The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) recently named John Masek, senior vice president, Bearing Service Inc. (Livonia, MI), the 25th recipient of its Warren Pike Award for lifetime achievement in the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry.
Masek received the award, named for PTDA’s co-founder and first president, at the Association’s Industry Summit in Chicago, IL. The award was established in 1984 to honor individuals who have demonstrated outstanding, continuous, long-term support of PTDA and the PT/MC industry, and is only presented when an individual’s achievements merit this prestigious recognition.
Masek has been an active and committed PTDA and PTDA Foundation volunteer for over 20 years beginning his service on committees such as the Employee Relations, Industry Relations and Communications committees. Masek served as a Trustee for the PTDA Foundation from 2003-2005 and will be serving again beginning in 2016. He was elected to the PTDA Board of Directors in 2004, continuing in additional officer positions during the years, culminating with a term as president in 2008.
Warren Pike Award recipients are selected by the PTDA Board and are not informed of the honor in advance. Masek accepted the award, stating, “This is something I never thought to have.” He thanked his wife, Sue Masek, for 33 years of support and Doug Savage, Bearing Service Inc. president, for getting him involved in PTDA. Bearing Service is the first PTDA member organization to have two Warren Pike Award recipients and three PTDA presidents from among its employees. Masek also thanked his Bearing Service Inc. colleagues for their “hard work to keep all the customers happy” and the manufacturers with whom they have endured some hard times but still stuck together.