In recognition of his years of service and leadership, the California Landscape Contractors Association has presented Eric Watanabe 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, Marianne Estournes was also presented with an Allegiance Award.
Eric has been involved with the San Fernando Valley chapter board of directors serving as Treasurer, Vice President of Events and two years as Chapter President in 2002 and 2003. He is a past CLCA state treasurer, a position he held for four years before serving as CLCA’s state president in 2012. Not one to rest when his state board service was complete, Eric is still an active leader in three chapters: San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles/San Gabriel Valley and Pacific Coast.
Eric currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for CLCA Insurance Solutions and has been on the board for four years. Blessed with a strong aptitude for numbers and finance, Eric has been a member of the CLCA Ways and Means Committee for over a dozen years and even served as chair for four of those.
Always one to look towards the future, Eric makes himself available to assist and mentor new CLCA members and emerging CLCA volunteer leaders. In 2017, he stepped up to help new leaders with the LA/San Gabriel Valley chapter.
When nominated, his peers had a lot to say but this quote sums it up:
”Eric Watanabe is a wonderful example of a committed and dedicated CLCA volunteer. He continues to serve on the Ways and Means Committee and has been instrumental in the transition to our CLCA wholly-owned insurance company. His leadership has benefited all CLCA members over many years.”
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.