On Tuesday morning, Beverly (Bev) Spears will receive the 2021 Samson-Adler Award. Beverly began her career in the coatings industry in 1986 as a Purchasing Manager for Preservative Paint in Seattle, WA. After eight years of purchasing she ventured into outside sales with Priestly Oil & Chemical (Now Tarr LLC), and opened the Washington Distribution Center and warehouse in Auburn WA. Her sales career progressed into positions in specialty chemical and industrial chemical sales and distribution for various industries, with emphasis on paint and coatings. She held positions with Synergistic Performance Corporation, Seggott Inc., and eventually invested as a partner with Cordano Chemical Company. In 2005, Cordano Chemical Company sold to Dorsett & Jackson where she managed the OR, WA, BC and ID territory until she retired in 2020.


Bev is Past President of PNWSCT(1989-1999) and has continued to serve on the board at different capacities and committees supporting the Symposiums. Bev serves as the SLC for PNWSCT since the inception of this National Committee and has held the Chair position in the past. Bev served on the WCS Board of directors for six years and three shows, and resigned in 2020.


Bev received the WCS Outstanding Service Award in 2019. She has received several Certificates of Participation from the Federation of Societies over the years, including the very first Annual Meeting Program Committee, which planned the initial short courses and classes for what is now known as the American Coatings Show.


Bev received the Distinguished Industry Achievement Award from the NPCA 1992 for coordinating paint and sundries distribution for eight homes and participating in Seattle’s Christmas in April program.


Bev volunteered at the PSPCA Annual Charity Dinner Auction for 10+ years, and the group raised over 150,000 for a variety of worthy causes. Bev was Head Chef for the ever-popular “Assole dinner for 12” that sold for top dollar at the event. Currently the group holds an annual paint and coatings toy drive and Christmas luncheon for charitable organizations.


Bev currently volunteers for The City of Renton, serves on the Maplewood Water Co-op, and holds the position as President for the private community Water District.


Bev resides at her home on the Cedar River with her partner, Greg, of 24 years. Between them they have five children and lost Bev’s son Daniel to a heart condition in 2010. They have eight very active grandchildren and one great grandson that they follow around golf courses, baseball and lacrosse fields, and ice rinks throughout the U.S.