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August 2004

SWANA Chooses Professional Achievement Award Winners

Silver Spring, MD— The Executive Committee of SWANA’s International Board recently named several individuals to receive the association’s Professional Achievement Awards.

SWANA’s awards program was established over a decade ago to recognize individual achievement and commitment to the Association and its goals as well as to the advancement of economically and environmentally sound management of solid waste.  Descriptions of each award can be found in the ‘Innovate’ section of SWANA’s website at www.SWANA.org.

SWANA Executive Director and CEO John Skinner, Ph.D., commented on this year’s honorees: “This year’s award winners are individuals who have displayed, throughout their careers, extraordinary dedication to their field and our Association.  Each has gone above and beyond the call of duty in their daily work.  I am honored to welcome this group into the distinguished ranks of past professional achievement award recipients.”

The winners will be honored during a luncheon at WASTECON 2004 in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 23.  The list of awardees follows:

Professional Achievement Award, Public Member:
John B. Abernethy, manager of solid waste operations, Sacramento County Department of Public Works, Sacramento, California.
Professional Achievement Award, Retired Member, two awards:
•Paul Smilanich, superintendent solid waste collection (retired), City of Sacramento, California.
•Pete Chavez, solid waste management director (retired), City of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Professional Achievement Award, Life Member:
Jack Friedline, development services manager, City of Mesa, Mesa, Arizona
Robert L. Lawrence Distinguished Service Award:
J. David Myers, general manager, Monterey Regional Waste Management District, Marina, California.
Life Member Award:
Paul Stoller, vice president, Camp Dresser & McKee Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Honorary Member Award:
William (Bill) W. Hinkley, bureau chief, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste, Tallahassee, Florida.

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