Mark S. Walsh was comptroller of National Stone Association producer member Rein, Shultz and Dahl of Illinois and an active member of the Young Leaders (YL) Steering Committee. He was an energetic and enthusiastic supporter of the mission, purpose and activities of YL. In the two years that Mark served on the Steering Committee, he offered sage advice and unique insights on exactly what the focus and purpose of the YL should be for new young executives in the aggregates industry, like himself. Mark passed away from leukemia in 1999 at 37 years old.
In memory of Mark’s leadership and commitment to the Young Leaders, YL initiated the Mark S. Walsh Annual Leadership Award to be given to the one individual that, according to the award:
“exemplifies the leadership traits of professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment and whose efforts in improving and developing the image and programs of the Young Leaders are in keeping with the example set forth by the honoree of this award.”
In our industry, we make our mark through the quality of our work, the honesty of our actions, and the integrity of our word. Mark S. Walsh led his personal and professional life by these ideals. Each year, this award is given to an aggregates industry member who embodies these qualities through their career and involvement with YL.
To nominate a peer for the 2021 Mark S. Walsh Award, please fill out the form below and submit it by April 5, 2021:
Previous Mark S. Walsh Award Recipients
1999 – Tom Vierheller, Maryland
2001 – Graham Hardwick, CSR America, Inc.
2002 – William Sandbrook, Oldcastle Materials
2003 – Paul C. Mellott, Jr., H.B. Mellott Estate
2005 – Robert Bartlett, Former NSA President
2007 – Richard Blake, Metso Minerals
2008 – Charles Luck IV, Luck Stone Corporation
2009 – Henry “Ric” Suzio, York Hill Trap Rock Quarry Company
2010 – Rodney Marchand, ORICA USA Inc.
2011 – Sean McLanahan, McLanahan Corporation
2012 – Thomas Herschbach, Teichert Aggregates
2013 – Chris Upp, Conco Quarries, Inc.
2014 – Matt Stoneburner, Emerson Industrial Automation
2015 – Dennis Coker, Natural Resource Partners L.P.
2016 – Rod Martin, Martin Stone Quarries, Inc.
2017 – Joel Galassini, CEMEX
2018 – Josh Swank, Philippi-Hagenbuch
2019 – Brian Mahavier, U.S. Concrete
2020 – Not awarded due to pandemic