It’s very uplifting to hear people who win awards deflect attention from themselves. Both inductees to IPC’s Hall of Fame spent more time thanking others than they did considering the efforts that won them this high honor.
Ray Prasad was the first of the two Hall of Fame inductees to speak. He made a point to thank Dieter Bergman, who has been IPC’s technical liaison for many of the committees that Prasad has worked on since 1985. He called Dieter “a human machine,” highlighting Bergman’s tireless work for IPC.
Prasad also said that while IPC volunteers like him get the credit, it’s IPC employees who deserve much of the praise for making sure everything is done correctly. He added Jeanne Cooney and IPC videographer Mark Pritchard to his list of those who have helped him earn the award.
Lionel Fullwood took a different tack in his brief observations. The native of England said the seminal event of his life was the opportunity to move to America. Fullwood, who’s spent much of his career in Asia, said there’s no place like the United States when it comes to the opportunity to succeed.
When IPC President and CEO John Mitchell made the introductions, he mentioned that IPC volunteers are some of the most humble people around. Fullwood and Prasad definitely made that an astute observation.