As third-generation precaster, Dan Barbour grew up attending NPCA events and then spent nearly two decades serving in leadership positions. His long-term leadership as a membership chair, board member and chairman of the NPCA Board of Directors put Barbour in the spotlight once again as he was presented with the 2010 Robert E. Yoakum Award at the NPCA 45th Annual Convention recently in Vancouver, B.C.
“It’s an honor to receive the Yoakum Award,” Barbour said. “My family has a long history of involvement with NPCA and that’s just the way I was raised, to give back, so I feel I need to keep that dedication going forward. Being an NPCA member has given my family countless opportunities and done great things for our business, and I feel that if you just give back half of what you get out of it, it’s going to very valuable to the association and the industry.”
The precast industry’s most prestigious individual tribute, the award is named in honor of one of the association’s founding members, Robert E. Yoakum, who led the effort to establish the association in 1965 and then tragically passed away the evening before the opening day of the first Convention.
Dan Barbour is the third member of his family to earn the award. His father Jim, one of the early leaders of NPCA, was presented with the Yoakum Award in 1974. Twenty years later, the same honor was bestowed on Dan’s mother, Daneen Barbour, for her service to NPCA.
Barbour’s contributions to the Association have been many, including forming the NPCA Young Leaders Group to help the next generation of precasters, chairing the Governance Task Force that completely updated the association’s governance and helping to launch the first Precast Show. He also served four terms as chair of the Membership Committee and twice earned the Douglas G. Hoskin Award for sponsoring the most members. He is one of just three members to reach the Pinnacle level of the Top Gun Club, with 141 members sponsored during his career.