The MRTF Distinguished Service Award

  David George, 2017 Distinguished Service Award Recepient

The MRTF Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor given by the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation. It is awarded to individuals who have given of them selves through the years for the betterment of the Turfgrass Industry. The giving by these individuals has been in many different forms. Some have used their leadership abilities to serve on the MRTF Board of Directors and steer the Foundation through the changes needed to meet the future. Others have donated their time to work with students and help train them to be future turf industry leaders. Others have worked an entire career dedicated to serving those in the turf industry.

Following are past recipients of the Distinguished Service Award:
  • Joe Cravens, 1990
  • Marvin Phillips, 1991
  • Don Fassnacht, 1993
  • William H. Daniel, 1994
  • Tom Zimmerman, 1995
  • Don Scott, 1996
  • Clark Throssell, 1996
  • Bob Shaw, 1997
  • James Kenney, 1998
  • Steve Frazier, 1999
  • Jon Fuller, 2000
  • Dudley Smith, 2001
  • Dan Gamble, 2002
  • Gwen Daniel, 2003
  • Stan Morris, 2004
  • John Morris, 2005
  • John Turner, 2006
  • Allen Wehr, 2007
  • Randy Bellinger, 2008
  • Randy Brehmer, 2009
  • Zac Reicher, 2010
  • Gary Shetler, 2011
  • Steve Christie, 2012
  • Bob Avenius, 2013
  • Bob Brame, 2014
  • Tim Gibb, 2015
  • Dan Weisenberger, 2016
  • David George, 2017