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John A. Lechner Award
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John A. Lechner Award

Sponsored by the Manufacturers and Associates Council (MAC), the Southwest Section John A. Lechner (pronounced LECK ner) Award of Excellence recognizes a Southwest Section Service Provider Member who has demonstrated exemplary service to the drinking water community and to AWWA’s mission and goals.  Service provider members include manufacturers, consultants, distributors, sales, contractors, contract operations of water utilities, and partner agencies. The name of the award is derived from John Lechner who was involved extensively in AWWA and was an advocate for the organization’s goals, During his career, he was instrumental in the transition from the Manufacturers Advisory Committee to the current Manufacturers/Associates Council as it is known today.  John’s service was recognized by his peers, in his election as the first Chair of this new council.  John set the standard for both the dedication and support that manufacturers and associates provide through service in the waterworks industry.

 Year Awarded                   Awardee and Home City,State  Conference City 
 2018 Ben Bridges, Downsville, LA Baton Rouge, LA
 2017 Larry Combs, Fort Smith, AR
Oklahoma City, OK
 2016 Newton White, Hot Springs, AR
Rogers, AR