Turfgrass Producers International recognized several deserving individuals during the association’s 2017 International Education Conference & Field Day. Among those honored during TPI’s 50th Anniversary Banquet at the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, FL were:
Dr. Clint Waltz, University of Georgia and Dr. William Meyer, Rutgers, University were both the proud recipients of TPI’s Turfgrass Educator Award of Excellence. They were both recognized for their contribution to TPI and its members in addressing turfgrass questions and concerns and for their involvement in research and/or programs that help to promote the benefits of turfgrass and build awareness.
Michelle Williams of SiteOne Landscape Supply was both honored and surprised when it was announced that she was the recipient of TPI’s Distinguished Service Award. Williams was honored for her commitment and dedication to the association and the green industry for well over a quarter of a century.
Ken Ensor, inventor of the Donkey Forklift and founder of Quality Corporation was the recipient of the Innovator of the Year Award.
Ray Weekley of Chantilly Turf Farm received TPI’s Honorary Member Award. In presenting the award to Weekley, TPI’s President, Linda Bradley commented, “Ray is an innovator, an entrepreneur and a visionary in the turfgrass industry.”
Bob Weerts of Blue Valley Sod was the surprised recipient of the President’s Leadership Award in recognition of his steadfast commitment, dedication and contribution to TPI for more than three decades. Upon presenting the award, Bradley commented, “The President’s Leadership award is given to someone who has shown exemplary dedication and performance to TPI, an ambassador. Ambassador is defined as someone who represents goodwill, is diplomatic, superbly engaging, can easily relate to others, maintains high standards for the betterment of all. As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary we want to honor Bob Weerts, who truly exemplifies Leadership.”