media release

Date: August 19, 2021
Contact: Courtney Karr, Director of Marketing and Education, +913.345.1005


IAPD Honors Wayne Gono of Regal Plastic Supply, Inc. with the 2021 Paul Davis Award of Merit

OVERLAND PARK, KS - The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), the international trade association comprised of companies engaged in the distribution and manufacturing of performance plastics, has named Wayne Gono of Regal Plastic Supply Company, Inc. its 2021 Paul Davis Award of Merit recipient.

On behalf of IAPD and the plastics distribution industry, Gono will receive the prestigious Paul Davis Award of Merit for 2021 during the opening session at IAPD's Annual Convention in Louisville, KY, USA on August 18, 2021. Presented by the 2020 recipient Adam Mellen of SIMONA AMERICA Group, Gono was selected for this honor due to his many years of support to the association and the plastics industry.

In his role as a second-generation leader of the family business, Gono had been a disengaged member of IAPD for many years. Once he joined the IAPD Board of Directors in 2011, he realized the many benefits of being engaged in the association and has come to be a champion of association engagement, inspiring others within his company, as well as other small distributors and many more in the performance plastics supply chain. Gono joined the IAPD Executive Committee in 2013, became vice president in 2017 and served as president for the 2018-2019 term. He continues to be an active member, including serving on the IAPD Plastics PAC Board of Directors, the IAPD Government Relations Committee and the IAPD Small Distributors Round Table.

“Wayne’s dedication to IAPD and enthusiasm for being not just a member but an engaged member is inspiring,” said IAPD CEO Susan E. Avery, CAE. “Wayne’s energy and dedication to the association has been a joy to see. He has made a difference in so many ways and we look forward to him continuing to be an engaged past president.”

About Paul Davis

Paul Davis of Plastics Manufacturing and Supply Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, recognized how difficult it was for a small independent plastics distributor to compete with a much larger distributor, and he longed for the same buying power that a multi-branch distributor enjoyed. In the summer of 1956, he began calling other small distributors to see if the owners were interested in teaming up to become a larger voice in the trade. Davis recruited six individuals, representing four plastics distributors at that first meeting. This small group launched what was initially named the United Plastics Warehouse Corporation and today is known as the International Association of Plastics Distribution. In 1986, IAPD created the Paul Davis Award of Merit to recognize members who have performed exceptional, extraordinary or outstanding service on behalf of the association and the plastics distribution industry and bestowed Paul Davis as the first recipient of this most esteemed award.

About IAPD

The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), established in 1956, brings together performance plastics distributors, fabricators, manufacturers, manufacturers’ representatives, recyclers and service providers in an environment which encourages a free flow of ideas and information that help members build their businesses. Every program and service we provide is designed with the simple goal of helping our members increase profitability. Membership in IAPD is an affordable business investment. IAPD provides training, connections with customers and suppliers and information about developments that impact the industry. For more information, visit

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