Point #60: President’s Award Winner: Steve Joyner

Steve Joyner

One of the things I looked forward to most when I first took my leadership position with the organization was that I would have the pleasure of presenting the President’s Award. As a prior recipient (in 2006), I knew what a great honor it was to receive this recognition. I began to consider a deserving candidate. One name stuck with me: Steve Joyner, my esteemed colleague and friend. Mr. Joyner is a long-time, major contributor to the APP mission of disseminating safe piercing information. He has served admirably as an advocate and representative of our industry for many years and in numerous situations. He’s been a body piercer for a quarter century, and a member of the APP for sixteen of those years. Steve has been a mentor to many and often has worked behind the scenes. His presence and expertise has proved instrumental in many situations. As an instructor, he’s taught classes about suspension and body piercing at APP Conferences, BMXnet (in Germany), and other conferences throughout the world. He’s also founder, director, and executive producer of the suspension performance troupe, Constructs of Ritual Evolution (CoRE). I had the pleasure of serving with him for a three-year term on the Board of Directors when he was vice president of the organization. He founded the Legislation Committee during that term. He has continued to serve on that committee, and on both the Membership Committee and the Executive Committee. In working with legislation, he has helped with body art regulations for at least twenty-five states and five different countries. More recently, he’s been involved in assisting the legislators and Health Departments in California on the regulations for that state. Congratulations to the 2012 recipient of the President’s Award, Mr. Steve Joyner, and thank you for your dedicated service!

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