Awards of Excellence

Each year the Alliance has the distinctive honor to recognize some of the best of the best in the water and wastewater industry. Awards are presented to individuals that have been nominated by their peers, coworkers, managers and/or board / council members during the luncheon held at our annual Spring Conference.


Award Nomination Form

Award Nomination Category Definitions

2018 Award Recipients

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The best of the best in the water and wastewater industry were honored at our 2018 Spring Conference. Recipients were recognized and presented with an award during the luncheon at the French Lick Resort. 

  • Wastewater Systems Operations Specialist of the Year
  • Water Systems Operations Specialist of the Year
  • Manager of the Year
  • Administrative Professional of the Year
  • Associate Member of the Year
  • President's Choice Award
  • Steward of the Environment Award

Kelly Clemons, City of Knox

Wastewater Systems Operations Specialist of the Year

Kelly has worked for the City of Knox since 1996, and was nominated by Todd Gardner. Todd says, “Kelly has been instrumental in getting old deep sewer mains lined - which has helped with infiltration of ground water into the system. She is a strong advocate for proper training and safety. Kelly goes above and beyond for her staff and her system every day and leads by example.”

Bill Stewart, South Harrison Water Corporation

Water Systems Operations Specialist of the Year

Bill was nominated by General Manager, Bruce Cunningham. Bruce says, “Bill is the most conscientious employee that I know and have known. He shows up to work every day. He sells back unused vacation at the end of every year. The few vacation days that he does take, he still monitors our SCADA system remotely for issues. Last year, Bill took vacation to go to Texas to see his son graduate from Air Force boot camp. I got a SCADA system alarm on my phone. By the time I drove to the office to check on the alarm, Bill was already taking care of it remotely with his laptop ..... from Texas .... while on vacation.”

Bruce Badger, Tell City Wastewater Treatment Plant

Manager of the Year

Bruce was nominated by Chris Toothman. Chris says, “Bruce has always made the community’s and environment’s needs a top priority, and has always handled political matters in a fair and honest way.” Bruce plans to retire next year after working for the City for 46 years!

Shannon Green, Pike Gibson Water

Administrative Professional of the Year

Shannon has worked for Pike Gibson Water since 2008. She was nominated by Julie Berry. Julie says, “Shannon goes above and beyond the normal duties of a rural water Office Manager. Her staff and board rely upon her as a problem solver. She always delivers.”

Utility Supply Company

Associate Member of the Year

This honor is presented to an associate member that has gone above and beyond for the Alliance. Utility Supply Company has been a regular contributor to Alliance Events over the years. In addition to sponsorships, Utility Supply Company regularly attends one day training sessions to network with utility attendees; and usually buy everyone lunch, too! Through sponsorships and regular attendance at our events, Utility Supply Company has capitalized on its relationship with the Alliance and has reaped the rewards of getting to know our member utilities better.

Adam Sams, LaGrange County Regional Utility District

President's Choice Award

This award is given to an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Sams was nominated by Patrick Wiltshire. Patrick says, “Adam has superior and exemplary management and technical leadership. He has diligently addressed employee morale and productivity, in turn developing a solid team under him. In addition he has led the development of a capital replacement and improvement plan impacting over half the district's assets, including both water and wastewater.”

Richard Burch, P.E., Midwestern Engineers, Inc.

Steward of the Environment Award

This award is named for James E. Burch, Co-founder of Midwestern Engineers, Inc. and exemplifies the message that Mr. Burch wants carried forward: “Take care of the environment and the environment will take care of you.” Indiana in general and specifically the communities where he has been personally involved, have benefitted greatly from his efforts to protect the watershed in these areas, but most importantly the future generations of these communities will forever be in debt to him for his long hours of service, individual guidance, personal sacrifice and the public scrutiny he has faced in doing so.


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