Jim Appledorn retired from Lincoln Electric after more than 40 years with the company. He spent the last 18 years as the U.S. Distributor Sales Manager. Jim is also a Distinguished Life Member of the AWS, having served as the District 18 Director and Section Chairman of the Houston, Salt Lake City and Spokane Sections. His AWS achievements included both Certified Welding Inspect and Certified Welding Sales Representative certifications as well as 17 years of service on the National Membership Committee.
Michael Mintun, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, North America at Lincoln Electric said, "Jim Appledorn is retiring from Lincoln Electric after a 43 year distinguished career. Jim is most known for the contribution he made in his role of Distributor Sales Manager, where for the last 18 years Jim has become one of the most recognized and respected members in the GAWDA organization. His quick wit and joke telling prowess are legendary, but he is most revered for his fairness and advocacy for our Distributor partners. 'Jim and Denise Appledorn have become pillars in the GAWDA organization.' They will be sorely missed. We thank them both for their impactful contribution and wish them a long and healthy retirement."
“While Jim was a valuable member of the Industry Partnering Committee for many years, he has been very faithful to attend and has contributed greatly from his vast experience in the industry,” said Doug Morton, who served with Jim on the Industry Partnering Committee. “He is a true professional and added his witty sense of humor at all the right times. Jim you will be missed.”
GAWDA members may remember Jim for his role in the legendary GAWDA Band, In a GAWDA da Vida. We wish Jim well in his retirement.