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2017 11th Annual Tradesperson of the Year Awards

2017 11th Annual Tradesperson of the Year Awards

This year’s Senior Tradesperson of the Year is Anthony Banks of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair. Mr. Banks is a pipefitter with over 40 years of experience. Known for his superior quality or work, and praised for his mentorship and leadership, he has become an icon in the pipefitting trade. On one availability, he was tasked with installing a Lube Oil Purifier System. Over a week into the installation, the customer decided to completely change the system’s design. Keeping a positive attitude, and relying on his keen attention to detail, Mr. Banks worked around the clock, even as the ship transitioned from dry-dock to pier-side, and delivered the system on schedule despite the changes he was thrown. He has also continually served as a sought-after mentor, both inside and outside of the shipyard, helping new and junior tradespeople find their paths in the ship repair industry.

This year’s Junior Tradesperson of the Year is Harold Martin of General Dynamics NASSCO - Norfolk. Mr. Martin entered the industry as a fire watch, eventually transitioning into the pipe shop as a handyman. He now works as a pipefitter, and has achieved tremendous success pursuing many certifications and credentials to improve his abilities and expand his knowledge. He has been praised for his perfect safety record, and for becoming the only pipefitter in his shop to earn tack weld certification. His talent, ingenuity, and skill were on full display when he led the installation of 1,000 feet of piping for a chlorination modification with no rework, and managed to reduce the number of couplings and joints required by more than half along the way. Beyond his stellar work, however, Mr. Martin is a phenomenal representative of our industry throughout his community. On his off days, he can be found volunteering with a local organization for the homeless, serving food and keeping the facilities clean, or at his church mowing the grass or lending a listening ear to anyone in need of encouragement. He shares his path to success regularly with those in his community, and has mentored several of his peers to pursue careers in ship repair.


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Get ready for the 2018 Tradesperson of the Year Awards!

Please click here to view the VSRF Tradesperson of the Year Awards Flyer.

Remember these tips when submitting your nomination:

* The judges look for specific examples of expertise, leadership and commitment. Please be descriptive in your answers. Other areas that weigh in on the decision-making are: creativity, safety, professionalism and growth.

* Details or examples of work quality, leadership or innovation often score more points than just stating the nominee is stellar at their work.

* Only one nomination per company and Jr. nominees may not have more than five years of trade experience in their work history.

* Community service is often the area that will distinguish the winner in a close race. Remember, this can be with the company as well. Clean up the Bay day, United Way team leader, church service or helping at the Food Bank all count.