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John Lechner Award of Excellence
The Ohio MAC John Lechner Award of Excellence may be presented annually in honor of the achievements of John Lechner who served as the first Chair of the AWWA MAC Council, set the standard for dedication to AWWA and demonstrated the support that manufacturers can supply through service in the waterworks industry. The purpose of this award is to recognize volunteers for their outstanding service in the advancement of the MAC.
John Sadzewicz Award
To commemorate John J. Sadzewicz for his outstanding contributions to safe public health practices, encouraging the use of proven new technologies and promoting sound operational approaches in meeting regulatory requirements and ensuring safe, potable drinking water for the citizens of Ohio. Since John’s impact on the drinking water community was mainly as a member of the public regulatory sector, it is intended that consideration be given first to people whose career is in that area.
Keith Hunsberger Outstanding Customer Service Award
An award given in memory of Customer Service Committee Member, Keith Hunsberger, who died unexpectedly in the height of his career in Customer Service for the City of Columbus. Keith was not only active in Ohio AWWA Customer Service but also served on the AWWA National Customer Service Committee. Prior to his sudden passing in December 2008, Keith had been heavily involved with the planning of the National Customer Service Workshop held in Detroit. Keith will long be remembered for his tireless devotion and dedication to the development of customer service excellence and for his contributions to the success of these committees. Keith Hunsberger was well known for his Call Center Program, his sharing of unusual customer calls and his leadership conducting many Customer Service Roundtables at annual conferences and workshops.
Richard Melick Award for Education
The Richard F. Melick Award may be presented to a member of the Section who has distinguished himself/herself by giving unselfishly to the field of operator training and technical education through the Ohio EPA, Operator Training Committee of Ohio, Inc., and/or the American Water Works Association. Richard F. Melick was the 3rd Executive Director for Operator Training Committee of Ohio, Inc.
Operator Meritorius –Water Distribution Service
Operator Meritorius –Water Treatment Service