About SGCDpro

Mission Statement:

The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorated Products (SGCDpro) is dedicated to the interests of the decorating, manufacturing and marketing of glass, ceramic and associated substrates.

Through the use of electronic, print and face to face resources, SGCDpro provides for its members:

  • Expanded Business Opportunities
  • Current technical, educational and regulatory information
  • A unified voice and face serving as a conduit of information between our industry, government, media and other interested parties

SGCDpro promotes the use of socially and environmentally responsible business practices and encourages members to comply with all regulatory guidelines.


SGCDpro Washington Link

Walt Sanders is Vice President Law & Government Affairs for Van Fleet Associates, Inc. He counsels corporate and association clients before the U.S. Congress and Federal regulatory and enforcement agencies. He was Co-Director, Federal Relations Group for Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, advising clients on legislative, legal, and regulatory issues. Walt also served as Counsel to the Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Walt was Counsel and Legislative Director for then-Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, John D. Dingell.


Legislative and Regulatory Initiatives

SGCDpro Legislative and Regulatory Liaison, Sandra Spence, monitors all current and existing legislation affecting the industry. SGCDpro members have access to her updates through our newsletter and website. Members are also advised of breaking news in this area through broadcast emails. Spence was involved in early legislative initiatives involving FDA regulations for glass and ceramicware and she continues to monitor new areas of concern such as the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).



Staff and Board of Directors


Todd Barson
(216) 272-0327


Vice President:

Nevin White
Grandstand Sportswear and Glassware
(785) 312-5309


David Walden
Seagrave Coatings
(412) 302-2855


Sean Weir
Sean Weir Associates
(412) 337-2164



Paul Bolduc
Koenig & Bauer Kammann
(978) 463-0050

Wes King
Fusion Ceramics
(330) 627-2191

George Sakoske
Glass Coatings and Concepts
(513) 539-5300


Past President:

Murray Bain
Stanpac Inc.


Executive Director:

Myra Warne

Industry Awards

The Society is pleased to announce that the Discovery Awards will now be called the SGCDpro Design Excellence Awards. The awards will be judged by Deco attendees and awards will be presented in 10 categories with a special Director's award being presented by the SGCDpro Board.

The Bert Vandenoever Award is the highest honor among Discovery Award entrants and is given to the single entry judged best of show by SGCDpro seminar attendees.

The Frank S. Child Award honors individual achievement in the industry. Named for the Society's first executive secretary and founding member (now executive secretary emeritus), the award recognizes extraordinary contribution to the decorating industry.

The Founder's Award is presented at the discretion of the Board for outstanding contributions to the Society.



Click to download by-laws
(Microsoft doc file) Posted Apr. 15, 2013


Glossary of Industry Terms


Video Demonstration of Vitrification