Copper Club Annual Dinner and Ankh Award Recipients
The annual Copper Club dinner took place on June 8th this year at the historic and landmark Plaza Hotel in New York City. This is always an exciting event because it brings together senior executives from all over our industry. This year was no exception. There were copper producers, fabricators, refiners, dealers, traders and many other business leaders from throughout the world in attendance.
The Copper Club has been in existence since 1944. It’s an active networking organization that provides educational grants and supports various events for those affiliated with the copper industry. Awards are presented following the dinner to industry leaders and scholarships are given to select college and high school students throughout the U.S.
For me, the highlight of the dinner is the presentation of the Ankh Award. The trophy is a replica of Rodin’s “The Thinker” and serves as a symbol for the red metal dating back to ancient Egypt. Each year the Ankh Award is presented to leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the copper industry. Following this year’s dinner, Copper Club Chairman Arthur Miele presented the 2011 Ankh Award for Copper Man of the Year to Masayoshi Matsumoto, President & CEO, Sumitomo Electric Industries LTD (Japan).
As an industry leader, Mr. Matsumoto has advanced copper usage in automotive, electronics, electric wire and cable applications. He is also recognized for his service to the copper industry through his strong support of the International Wrought Copper Council where he serves as vice-chairman.
This year, the Copper Club awarded the Ankh Award for Excellence in Leadership to Chile’s Minister of Mines, Laurence Golborne. Arthur Miele noted that this award was “much deserved for Minister Golborne’s tireless effort in the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners this past fall.” Miele and all dinner attendees congratulated Minister Golborne for this well-deserved distinction.
Copper Development Association president and CEO, Andy Kireta, Sr. serves on the executive board of the Copper Club. During the dinner he talked about how each year the copper industry recognizes excellence in copper industry leadership. According to Kireta, “The awardees are the best of the best in what they have contributed to the copper industry. These leaders stand out as real, astute, and honorable businessmen that are admired by their community and their colleagues.”
By honoring those who have forged pathways in the industry and helping to pave new paths for students working toward careers in copper, the Copper Club ensures the past, present and future of copper.