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.


Past Recipients

2019 — Norm and Kathleen Bartlett

Norm first joined ASIC in 1991, when he was co-owner and Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Data Industrial and soon became a well-known and respected member.  Norm subsequently founded Creative Sensor Technology in 2007, a Massachusetts based manufacturing company that makes flow measuring sensors and transmitters.  Throughout the years, Norm has also been a valued contributor to the ASIC educational sessions as a speaker and presenter.

Kathleen Bartlett was introduced to ASIC as an attendee at ASIC National meetings starting in 1998.  Kathleen quickly created a close network with many of the other spouses and developed particularly close relationships with Lissa Barrett, Debbie Scott, Roberta DiPiano, Lisa Hohl, Kathy Davis, and Linda Davis, among others.

At the 2004 National Conference in Newport Beach, California, ASIC was at a crossroads.  ASIC had parted ways with the management team at Publicis Dialog and was looking for a new management team that understood and reflected the values of the organization.  The current Board of Directors saw their ideal candidates and after some targeted persuasion, Norm and Kathleen began a seven-year stint of fulfilling the management duties of ASIC as its Executive Director team.

Norm and Kathleen were indeed the ideal choice.  They brought management skills; industry knowledge, integrity, and most of all, their warm and welcoming personalities.  The Bartletts proceeded to reach out to the members with sincere interest and care.  Under their watch, ASIC started the process of rebuilding relationships and guiding ASIC on the mission of having a positive and important impact on the industry.


2018 — Steve Hohl, FASIC

Steve Hohl’s contribution to the continued success of ASIC cannot be overstated.  Steve has the remarkable quality of finding consensus in a group, and of finding the right words to distill a wandering discussion.  He gives and receives the utmost professional respect in his interactions with others and always makes himself available—never saying no to another request for his time and valued input.

Steve has served on the Board of Directors since 2002—a total of sixteen continuous years, ten of those years as an officer.  He has served as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, President, and Past President, including one additional two-year term as Past President, sitting in for Ivy Munion.  In addition to his contribution on the Board of Directors, he has been and continues to be involved in countless committees including membership, certification, and annual conference planning.

Steve is Principal and Owner of Water Concern, LLC, in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.  Water Concern LLC was established in 2000, and currently has a staff of 7.  Their office is involved in large scale, high profile projects, primarily in Southern California.  Steve’s professional contribution to the industry was recognized in 2017 and was elected an ASIC Fellow, joining a prestigious group of irrigation design professionals.  In addition to Steve’s contributions to ASIC, Steve’s wife Lisa has been an active behind the scenes contributor to ASIC’s efforts and deserves recognition as well.  Lisa currently serves as office manager of Water Concern, LLC.


2017 — Daryl Green

If you participate in the California landscape, then you know Daryl Green.  He has an energy and tireless passion for the industry that is channeled through his goal to keep the industry unified through communication, education and awareness.  He has volunteered countless hours to both the Northern and Southern California chapters of American Society of Irrigation Consultants (ASIC).  He has served on ASIC SoCal Boards of Directors and chaired numerous fund raisers and technical meetings for countless years.

Green Product Sales was founded in 2005 by Daryl Green as a product representation and technical resources company that focuses on water related products designed for all aspects of the irrigation trade.  He represents multiple water management product lines and provides sales and support for his clients.  Products include pumping systems, irrigation control systems, injection systems and water reuse systems.  Prior to forming Green Product Sales, Daryl worked as District Manager for United Green Tech, Inc. and was the Landscape and Irrigation Coordinator for the planned community of Cota De Caza.  A graduate of California Polytechnic State University, he has used his degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Contracting to serve the industry with passion and expertize.


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 benefited 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.


2013 – James Barrett, FASIC

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