The Irrigation Association’s (IA’s) industry development director, Brent Mecham, CID, CLWM, CIC, CLIA, CAIS, has been selected as recipient of the American Society of Irrigation Consultant’s (ASIC’s) Roy Williams Memorial Award. The award is given annually to a person or organization who has shown outstanding achievement or made significant contributions to the irrigation industry. Mecham will be presented the award on March 6 during the ASIC National Conference in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Mecham has left an indelible imprint on the irrigation industry in numerous ways, especially through his work on the front lines in the development of standards and codes that affect irrigation products and practices. In the announcement of the award, the ASIC captured what makes him valuable in this role, “An affable person by nature, Brent enjoys interacting with others and has become the respected face and voice at the negotiation table, adeptly representing the irrigation industry interests.”
Mecham has been a regular presenter at ASIC National Conferences, sharing information with irrigation design professionals from across the country about upcoming industry codes and standards and future trends. He also serves as a perennial presenter and IA class instructor and helped author many of the IA’s study guides and other educational materials, including the authoritative Irrigation, Sixth Edition. Mecham was also the backbone of the writing team that produced the widely respected IA/ASIC Landscape Irrigation Best Management Practices.
According to incoming ASIC Vice President and Awards Chair, Stacy Gardner, “The Awards Committee overwhelmingly supported Brent’s nomination for the Roy Williams Award in recognition of his years of dedicated service to the irrigation industry. Brent has worked tirelessly for the last decade and longer to protect the interests of irrigation contractors, consultants, distributors and manufacturers. His work on standards and codes has resulted in a balanced approach to outdoor water use and potential restrictions.”