PSAI recognizes industry professionals

PSAI recognizes industry professionals
Nancy Gump, left, and Barry Gump present the M.Z. Andy Gump Award to Gregg DeLong. (Photos courtesy of PSAI)

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At its annual convention and trade show earlier this month in San Diego, the Portable Sanitation Association International presented the Service Technician of the Year Award and the M.Z. Andy Gump Award.

“These are highly prestigious awards with a long history of excellence,” says PSAI president Jeff Wigley.  

Service Technician of the Year Award winner Dave Garcia works for On Site Sanitation in St. Paul, Minn. Company owner Karen Holm recommended Garcia for the award. “We are truly blessed to have many exceptional employees at On Site but Dave Garcia raises that bar just a little bit higher each and every day,” she says.

The application process for the Service Technician of the Year Award includes a letter of recommendation from the company owner as well as letters from customers. Applications go through a committee that votes to determine the winner and runner-up.

First presented in 1993, the M.Z. Andy Gump Lifetime Achievement Award is given to distinguished leaders of the industry. It is presented and sponsored by the Gump family, in honor of company founder, Andy Gump. Barry Gump and Nancy Gump now run Andy Gump, Inc.

M.Z. Andy Gump Award winner Gregg DeLong has been in the portable sanitation industry for 50 years, and has worked as a sales manager at PolyJohn Enterprises since 1987. The Gump family praises DeLong’s work for the industry. “DeLong always conducts business and personal relationships with fairness and integrity,” says Barry. “He is constantly striving to improve our industry image in the business and public sectors, and continues to introduce innovative approaches to portable sanitation needs.

“He is untiring in leading colleagues in the advancement of the portable sanitation industry, while always exhibiting vision in responding to the economic and environmental challenges facing our industry.”

In addition to the awards, PSAI celebrated its 40-year anniversary by presenting three honorary memberships to industry pioneers. “Our board of directors just came up with that category for people still involved with the association,” says Wigley. “Technically to be a member before the bylaw change you had to own your own portable restroom company, which these guys did for eons.”

Honorary member recipients include Flay Anthony, Lothar Vermillion and Ned Carpenter. All three are previous winners of the Andy Gump Award.

The awards and honorable memberships are earned rather than given. PSAI recognizes portable sanitation professionals for their hard work. “For service technicians, it’s a difficult, sometimes thankless job,” says Wigley. “The award is something for people to strive for.”


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