If you want help select and recognize the best among us, this may be the committee for you. For 18 years, the Annual APWA Best Awards luncheon recognizes individuals, groups and projects that are outstanding in the prior year. 30 to 35 separate awards are presented to agencies, public works leaders, as well as elected officials. The categories include top leader and emerging leader in both the public and private sectors, and top elected leader as well as best project awards for: buildings; facilities; creative & innovative; drainage, water & wastewater; recreational and athletic facilities; stormwater; traffic, mobility and beautification; and transportation projects. These project awards are separated by the size of the public entity where they occurred.
A group of volunteers with various backgrounds review over 70 applications on a yearly basis to determine the recipients of the awards. The BEST awards luncheon provides great networking opportunities and the occasion to see outlines of some of the most successful projects and people from throughout Southern California.
The committee itself is currently comprised of 10 members that are acknowledged leaders within Public Works. The current committee members are Shahn Ahmad, Tony Antich, Sean Crumby, Rudy Emami, Francesca Fuentes, Noe Negrete, Bonnie Teaford, Kristina Toan and Angela von Slomski who are guided and led by Committee Chairman Patrick Somerville.
This Committee creates awards that are acknowledged and given at an annual luncheon organized by the Programs Committee with nearly 400 industry members in attendance. The Awards Committee is enjoyable as you have opportunities to interface with many various people, and it allows you to develop relationships with key chapter leaders. The Committee is always looking for new members to make this annual event successful, so come get involved as the committee works to promote interaction, networking and recognizing those unique projects and people that make our infrastructure work for our citizens.
If you want to be part of analyzing all types of projects and people as well as experience the enjoyment of being part of a team to acknowledge success in our industry, join this group! The effort is essentially limited to just a couple months of time during the application period in September and October. For any information on this committee contact Patrick Somerville, PE via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.