Urmilla Sowell presents the C. Gregory Carney Award to Thom Zaremba.

The C. Gregory Carney Award, established in honor and remembrance of Greg Carney, long-time technical director for the Glass Association of North America (now part of the National Glass Association), was presented last night during the group’s Glass Conference dinner in Long Beach, Calif. Urmilla Sowell, technical and advocacy director, presented this year’s award to industry consultant Thom Zaremba, who has advocated for the use of the right glass in the right place.

In presenting the award, Sowell described Zaremba as someone dedicated to doing what’s right for the industry as a whole, as one of the defenders of glass, and as someone dedicated to “keeping an old established product relevant in the marketplace.”

He is a “world-renowned expert and even a nemesis to some,” she said. “He has never faulted in his defense of the glazing product.”

In his career, Zaremba has consulted to provide history and perspective on glass and glazing and was instrumental in the creation of the association’s Fire Rated committee. He was also part of the development of the Glazing Industry Code Committee. Much of his work’s focus has been on fire safety and structural code issues.

“He has guided, advised and strategized to keep glass the preferred building material,” said Sowell. “He is a lawyer who happens to know glass … [who has worked to ensure the use of] the right glass in the right place.”

In humbly accepting the award, Zaremba commented that “glass is a miracle… this is the greatest night of my life.”

Chuck Knickerbocker with Technical Glass Products, who was unable to attend in person, received the Volunteer of the Year Award. He is also a USGlass magazine blogger.

Stay tuned to USGNN™ for news and reports from the Glass Conference in Long Beach, Calif.