I was surprised and honored to receive the George Warren Fuller Award at the recent Chesapeake Bay Tri-Association Conference in Ocean City. Tri-Con is a joint meeting of regional sections of the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, and the Waste Water Treatment Operators Association.
I was surprised, because I was attending the conference to accept an award on behalf of our Innovations Chief Sudhir Murthy, who was unable to attend due to a previously scheduled vacation. I was delighted to learn I had won the Fuller Award when all the past winners converged on my table and escorted me to the podium. The award is the AWWA’s top service award for innovation in technology, management and diplomacy in the water sector. It is named for George Fuller who was instrumental to the establishment of AWWA – the oldest water association in the United States.
I am humbled by the award and noted in my remarks that I feel like a coach receiving an award for a team’s success – with the acute recognition that I am not one of the players on the field for the game itself. It is only through the excellence of DC Water’s personnel – from the Executive Team to every man and woman at every level – that generates the positive energy, ideas and action that rebounds back to recognition for me.
I am also pleased to receive recognition from my colleagues in the business itself, for only those of us in the water world can really appreciate what the work demands. I thank the DC Water Board of Directors again for giving me the opportunity to be part of this great enterprise!