On Nov. 4, Dick Bus, president of ATAS International, received an Icon Honors award.
The awards recognized Greater Lehigh Valley business leaders for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership both within and outside of their chosen fields. The awards not only celebrate the recipients’ leadership skills but also their dedication to their community.
ATAS is a manufacturer of metal panels and accessories for the building envelope and interiors, with locations across the U.S.
Bus has served as president of ATAS since 1995, and he is also the VP of its sister company, BRIGHTSMITH Coaters.
In 1963 the company began as Aluminum Trim and Shapes, founded by Bus’ father, Jacobus “Jack” Bus, evolving from his siding and trim installer business.
At that time, Jack and Nel Bus lived in a home in Rochester, New York with their eight children, and the business started in their basement.
Bus helped his father by working on job sites during his childhood, taking on other responsibilities and positions in manufacturing as the company continued to grow.
Currently a board member of the MCA (Metal Construction Association) and the NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association), Bus has served and supported numerous industry associations for many years.
He is currently the president of the MRA (Metal Roofing Alliance), a member of CSI (Construction Specifications Institute), and a former President of the MCA. Locally, Bus serves on the boards of the Da Vinci Science Center and the MRC (Manufacturers Resource Center).
A strong proponent of educating youth on the exciting careers in manufacturing and the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industry, Bus has supported many initiatives.