American Society of Irrigation Consultant advocate and volunteer Linda Davis, event planner for Rain Bird Corporation, will be awarded the American Society of Irrigation Consultants 2015 Sam Tobey Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s annual conference April 25-27 in Minneapolis, MN.

Davis has used her vast hospitality knowledge and networks to help manage successful ASIC educational conferences for more than 10 years – first as an employee with Rain Bird and later as a volunteer after retiring from Rain Bird. Davis joined Rain Bird in 1996 as corporate event planner, developing, planning and managing contractor, specifier and distributor events and trade shows. She also planned and executed special events, including large customer fetes with Rain Bird’s Tournament of Roses Parade entry.

The Sam Tobey Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual or individuals whose long term support of the Society’s principles and whose efforts to promote the goals of the Society are deserving of special recognition by his or her peers.
Dr. Stephen W. Smith, FASIC, CLIA, CAIS, will be awarded the American Society of Irrigation Consultants Roy Williams Memorial Award at the conference.

Owner of Wade Water LLC and Buena Vida Farm in Fort Collins, CO, Smith continues to offer water resource and management consulting services. Specialties include irrigation and water rights engineering, irrigation automation and control (SCADA), and canal modernization.

Smith has 40 years of experience in irrigation engineering and water resources, beginning with the launch of Aqua Engineering, Inc. in 1975. Aqua Engineering was originally created to provide highly specialized irrigation engineering services to a clientele that includes municipal and state agencies, universities and private developers. Prior to 1975, his work on the Colorado State University research faculty included irrigation research and evaluation of irrigation technologies.

He has been an active professional member and past national president of ASIC, and is a Society Fellow. Smith also has served on the Irrigation Association board of directors and as president in 2009. He holds three degrees in Agricultural Engineering from Colorado State University and New Mexico
State University.