Washington, DC – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry, today presented the ISRI Lifetime Achievement Award to Arnold Gene Gachman, president of Gachman Metals and Recycling Company of Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Gachman received the award for his life-long dedication and leadership in the field, and commitment to ISRI. The award was presented during the organization’s annual convention being held in Orlando, Florida.
“Throughout his career, Arnold Gachman has proven to not only be a wonderful leader for the scrap recycling industry, but his generosity, ability to teach others, and willingness to learn have helped set our industry’s course for decades to come,” said ISRI President Robin Wiener. “We are proud to present Arnold with ISRI’s Lifetime Achievement Award for all he has and continues to accomplish for our industry and his community.”
At age 27, Arnold Gachman was named general manager of the family business, Gachman Metals (later Gachman Metals and Recycling Co.), and five years later, in 1974, he became its President. His success earned him the respect of industry colleagues who soon enlisted him to serve in leadership roles in the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel (ISIS) Gulf Coast Chapter and later as national secretary of ISIS in 1984. Mr. Gachman also was active in the National Association of Recycling Industries, which gave him unique qualifications for leadership when the two organizations merged in 1987 to form the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. In 1992, Arnold Gachman became ISRI’s third President.
“I was fortunate enough to have the influence of many people that helped guide me and make me a better person and professional. That is one of the many benefits of ISRI. It is the relationships that are formed, from large operations with great business practices to those that are just starting out and learning the industry; and from those of us who have spent decades learning to those just starting out,” said Arnold Gachman. “It is up to those who are more experienced to mentor and build future leaders, and to encourage all levels of involvement, from serving as national officers to outreach in local communities. The work of today’s young leaders and those to come will be the most critical in moving ISRI forward, and increasing its visibility and effectiveness in handling the issues it will face.”
A life-long resident of Fort Worth, Mr. Gachman is a dedicated contributor to his community: supporting Congregation Avahath Sholom; providing service and support to the All Saints Health Foundation; and building public service into his business by giving tours of his facility and operating a public buyback center.
In August, Arnold and his wife, Harriette, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They are the proud parents of son Irik and daughter Lesha, who have given them five grandchildren—Lexi and Jordan; and Ben, Gabbie and Kellie Ann.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI)
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the Voice of the Recycling Industry™. ISRI represents more than 1,700 companies in 21 chapters nationwide that process, broker and industrially consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides education, advocacy, and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development. For more information about ISRI, visit www.ISRI.org.