PGMS Announces 2014 Professional Award Winners

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) honored several grounds professionals with numerous awards as part of their annual Awards Dinner that took place Friday, Oct. 24 during the 2014 School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO held in Louisville, Ky.

DavisAwardwebDavid Davis, CGM (pictured right in photo) of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. received the PGMS Special Award of Distinguished Service.  The Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding service from a board or committee member. While all board and committee members are hardworking and committed to our growth and success, this award is given to acknowledge outstanding service for an individual that goes above and beyond. Davis was honored for organizing a community service event at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, a landmark in Winston-Salem, N.C. that had fallen into disrepair and needed help. The event had over 200 volunteers that came out to give their service to help cleanup much of the 13 acre site. The volunteers included local residents, PGMS members and students from area colleges, such as Winston-Salem State University and Wake Forest University. Volunteers did a variety of tasks including: picking up litter, removing and loading brush and wood, using wheel barrows, shoveling, raking, sowing grass, spreading straw and removing English Ivy from the base of trees.

ToroAwardwebPGMS recognized The Toro Company with the PGMS Gold Medal Award. The PGMS Gold Medal is given to an individual or entity to recognize them for outstanding and long-term achievements and/or contributions to the green industry. Toro was recognized for their long term support of the overall green industry and PGMS as they have been a Platinum Partner in Professionalism for the past few years. In August of this year, they hosted PGMS for their Summer Regional Seminar and Site Visit event, providing attendees with a dynamic, behind the scenes tour of their headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as highly informative education sessions. Lastly, they were honored for their innovative products and services they have given to the industry for the past 100 years. Receiving the award on behalf of Toro was Paula Sliefert (pictured right in photo), senior marketing manager for Toro and the PGMS supplier member rep on the Board of Directors.

Each year the PGMS President is asked to give a President’s Award to a member or members they feel have shown outstanding service and contributions to the Society. This year Past President Walt Bonvell, CGM honored two professionals with this award.

Mark Feist of American University in Washington, D.C. received one of the PGMS President’s Awards. He was honored for his dedication and countless hours in developing and working with the School of Grounds Management. He was also honored for his many years of presenting the Green Star Awards at the annual PGMS banquet that takes place as part of the annual School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO.

DoironAwardwebJohn Doiron (pictured left in photo) of Concord Hospital in Concord, N.H. received the other PGMS President’s Award. He was honored for his hard work in planning the PGMS Spring Regional Seminar and Site visit that took place this past March in Orlando, Fla. Putting this event together outside of his home state proved to be a difficult task, but one that John stepped up to the plate for and produced a highly successful event. John was also commended for his efforts in traveling to NYC for the first branch development meeting for the Northeast New Jersey and New York City PGMS Branch. Lastly, John was honored for his dedication to the growth of PGMS and his efforts in bringing in PGMS Partners in Professionalism.