GAA ANNUAL AWARDS
Each year, the GAA awards and thanks people who have given extra time and energy to help our organization and the professionals and communities we serve. The following are our award categories.
Kim Coder Education Award
Awarded in recognition of lifetime achievement for a career of educational efforts. The person who receives it best demonstrates Dr. Coder's commitment to educate arborists and the public about trees and professional tree care.
2022: Dr. Jean Williams-Woodward, University of Georgia
2020: David Dechant, Arborguard
2019: Mary Lynne Beckley, Georgia Tree Council
2018: Chris Barneycastle, Barneycastle Forestry Services
2017: Joe Burgess
2016: Ed Macie
White Oak Award
This award is for demonstrated leadership, commitment, innovation, impact and sustainability in tree work.
2022: Logan House, Arbor Equity
2021: Greening Youth Foundation
2020: Shem Kendrick & Jeff Padgett, Coastal Arbor Care
Members of the Year
This award is presented to the individual who has shown the best support for GAA and all of its activities.
2022: Joan Scales;, Georgia Forestry Commission
Past winners: Ellen Bauske, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Program Coordinator, UGA Center for Urban Agriculture
Rolando Orellana, Urban Water Management Agent, University of Georgia, Urban Agriculture
GAA President Award
Awarded to the current President of the GAA for his/her efforts on behalf of the organization.2022: Brian Ziegler, Gunnison Tree Service
2021: Christie Bryant
2017: Chris Barneycastle
2016: Rusty Lee
Tree Climbing Championship Award
Awarded to the person responsible for planning and managing this high-visibility GAA event.
2022: Christie Bryant; Speaking for the Trees
2017: Mark Collins
2016: Eric Gansauer
GAA Arborist of the Year
Awarded to the arborist who has most supported the organization by being involved in many aspects
2021: Christie Bryant
2017: Josh Correll
2016: David Dechant
Company of the Year
Presented to the company which stands out in its support of and help with GAA activities during the year.
2022: New Urban Forestry
2016: Downey Tree Services, Inc.
Community Service Award
Awarded to a company or person who has best demonstrated their interest in community service, including in GAA service events,
during the year.
2022: Georgia Forestry Commission
2017: Dan Bauer, Arbor Equity
2016: Dan Bauer, Arbor Equity
Friend of GAA Award
Awarded to the person, company or organization that has gone out of their way to support arboriculture and/or the GAA and its educational goals.
2022: Neil Norton, Treeinspection.com
2020: Richie Braman, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Center for Urban Agriculture
Systems Administrator and Developer;
Husqvarna, David Breeden, Territory Manager-Metro Atlanta
2017: Mary Lynn Beckely, Georgia Urban Forest Council; Gretchen Musser, ARBORology, LLC; Drew Preston Georgia Forestry Commission
2016: Bob Delbridge; Georgia Forestry Commission
Presented to the company or individual in a company that initiates the most innovative safety practice or safety program.
2016: Boutte Tree, Inc.