Sam Tobey Lifetime Achievement Award

The Sam Tobey Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual whose long-term support of the Society’s principles and whose efforts to promote the goals of the Society are deserving of special recognition by his or her peers.

Originally the award was named the ASIC Lifetime Achievement Award but was renamed in honor of Sam Tobey – the 2000 recipient of the award who passed away in February of 2002. Any member of the Society may submit nominations for this award.

 The Sam Tobey Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the 2017 National Conference in Seattle, Washington in April.

Past Recipients


2015 — Linda Davis


Linda Davis used her vast hospitality knowledge and networks to help manage successful ASIC educational conferences for more than 10 years – first as an employee with Rain Bird and later as a volunteer after retiring from Rain Bird. Linda joined Rain Bird in 1996 as corporate event planner, developing, planning and managing contractor, specifier and distributor events and trade shows.

Her talent and experience planning events across the U.S. have greatly benefitted the Society, making ASIC conferences more appealing, affordable and accessible, while enabling Society officers to concentrate on critical educational components of the conferences.

2014 — Lynda Wightman


Irrigation and Green Industry champion Lynda Wightman is director of Industry Relations for Hunter Industries. Lynda has worked for Hunter since 1984, has held positions in sales, education and training. In her current position, Wightman assists with Hunter’s efforts worldwide in specification, education and allied association representation. She is involved in numerous industry associations including ASIC, STMA, NALP, ASLA, Irrigation Foundation, IA, CLCA, NIAAA, NRPA, ASBA, EEBA and more.

Lynda’s leadership in advocating for professional, responsible resource management has included volunteer and board positions with ASIC for more than 30 years. Lynda has been generous with her unlimited energy and expertise – not only to ASIC, but the irrigation and green industries in general. Lynda is currently serving on the Board of Directors.

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2013 — James Barrett, FASIC


Irrigation Consultant Jim Barrett, FASIC, President of James Barrett Associates LLC, (JBA) is a Past President of ASIC and is currently serving on the Certification Committee, Awards Committee and Fellowship Nominee Committee. He has contributed to the irrigation industry and ASIC at many levels with his time and energy. Jim is a former member of the IA Board of Directors, plus served on its history, bylaws, standards and technical committees. Jim’s service to the industry through leadership, publishing and training seminars has raised awareness and respect for the entire profession of irrigation consulting. Jim has always exemplified the spirit of irrigation consulting with his professionalism, personal integrity and service to his clients.

2010–David D. Pagano, FASIC
2009–Richard W. Smith, FASIC
2008–Russ Mitchell, FASIC
2007–Joe DiPiano
2006–Vince Nolletti
2005–Richard Einfeldt
2004–VIT Products
2003–Chet and Wanda Sarsfield
2002–Marsha Prillwitz
2001–Orlando D. DiRienzo
2000–Sam Tobey
1997–Richard Choate
1996–Austin Miller, FASIC
1984–Bob Cloud