BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TriMas (NASDAQ: TRS) announced today with great sadness that Richard “Dick” M. Gabrys passed away on November 4, 2019 at the age of 78.
Mr. Gabrys was elected to the TriMas Corporation Board of Directors in August 2006 and has served as Chairman of the TriMas Audit Committee since May 2, 2008. He also served as a member of the Board’s Compensation Committee and Governance and Nominating Committee. Mr. Gabrys had extensive knowledge and expertise in financial reporting, accounting and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance for public companies. His experiences serving as a director of other significant corporations contributed to his leadership skills, the breadth of his experience in auditing, finance and other areas of risk oversight, as well as experience in acquisitions and divestitures.
“The TriMas family is deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of our longtime Board member and friend, Dick Gabrys,” said Thomas Amato, TriMas President and CEO. “Dick was a dedicated and well-respected Board member who will leave a lasting impact on us. It was a privilege to serve with him and his counsel was invaluable.”
“Dick was an integral part of the Detroit business community, a trusted advisor, and most importantly, a long-time friend,” said Samuel Valenti III, Chairman of the Board of Directors at TriMas. “On behalf of TriMas, we extend our deepest condolences to Dick’s wife, Eleanore, and the Gabrys family.”
Mr. Gabrys spent 42 years at Deloitte & Touche, retiring as a vice chairman in 2004. Following that, Mr. Gabrys served as the interim dean of the School of Business Administration of Wayne State University. He served on various other corporate boards, including CMS Energy, La-Z-Boy and Massey Energy. Mr. Gabrys was also active in the community and served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including among others, the Karmanos Cancer Institute, Alliance for Safer Streets in Detroit (Crime Stoppers), Detroit Regional Chamber, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Economic Growth Corp and the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund.
TriMas is a diversified global manufacturer and provider of products for customers in the consumer products, aerospace, industrial, petrochemical, and oil and gas end markets with approximately 4,000 dedicated employees in 16 countries. We provide customers with a wide range of innovative and quality product solutions through our market-leading businesses, which we report in three segments: Packaging, Aerospace and Specialty Products. The TriMas family of businesses has strong brand names in the markets served, and operates under a common set of values and strategic priorities under the TriMas Business Model. TriMas is publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “TRS,” and is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.trimascorp.com.