Denne Goldstein, publisher of Irrigation & Green Industry magazine, was the 2002 recipient of the prestigious "Meridian Award." The Meridian Award is the top honor presented to landscape professionals by the Orange County/Long Beach Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association. Goldstein began his career in the turfgrass industry 40 years ago. In 1968, he started a lawn care company and was one of the first in Southern California to take and pass the Pest Control Advisor's exam. He obtained his C-27 state landscape license in the early '70s.
ln L977, Goldstein launched his first magazine, followed by four other green industry publications. His was the first magazine to feature irrigation, and to promote Xeriscape after it was conceived in Orange County, California, in the mid '80s. He also helped start the Landscape Industry Show, held each year in Long Beach, California. In 1995, Goldstein and his son, Ira, launched the first irrigation and green industry website, Irrigation & Green Industry Network (www.igin.com) which now has more than 5,500 pages of databases and information. In 1998, he and his family introduced the first issue of .Irn gation & Green Industry magazine. Goldstein is an outspoken proponent of professionalism in the gxeen industry. He has been instrumental in providing the means to promote, educate and inform landscape contractors through his publication.
It is with great sadness that we offer a fond farewell to our friend and colleague, David Wayne Witzke (1939-2008). On Saturday, September 6, 2008, our industry suffered a staggering loss as Dave’s battle with cancer ended.
A longstanding irrigation industry veteran with over 50 years of experience, Dave will be whole-heartedly missed. During his 20 years with Ewing, his work ethic and character were simply unmatched. A fountain of wisdom widely celebrated for his vast product knowledge, Dave honored life’s simplicities and cultivated deep relationships. The dedication he demonstrated toward his family, work, friends and colleagues exuded a level of inspiration that we can only hope to achieve in our own lives.
Dave began his career at a plumbing supply company based in Redding, Calif., before shifting to American Brass and Iron Foundry (AB&I). In 1967, the Witzke family moved to Fremont, Calif., where Dave embarked on a six-year stint serving as a purchasing agent for Automatic Rain. Later he joined the Ewing family, where he served as branch administrator with oversight of sales and operations for Ewing’s first three stores.
Chasing the vision of opening his own business, Dave left his position at Ewing to co-found KKW, Inc., a firm specializing in manufacturer representation. In the early 90’s, Ken Wisz, Dean Cummings and Dave Cummings would purchase KKW, Inc., renaming it RepCor—which is still thriving today.
After testing the waters of retirement and deciding the idle life did not suit his assiduous work ethic, Dave returned to Ewing. Back at the helm as purchasing agent and technical services expert, Dave remained intensely focused for the remainder of his career on helping Ewing branch managers and sales staff serve their customers better. Widely respected for his extensive knowledge in the areas of technical specifications, product lines and obscure parts, Dave—affectionately dubbed the “99 king” by his peers—was the absolute “go-to-guy” for all-things irrigation related.
Gus Campbell Fleming (1964-2008). Gus has had an impact on all who had the opportunity to cross his path and will be greatly missed by the world. Gus was a 20-year Hunter employee who worked in the distribution center and later moved to sales. About three years ago Gus was diagnosed with A.L.S. (Lou Gherig's disease). Gus never lost his sense of humor, and, as he always did, faced the new challenges of each day with great strength and dignity.
Gus and his family thank all of you who helped out over the past three years. From the remodeling of his house, sharing lunch or other meals, to transportation, and everything else, the show of support from his friends helped Gus and the family make it through this time.
Gus has three children: Baylee, 16; Sage, 14; and Bryce, 10. One of Gus's biggest concerns about his affliction was the welfare of his children.
President and Operations Manager of STAY GREEN INC since 1970, Rich Angelo has achieved prominence in the landscape maintenance field, and is the former President of The California Landscape Contractors Association. The many associations he has made throughout the years offers him and STAY GREEN INC’s clients, a wealth of resources.
Prior to 1970, he worked in all areas of the horticultural industry including nursery production, landscape management, green-industry sales, corporate management, purchasing, supervision, marketing and advertising.
Rich Angelo graduated from Pierce College with an AA in Ornamental Horticulture, and currently sits on the Board of Trustees of Cal Poly Pomona. He holds a C- 27 contractor license along with Pest Control Advisors and Applicators licenses and is a Certified Arborist.
“I continue to be determined to learn through research that is available in the ever expanding field of Landscape Maintenance, installation and pest control.”