In 2010, the ARA Lifetime Achievement Award was renamed the Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement award to honor the memory ARA’s former President & CEO who passed away in July 2009. This award is the highest honor presented by ARA for a career in agricultural retail.
Each year, the award is presented to a single honoree based on the following criteria:
Individual whose talent has fundamentally advanced ag retail
- Individual who has made steadfast contributions to the association
- Individual whose accomplishments have been acknowledged by professional colleagues and his or her local community
- Individual whose work has stood the test of time
- Jim Thrift, Agricultural Retailer Association
- Al McQuinn, retired from Ag-Chem Equipment Company
- Bill Griffith, retired from American Cyanamid
- Jack Eberspacher, Past ARA President & CEO
- Ron & Eldon Stutsman, Neil Strong, Syngenta
2007 - Glen Brandt, Brandt Consolidated
2006 - Spencer Douglas, Douglas Fertilizer
2005 - DeWalt J Willard, Willard Agri-Service
2004 - Wendell Stratton, Stratton Seeds
2003 - Lloyd Burling, Il Assoc.
2002 - Lowell Downey, ADM
2001 - John Boyd, Morral Co.