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Lifetime Achievement Award presented to William Ives.

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Jun 24, 2010 - William Ives, long-time legal counsel, was honored with BSA's Lifetime Achievement Award at association's 2010 Annual Convention in May in Naples, FL. During his presentation, Steve Durston, chairman of BSA's Past Presidents Council, noted that "Bill has been a part of our industry since BSA was formed in 1966" and that he "is the only legal counsel BSA has ever had." Ives offers accomplished and diverse legal career as well as a passion for history.

Bearing Specialists Association - Glen Ellyn, IL

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BSA Presents Lifetime Achievement Award

Press release date: Jun 22, 2010

Glen Ellyn, IL-The Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) honored long-time legal counsel William Ives with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the association's 2010 Annual Convention May 1-4 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, Florida.

In making the presentation, Steve Durston, chairman of BSA's Past Presidents Council, noted that "Bill has been a part of our industry since BSA was formed in 1966. He is the only legal counsel BSA has ever had." Ives is a graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and earned his law degree at Harvard University. He served as a Field Office Commander with the U.S. Army Counter-Intelligence Corps in Germany. During more than three decades with Keck, Mahin and Cate, a national law firm with 350 lawyers and 10 offices, his leadership abilities were tapped repeatedly, including service as Chairman of the firm's Management Committee. He was also admitted to practice before the Illinois and the U.S. Supreme Court and various appeals courts. In 2004 Ives retired to private practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Happily for BSA, he continues to provide guidance for many associations.

In addition to his accomplished legal career, Ives has a passion for history. Over the years, his interest in and knowledge of Winston Churchill has found him addressing the British Churchill Society at the House of Commons and meeting with Churchill's daughter, Lady Soames. He has served as President and Governor of the Churchill Centre, at the Cabinet War Rooms in London. He has also studied Abraham Lincoln and authored a book titled, Lincoln's Visits to Mercer County (Illinois).

In 2001 BSA awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award to Wendy McDonald of BC Bearing Engineers. In 2004 two additional Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to Jim Fitzpatrick, Sr. of Bearings Specialty Company and John Nations of Bearings & Drives. In 2006, a Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to James Martin III, who retired in late December 2005 as Director-Distribution, Marketing Services & Integration, The Timken Company. It marked the first time the award was presented to a manufacturer. In 2007, BSA honored Dennis B. Clark, who retired in 2003 as president of North American Industrial Distribution, SKF, and Richard Gipson, Gipson Bearing Co.

BSA is the "must belong to organization for authorized bearing distributors." An international service and educational organization of distributors representing a total of almost 100 companies distributing factory-warranted ball-, roller-, and anti-friction bearings and invited manufacturers of bearings and related products, the association's mission says, "BSA is the forum to enhance networking and knowledge sharing and promote the sale of bearings through authorized distributors." For more information on BSA contact the BSA office at (630) 858-3838; fax (630) 790-3095; email or visit the association website at