volunteer service awards

Each year, ALCC recognizes special industry members who go beyond ‘normal’ volunteer service. You may nominate someone worthy of this prestigious award by submitting the completed form to info@alcc.com. The award nomination deadline is December 1 of each year, and award recipients are honored in the spring of the following year at the awards event.

To submit a nominee for an award, click the name of the award to access the online nomination form below. You may also download a form in Word format for printing.

Bob Cannon Lifetime Achievement Award     

John Garvey Person of the Year Award

Outlook Award for Emerging Leaders

Stanley J. Brown Associate Member Distinguished Service Award

Bill CaryBob Cannon Lifetime Achievement Award

The Bob Cannon Award is ALCC's version of the "Lifetime Achievement Award."  Established in 1978, it honors individuals for their longtime service, commitment, loyalty, dedication and contribution to the landscape industry and ALCC.  This is someone who is recognized as having improved the professional image of the landscape industry.  Download and print a nomination form.

The current Bob Cannon Lifetime Achievement Award honors Bill Cary, an educator at Pickens Technical College, and Kristen Fefes, CAE, former ALCC Executive Director. 

Cary has taught horticulture at Pickens Technical College in Aurora for 25 years. He has been instrumental in developing industry certification programs that emphasize professionalism and helped launch the ALCC’s Landscape Career Pathways Program, which equips high school students for landscape careers upon graduation. 

Cary retires from Pickens Technical College in May 2017.

Kristen Fefes, CAE, who served as ALCC’s executive director for 18 years, received a 2017 Bob Cannon Lifetime Achievement Award.  Fefes guided the association through the major drought of 2002/2003.  She worked with industry leaders, water providers and members to ensure the landscape industry was part of the solution.  Other key issues Fefes spearheaded included updates of the GreenCO Best Management Practices – and helping to establish the BMP Training/Testing program. She also worked on various legislative issues including maintaining the H-2B visa program.

She was the recipient of the 2015 Lawn and Landscapes Leadership Award and the 2016 American Society of Association Executives Award. 


See past Cannon Award recipients


Michael WomochilJohn Garvey Person of the Year Award

Established in 1997, the Garvey award is ALCC’s “Person of the Year.” It was named after John Garvey, CLT, in honor of his contributions and leadership in building the permanent CLT test site in time for the 1997 certification test. Amid a myriad of challenges, he set a new standard for service to ALCC.  Download and print a nomination form.

This year, the John Garvey Person of the Year Award honors Michael Womochil of Colorado Community College System.

Womochil helped ALCC launch its Landscape Career Pathways Program in 2014. The program was created in response to a shortage of skilled workers in the landscape industry. Through a partnership with Colorado Community College System, ALCC offers Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers hands-on training in basic landscape skills so they can apply these lessons in the classroom. The program provides skills needed for students to be hired directly out of high school and begin upwardly mobile careers. Womochil worked with ALCC volunteers to create four landscape industry career paths and execute the training program. 

See past Garvey Award recipients  

Matt HinerOutlook Award for Emerging Leaders

The Outlook award represents “up and comers” in the landscape industry and ALCC and who are not yet 40 years old. He/she must make a significant contribution to the industry, his/or company and/or ALCC, in a volunteer or leadership capacity.  The Outlook recipient is thought to have a bright future in the industry and ALCC. Download and print a nomination form.

The current Outlook Emerging Leader Award recognizes Matt Hiner of Hiner Landscapes in Colorado Springs.

Hiner possesses a “pay it forward attitude” by being actively involved in ALCC’s Southern Chapter in Colorado Springs and its Day of Service program. 

Hiner managed the 2016 Day of Service project at Harrison School District Two, and oversaw the construction of outdoor learning labs (workstations) where students learn basic landscape skills that enable them to begin a career in the landscape industry right out of high school.

The landscape industry gives Hiner a chance to be innovative and creative. “My favorite project of all time was a 400-square-foot back yard where we met the client’s entire wish list.”

See past Outlook Award recipients 

Dave NelsonStanley J. Brown Associate Member Distinguished Service Award

Established in 2008, the Brown award is presented to an individual associate member who has helped make the industry more professional, or promoted professionalism to the public and other industry stakeholders, has held a variety of volunteer positions in ALCC, is known for outstanding association service and the contribution of ideas, programs, and/or educational endeavors and who has been a loyal supporter of ALCC and Colorado’s landscape industry.  Download and print a nomination form.

This year, the Stanley Brown Associate Member Distinguished Service Award honors the late Dave Nelson of CPS Distributors, Inc.

In presenting the award, Fefes spoke of the award’s namesake, Stan Brown, and his use of the word “fellowship” to describe how Colorado’s green industry interacts and feels about one another. Those close ties bring people together and unite them as a company or as an industry.

“Dave is one of our suppliers whose presence created solidarity, partnership and camaraderie within the landscape industry,” noted Fefes.

In addition to his work at CPS, Nelson served the industry with involvement in ALCC’s Southern Chapter. In 2000, he served as president of the state board of directors.

See past Brown Award recipients

Are you an ALCC member who wants to get involved? Complete and submit the Volunteer Sign Up form today!  

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