He touched every one of you in some way or another,” said former NGA Chairman Jim Ponder, who presented the award. “He has given of himself, to this industry, his whole life.”
Roy Van Buskirk, former owner of Bacon & Van Buskirk, recalled in an email, “during my active time in the Industry, I was so lucky to have attended many meetings where Donn favored us with his accurate, but entertaining views on products and services, which were then currently under consideration.”
Harter was presented the award in a surprise ceremony during the Glazing Executives Forum, held at GlassBuild America. His two daughters and his son were present at the event.
“We experienced challenges and battles, but I think we are all better off for doing what we know is best,” Harter said when accepting the award. “I really appreciate this.”