Industry Member Ken Vickers Passes Away

May 7th, 2020 by Editor

Ken Vickers, a longtime member of the window film industry, passed away very early this morning, reports Darrell Smith, executive director for the International Window Film Association. Vickers had been critically ill prior to his passing, and was resting at home in the past week with his family, says Smith.

Ken Vickers

Vickers had a long career in the industry which began as CEO of the former Courtaulds Performance Films, which was eventually bought by Solutia where he initially retired. After a short time, he once again started working in the industry, and later went to work as a consultant for Johnson Window Films. While working with Johnson, Ken served on both the IWFA Board of Directors and the EWFA Managing Council as the company’s official representative to each organization.

“He was sent here to the U.S. from Courtaulds,” said Smith “and as CEO of Courtaulds, he was an instrumental part of the founding of the European Window Film Association. He has always been very vocal throughout the industry and has touched a lot of people.”

“Please keep all of Ken’s loved ones in your thoughts,” said Smith.

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  1. Ken will be missed by all that knew him… he was sharp, quick, fair, very knowledgeable in the window film world and was very respected… he was also one of the funniest people to call my friend.

    I will miss your and Ann’s annual trips to Hawaii to visit, especially our Happy Hours at the Chart House Waikiki… RIP my buddy.

  2. Im very sadden to hear of Ken’s passing, he was truly a remarkable man who loved people and the window film industry. I recall many wonderful years under his knowledgable direction at CPFilms I always learned so much from him. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ann and his family whom he held so dear. Rest in peace, Ken you will be missed.

  3. Ken was such an advocate and champion of the window film industry. He will he missed and dearly remembered for his contribution to our industry and kindness to all. RIP our friend.

  4. Sorry to see the first generation fading away. Soon ours will be there. Our industry is finally getting some history to be remembered. Thoughts go out to his family and friends.q

  5. A very sad day indeed for the window film industry. I had the distinct pleasure of working with Ken during the mid 90’s at CP Films in Martinsville and quickly learned what a kind and caring man he truly was. He taught me a lot about how to best treat your colleagues and empowering them to achieve success and greatness. He will be missed, RIP my friend.

  6. The most successful people in our industry work passionately for their company and still friendly with their competition. Mr. Vickers illustrated both zeal for success and a gentle spirit which is hard to come by very often. I hope his family understands the impact he had on many regular people like me – he could have claimed his title but always preferred to claim a new friendship.

  7. I knew Ken at Performance Films, having handled the sale of the business to Solutia and also earlier at Courtaulds in the UK, particularly when he was running their Cellophane business. We worked together on many deals and I was always helped by his deep expertise and wise advice, but also, very importantly, by his boundless sense of humour – never a dull moment with Ken!

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