Last week’s San Diego Convention was the first time the US’ National Demolition Association had gathered since the pandemic and it was an incredible success that carried with it more than a whiff of heather, haggis and Scots whisky.
The success of the event owed much to the efforts of Convention Chairman, Scott Laird, a Scot by birth but now a respected member of the US demolition brotherhood. But that was not the only Scottish connection.
In tribute to Scotsman David Sinclair, the recipient of the NDA Lifetime Achievement Award 2022, the entire NDA Board donned kilts and proceeded into the Gala Dinner to the sound of the bagpipes.
The NDA Boards tribute and Award demonstrates the esteem which Sinclair is held. What is more remarkable was the fact that this was the first time a recipient from overseas had been recognised in this manner by the North American Association.
Sinclair is undoubtedly the most recognised and respected voice in the global demolition industry today having received recognition through Lifetime Achievement Awards for his contribution to the global demolition industry from North America’s NDA, from the UK’s NFDC, at the World Demolition Awards, he has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the IDE and to the EDA’s ‘Club of Honour’.
It is highly unlikely that any other individual in the demolition industry could be honoured in such a universal way and testament to Sinclair’s unrivalled contribution to the demolition industry.