Posted December 6, 2021

Savage receives BSA Lifetime Achievement Award

Doug Savage, chairman of Bearing Service Inc. in Livonia, Michigan, received BSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Association’s 2021 Annual Convention.

Doug SavageSavage has served as BSA 2005/2006 president, BSA chairman of the board 2006/2007, 2004, 2005, 2012 and 2019 Convention. He currently serves on the Certification and Education Committee, Distributor/Manufacturer Relations Committee, Supply Chain Strategy & Technology Committee, PAR Task Force, PIE Task Force, the Past Presidents Council, and Chairs the Membership Advisory Committee. He has personally been responsible for adding many new members and manufacturers to the list of BSA members and participating manufacturers.

“Doug’s energy and expertise speak for him. He has impacted so many people’s lives, not only through BSA, but through the industry. With all the things that he knows and the things that he does,” said Jim Scardina, executive vice president of Bearing Headquarters Company, and 2020/2021 BSA president, who presented the award.

Doug Knauf, vice president of distribution and regional OEM, US, and Canada, at The Timken Company, said, “Doug has been a steward of the bearing industry for many years. He has actively participated in BSA, PTDA, and has always encouraged others to get involved and support the distribution channel.”

John Masek, senior vice president of Bearing Service, said, “What Doug has done for Bearing Service and for the industry is huge. Doug is very well respected in the industry, and he is outstanding in the relationships that he has been able to build.”

Jack Simpson, director of bearings at Applied Industrial Technologies, said Savage had a big impact on his career. “When I first met Doug and he was going to these association meetings, it was to make connections to develop and build the business,” Simpson said. “Today, Doug’s council is sought by many of his peers and manufacturers. And I think that is the most profound impact that Doug has had on the industry. The transformation from ‘what can I get from the industry’ to ‘what can I give back.’”

The 2022 Annual Convention will be held April 30-May 3 at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California.