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PTDA Foundation Presents Chris Gumas with Robert K. Callahan Future Leaders Award
October 27, 2021
A past president and 25-year PTDA Foundation Trustee, Bob Callahan (formerly SENQCIA MAXCO LLC) was passionate about the mission of the PTDA Foundation. Bob passed away in early 2021 and, in recognition of his commitment to the advancement of new talent within the power transmissions/motion control (PT/MC) industry, the PTDA Foundation created the Robert K. Callahan Future Leaders Award. This award recognizes a young leader who exhibits a true passion for and desire to grow within the industry. The inaugural recipient of this award is Chris Gumas of Ruland Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Gumas joined Ruland in 2010 and today is the director of marketing, managing the company’s global distributor relationships, website and day-to-day commercial operations. Throughout his eleven-year tenure with Ruland, Gumas has never ceased to seek opportunities to advance his knowledge of the PT/MC industry, including his regular participation at the PTDA Leadership Development Conferences. He exudes an energy and passion that is best seen in his ability to connect with individuals across all levels of the industry—from those beginning their careers to seasoned PTDA leaders.
An inherent leader mentality drives Gumas to embrace out-of-the-box thinking, strategies and solutions, distinguishing him within his company and the industry. He acknowledges that to grow, both organizations and individuals need to take risks and welcome challenges. “Part of leadership is building trust,” says Gumas. “When people see ideas working, it builds trust in your decision making.”
He is an avid supporter and promoter of PTDA and currently serves on the PTDA Manufacturer Council. He was presented with his award during the Annual Business Meeting at the PTDA 2021 Industry Summit in Atlanta on October 22. Unable to attend in person, Chris accepted his award virtually.