PGMS Establishes E. Earl Wilson Award

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) has established a new award to honor E. Earl Wilson, a past president of PGMS and one of the most influential individuals responsible for the creation of the Green Industry Expo (GIE).

“PGMS shall consider the E. Earl Wilson Award to be its highest honor,” said Todd Cochran, CGM, president of PGMS and the assistant county park superintendent for Bergen County, N.J., Department of Parks. It will be presented as deemed appropriate for outstanding and sustained service and dedication to the Society and the Green Industry as a whole, and will be given for the first time during ceremonies at this year’s PGMS School of Grounds Management which is held in conjunction with the GIE in Charlotte, N.C., November 3-7.

In creating the E. Earl Wilson Award, PGMS elected to revamp its previously considered highest honor, the Gold Medal. Now, instead of presenting the Gold Metal as deemed appropriate, PGMS will present the award each year to an individual or entity to recognize them for outstanding and long-term achievements and/or contributions to the Green Industry. During the ceremonies at the School of Grounds Management, PGMS will honor George Toma with the Gold Medal.

PGMS will continue to present its President’s Award to outstanding Society volunteers as well as its Green Star Awards that recognize excellence in grounds management.

For further information on PGMS or the School of Grounds Management at the 2004 GIE in Charlotte, visit

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