GAA ANNUAL AWARDS PROGRAM
Each year, the GAA awards and thanks people who have given extra time and energy to help our organization and the professionals and communities we serve. The following are our award categories.
Kim Coder Education Award
Awarded in recognition of lifetime achievement for a career of educational efforts. The person who receives it best demonstrates Dr. Coder's commitment to educate arborists and the public about trees and professional tree care.
2017 winner: Joe Burgess
2016 winner: Ed Macie
2015: Marcia Bansley, Trees Atlanta
2014: Nancy Beckemeyer
2013: Patrick Mawhinney, Prestige Shrub and Tree
2012: Peter Jenkins, TreeInspection.com
2011: Dale Higdon, Retired Georgia Forestry Commission/Consultant
2010: Spence Rosenfeld, Arborguard Tree Experts
2009: Gary Peiffer, DeKalb County Extension
2008 (no award given)
2007: Hugh Tyer, Arborist/Consultant
2006: Kim Coder, PhD, Warnell School of Forest Resources, UGA
GAA President AwardAwarded to the current President of the GAA for his/her efforts on behalf of the organization.
2017 recipient: Chris Barneycastle
2016 recipient: Rusty Lee
Tree Climbing Championship AwardAwarded to the person responsible for planning and managing this high-visibility GAA event.
2017 winner: Mark Collins
2016 winner: Eric Gansauer
GAA Arborist of the YearAwarded to the member who has most supported the organization by being involved in many aspects of our work and activities during the year.
2017 winner: Josh Correll
2016 winner: David Dechant
Company of the YearPresented to the company which stands out in its support of and help with GAA activities, during the year.
2017 winner: Davey Tree Experts
2016 winner: Downey Tree Services, Inc.
Community Service Award
Awarded to a company or person who has best demonstrated their interest in community service, including in GAA service events, during the year.
2017 winner: Dan Bauer
2016 winner: Dan Bauer
Friend of GAA Award
Awarded to the person, company or organization that has gone out of their way to support arboriculture and/or the GAA and its educational goals.2017 winners: Mary Lynn Beckely, Georgia Urban Forest Council; Gretchen Musser, ARBORology, LLC; Drew Preston Georgia Forestry Commission
2016 winners: Bob Delbridge
Georgia Forestry Commission
New category for 2016:
Commercial Arboriculture Safety Award
Presented to the company or individual in a company that initiates the most innovative safety practice or safety program.
2017 winner: Arborguard Tree Specialists
2016 winner: Boutte Tree, Inc.