Henry Buder Wins Allegiance Award, CLCA's Top Honor

CLCA 2015 Allegiance Award winner Henry Buder (center) with 2014 recipients Dave Norred (left)
and Pete Dufau

In recognition of his years of service and leadership, the California Landscape Contractors Association has presented Henry Buder with its Allegiance Award, the association's most prestigious honor.

The award, which is given only to a green industry professional who has been a member of the association for a minimum of 15 years and who has had a significant effect on the industry, was presented during the association's annual Leadership Conference in Ontario February 2.

Buder, of Henry Buder's Landscape Restoration of Mill Valley, joined CLCA in 1983 and quickly pitched in as a volunteer on both the chapter and state level. He is an active and respected member of the North Coast Chapter, where he has served in many capacities including Vice President and local certification chair. He stepped up to serve as chapter president three times: 1988, 2001-2002 and 2016.

"As if volunteering in his own chapter wasn’t enough," 2104 Allegiance Award winner Pete Dufau said as he presented the award, "Henry volunteers his time to assist other chapters, including multiple stints as a judge for their individual chapter awards programs."

"But perhaps more than all of this, Henry's dedication to the Landscape Industry Certified Technician program is incredible, remarkable and truly inspirational," Dufau said. "His passion towards the certification committee and exam goes well beyond the 'line of duty.' Henry regularly attends the Landscape Industry Show and staffs the certification table to promote the benefits of being a certified professional. Henry regularly serves as a proctor for the written exam and helps others in the profession train and prepare for the exam. He attends both the North and South “hands on” exams every year. And, along with Charles Nunley, Henry’s 30 years of dedication to the program means he has easily earned the right to be known as 'the heart and soul' of CLCA's efforts with regards to the certification program."

Only 27 individuals have received the Allegiance Award. Nominations are accepted from the association's executive director, board of directors, chapter presidents and past Allegiance Award recipients. The Allegiance Committee, which is comprised of past award recipients and CLCA presidents, selects the recipients from the submitted nominations.