Russ Ebeid Recognized with National Ethnic Coalition Medal of Honor

Russel J. (Russ) Ebeid, former president of Guardian Glass Group, was honored recently with an Ellis Island Medal of Honor presented by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations () (NECO). Ebeid, who joined Guardian in 1970, spent more than 40 years in the glass industry before retiring in September 2011.

During his tenure with Guardian he worked at all ranks – from maintenance to plant engineering, production manager, plant manager and group vice president – before being named president of the Glass Group worldwide.

In 2008, he was featured in USGlass magazine’s list of the Glass Industry’s 50 Most Influential People and told us his heroes were his parents “who were knapsack immigrants who came to the United States without money, language or contacts … Their core values taught us that unselfishness, consideration of others, conscientious service, honesty and measured decision-making were the currencies of life.”

And as Nasser J. Kazeminy, chairman of NECO explains, “NECO is about investing in the power of caring, where people from all cultures and walks of life stand together arm in arm to make a real difference in our world through shared compassion and philanthropy – not just for now, but to also inspire future generations who will continue to preserve and build upon the legacy that each of our cultures spent more than 40 years in the glass industry before retiring in September 2011.

During his tenure with Guardian he worked at all ranks – from maintenance to plant engineering, production manager, plant manager and group vice president – before being named president of the Glass Group worldwide.

In 2008, he was featured in USGlass magazine’s list of the Glass Industry’s 50 Most Influential People and told us his heroes were his parents “who were knapsack immigrants who came to the United States without money, language or contacts … Their core values taught us that unselfishness, consideration of others, conscientious service, honesty and measured decision-making were the currencies of life.”

The Ellis Island Medal of Honor is presented by NECO to honor the contributions made by immigrants to the United States, their home countries and traditions, and the legacy they leave behind for the next generations. According to NECO, the honorees include native-born and naturalized U.S. citizens from diverse backgrounds who are said to “exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional lives, while continuing to preserve the richness of their particular heritage.”

Approximately 100 Medalists from different countries are honored each year. Past Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients include six Presidents of the United States, Nobel Prize winners, athletes, and leaders of industry, artists and others whose work has made a lasting impact on humanity. The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have officially recognized the Ellis Island Medals of Honor, and each year the recipients are listed in the Congressional Record.

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  1. Wayne Smith:

    Congratualtions Russ! It is a well deserved honor and recognition for your many contributions.

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