Key Award

Like receiving the key to a city, the Key Award recognizes a WQA member for demonstrating the highest qualities of leadership within his or her company, industry and various associations, as well as local, civic, and community activities.

Nominations are closed for now but will reopen in the fall of 2021.

Previous Winners

1977 - W. Gordon Miller, Cleanwater Corp. of America, Culligan Water Conditioning - Marlette
1978 - Merrill R. Fie
1979 - Alan L. Reeh, EcoWater Systems
1980 - William B. Fritzsche
1981 - James A. Horner
1982 - Gerald T. Shannon, Gerald Shannon
1984 - Andrew J. Fleckenstein, Fleck Family Foundation
1985 - Thomas M. Uren
1986 - Duane D. Nowlin, Ph.D., Duane D. Nowlin - Consultant
1987 - Knox Williams
1988 - Thomas M. Uren
1989 - Jack Lorenzen, Quality Water Services, Inc.
1990 - Daniel W. McNew
1991 - Alan P. Sayler, Suncoast Water, Inc.
1992 - Irving M. Haug, I.M. Haug Company
1993 - Dick Grace
1993 - Joanne W. Grace
1994 - Fred M. Glines, Marlo, Inc.
1995 - J. Christopher Layton, Chris Layton Water Consulting
1996 - Wes McGowan
1997 - Curtis O. Abendroth, Abendroth Water Conditioning, Inc.
1998 - W. Dennis Gallifent
1999 - John Packard, Culligan Water Conditioning
2000 - Charles M. Couric
2001 - Orville Schaefer, Culligan Water Conditioning
2002 - Gary H. Kruse
2003 - James W. Baker, AMERIWATER, INC. 
2004 - Dennis Rupert, Rupert's Culligan Water Conditioning 
2005 - John G. Commers, Commers The Water Company
2006 - Rob Anderson, Superior Water & Air
2006 - Mark Lambourne, Superior Water & Air
2007 - C. R. Hall, Wichita Water Conditioning Inc. dba Hall's Culligan Water
2009 - Douglas S. Karge, Pentair Filtration, Inc. - Pentek
2010 - Gary L. Hatch, Ph.D., Hatch Global Consulting Services
2011 - Richard Mest, Master Water Conditioning Corp.
2012 - Jeffrey Hellenbrand, Hellenbrand Water Center
2013 - D. J. Shannahan, Jr., Shannahan Water Co., LLC dba Sharp Water Culligan
2014 - Keith Brown, Kinetico Incorporated
2015 - Cliff Fasnacht, Pacific Purification Inc.
2016 - Scott Clawson, Culligan International Company
2017 - Mike Mitchell, PUR Water Filtration Products (Kaz USA, Inc)
2018 - Michael J. Urbans, Urbans Aqua
2019 - Donald K. McGhee, Hydro Systems Inc.
2020 - Edward P. "Ted" Jones, MWS, Kinetico Corp.