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TPI awards individuals during conference

April 7, 2017

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 on February 22 at the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, Fla., were:

Dr. William Meyer expresses his gratitude to TPI’s President, Linda Bradley, the board of trustees and all TPI members for being honored.

Dr. Clint Waltz accepts award from Linda Moyer, chair of TPI’s PR Working Group as TPI’s president, Linda Bradley looks on.

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 looks on as Nancy Aerni presents her with TPI’s Distinguished Service Award.

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 was greeted by a standing ovation from attendees after receiving his award.

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 shares a few fond memories with the audience.

Ray Weekley of Chantilly Turf Farm received TPI’s Honorary Member Award.

“Ray is an innovator, an entrepreneur and a visionary in the turfgrass industry,” said TPI President Linda Bradley.

Bob Weerts, recipient of the President’s Leadership Award expressed his surprise and sincere appreciation to Bradley and those in attendance.

Bob Weerts of Blue Valley Sod was the recipient of the President’s Leadership Award in recognition of his steadfast commitment, dedication and contribution to TPI for more than three decades.

“The President’s Leadership award is given to someone who has shown exemplary dedication and performance to TPI, an ambassador,” said Bradley. “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.”

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