Association Awards


The Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) has a long and proud history of accomplishment. A significant component of that accomplishment has been recognizing individuals within the scaffold and access industry who have given selflessly of themselves to the betterment of not only their industry but of their association.

Each year, the Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) bestows a number of awards to these Association members who have contributed their time, devotion, passion, and expertise to the overall growth, mission, and initiatives of the SAIA.

Show your support for the SAIA and its mission by voting for your peers for an Association Award. 



Coupling Pin Award

All active members are eligible for this award, bestowed upon an SAIA member who has performed exemplary service and shown exceptional dedication to the Association. Past Recipients 

Hall of Fame Award

This award is bestowed upon a member who has actively served the Association for five years and is a past recipient of the Coupling Pin Award. Past Recipients 

Outstanding Company Contribution Award

This award is given to the SAIA member firm that has distinguished itself through teamwork, monetary contributions and volunteer time and effort in participation of Association activities. Past Recipients 

Outstanding Council Chairperson Award

This award is granted to the individual who, through personal devotion, contribution and leadership, elevated their council to a higher level of participation and exposure within the industry. Past Recipients 

Outstanding Service Award

This award is bestowed upon individuals who have distinguished themselves in the areas of service, contribution, effort and guidance. The individual is recognized for special projects or services to the officers and directors. Past Recipients 

Spirit Award

This award is given to the SAIA member who has distinguished himself or herself through promotion, support and devotion to the SAIA and its programs. Past Recipients 

Unsung Hero Award

This award is bestowed upon an SAIA member who has a strong history of activism and participation with and support for the Association. Past Recipients 

Victor Saleeby Award

This award recognizes an SAIA member who has achieved at least 15 years of outstanding and exceptional service to the Association and has received the Coupling Pin Award in the past. Past Recipients 

William T. Ayres Founders Award for Membership Growth

This award recognizes the member or member company who has contributed the to growth of SAIA through membership referrals and promotion of the association. 

SAIAU Accredited Training Institute Award

This award recognizes the SAIA Instructor who taught the most students in the previous calendar year. 



Coupling Pin

Tracy Dutting-Kane
Layher, Inc.


Hall of Fame

Eric Schmidt
Century Elevators


Outstanding Company Contribution

D.H. Charles Engineering


Outstanding Council Chairperson

Brian Andrews 
Bee Access


Outstanding Service Award

Harold Gidish
Sky Climber Access Solutions, LLC


Spirit Award

Mike McAnnally
StepUp Scaffold


Unsung Hero Award

Paula Manning
SAIA Past President 2016-2018


Victor Saleeby

Michael Paladino
Eagle Scaffolding Services, Inc.

Instructor who taught the most students

Joel Almequest with Scaffold Service Inc. Joel trained 203 students in 2022!


William T. Ayers Founders Award

David Johnson with Skyline Scaffold (Sacramento CA)