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Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award

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
Johnny Council with Grow West as the 2020 ARA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

2020 ARA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

ARA honored Johnny Council with Grow West with the ARA Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award in a video during the virtual 2020 ARA Conference & Expo. The 2020 award ceremony looked a bit differently with the virtual ARA Conference & Expo, but the excitement was the same. Learn more about his achievements in the video below and in news release.

News Release

Past Recipients

2019 - Ron Farrell, Farrell Growth Group (news release)
2018 - Larry Yargus, Yargus Manufacturing
2017 - William "Tip" O'Neill, International Raw Materials
2016 - Dave Downey, Purdue University
2015 - Richard Gearheard, Agrium Retail
2014 - Jon Nienas, Monsanto
2013 - Ford B. West, TFI
2012 - Jim Thrift, Agricultural Retailers Association 
2011 - Al McQuinn, retired from Ag-Chem Equipment Company
2010 - Bill Griffith, retired from American Cyanamid
2009 - Jack Eberspacher, Past ARA President & CEO
2008 - 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.