen Owens, Kaylan Petty, Chris Seymour, Jeannine Tanner, Kaye Wingard, Van Wheeles