R.A. Brannon Award

R.A. Brannon Award

The R.A. Brannon Award is the signature award of the association. It recognizes a current member of NACE International whose outstanding service has contributed to the development and improvement of the association that resulted in promotion of the objectives of NACE. To be outstanding contributions to NACE are evaluated on the basis of results achieved rather than effort expended.

This award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions at the Association level that resulted in promotion of the objectives of NACE, and is the signature award of the Association.

A maximum of one award may be given in any year. The recipient will receive an inscribed award and an honorarium of $1,000.

Nominee Eligibility

  • The nominee must be a current member of NACE in good standing.
  • No posthumous nominations will be accepted.
  • Past presidents are eligible for this award only for accomplishments following their presidency and only after 5 years’ time has lapsed since their presidency.
  • Past recipients of this award are not eligible to receive this award again.

How to Nominate

Download and fill out nomination form

Review criteria for nominator eligibility

Return on or before June 30 to NACE Headquarters

For more information please email awards@nace.org.

Steve Poncio2019 Recipient(s): Steve Poncio

Poncio previously spent over 34 years at Houston Lighting and Power/Reliant Energy. There he developed a coatings program for nine power plants with annual budgets of $5-8 million dollars, conducted surveys to assess physical asset condition, developed specifications, wrote technical requirements for painting contractors, and supervised project management of coatings projects. He has published articles on maintenance coatings and linings, project management, and lead-based coating removal in Materials Performance and JPCL—the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings. He chaired the Workforce Development Committee, Houston Business Roundtable, 1996-1999. He obtained his B.S. degree in civil engineering technology from the University of Houston.

Poncio currently owns Poncio Coating Consulting in Montgomery, Texas.


Past Recipients

  • 2018 - Aida Lopez-Garrity
  • 2017 - John H. Fitzgerald III, FNACE
  • 2016 - David Kroon
  • 2015 - Sergei Shipilov
  • 2014 - Jeffery L. Didas
  • 2013 - Clay Brelsford
  • 2012 - Hartley Duncan
  • 2011 - Norman J. Moriber
  • 2010 - James F. Chmilar
  • 2009 - Candy Balerio
  • 2008 - Robert Tuttle
  • 2007 - Terry May
  • 2006 - R. Horvath
  • 2005 - L.D. Vincent
  • 2004 - R. Gummow
  • 2003 - J.L. Magnon
  • 2002 - R.S. Charlton
  • 2001 - B.J. Lewis
  • 2000 - G.F. Hays
  • 1999 - C.G. Arnold
  • 1998 - J.D Trim
  • 1997 - H.H. Lawson
  • 1996 - A.F. Brunn
  • 1995 - T.M. Kazmierczak
  • 1994 - L.D. Perrigo
  • 1993 - S.L. Irwin
  • 1992 - J. Kolts
  • 1991 - R.N. Parkins
  • 1990 - J.Q. Lackey
  • 1989 - G. Elder
  • 1988 - H.E. Rossy
  • 1987 - D.D. Downing
  • 1986 - F.E. Rizzo
  • 1985 - R.I. Lindberg
  • 1984 - H.R. Hanson
  • 1983 - J. F. Williams
  • 1982 - H.G. Byars
  • 1981 - T.F. Degnan
  • 1980 - H. Vandroffelaar
  • 1979 - W.J. Neill, Jr.
  • 1978 - D.D. Byerley
  • 1977 - F.W. Hewes
  • 1976 - L.C. Rowe
  • 1975 - J.P. Barrett
  • 1974 - I.M. Parker
  • 1973 - R.A. Brannon