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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

2021 ARA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

ARA honored Alex McGregor of The McGregor Company with the ARA Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award in front of more than 600 industry professionals during the 2021 ARA Conference & Expo. Learn more about his achievements in the news release below.

News Release

Past Recipients

  • 2020 - Johnny Council, Grow West (news release) Watch Video
  • 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.
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2021 ARA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Alex McGregor takes the stage at ARA's Conference & Expo.