In recognition of her years of service and leadership, the California Landscape Contractors Association has presented Marianne Estournes 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 January 30.
During the conference, Eric Watanabe was also presented with an Allegiance Award.
Estournes served for many a year on the Board of Directors of the CLCA Women's Auxiliary, providing crucial "behind the scenes" support for the association's conventions and summer meetings.
For the past few years, she has been a steadfast volunteer at CLCA's Nor Cal Landscape and Nursery Show, held in San Mateo each February.
She also has dedicated many years to our LEAF scholarship foundation as a board trustee. She currently serves as the chair of the LEAF scholarship selection committee. She has also been a constant promoter of LEAF, especially for her North Coast Chapter
In nominating her, her peers said: "She has a deep passion for helping students interested in a green industry profession. She has done all of this while not being in the landscape industry. She has supported and encouraged involvement of her husband and his business partner in their efforts in CLCA."
Only 29 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.