Hall Of Fame Inductees
The individuals nominated should have made a significant impact or positive influence that assures the future of our industry in the lives of generations to come.
Once nominated, an individual’s biography and photo are updated on the site, and he or she is placed in the polls for voting. At the end of the year the committee takes into consideration the votes and decides which candidates are inducted.
- Person with integrity and passion
- Minimum 20 years in industry
- Someone who has developed or invented new technology
- Has made contributions that resulted in change
- Contributed to mankind’s needs in his field
- Provided education and encouragement with self-sacrifice
- Changed the industry
Founder / Owner d.d. Pagano, Inc.
Dave Pagano started his "irrigation career" in the summer of 1957. After starting college in the fall of 1956, following graduation from Anaheim High School, Dave learned quickly that he needed to find a job to help cover living expenses. So, he went to work for the City of Anaheim Parks and Recreation Department as a draftsman working under the City’s Park Development Coordinator, Dick Kamphefner. Anaheim was just starting to design and develop new parks within the City and Mr. Kamphefner told Dave that it would be his responsibility to design the irrigation system for one of the new park sites.
After leaving the City in 1961, Dave transitioned to a new job as an irrigation designer for Nees Turf Supply Company, where his designs were provided to customers for free. Providing free irrigation designs was the norm for this time period in the irrigation industry. While at Nees Turf Supply, Dave moved from irrigation designer, to inside sales representative, to outside sales representative and over the course of six years, he worked closely with and for irrigation equipment manufacturers and distributors. Dave also had the opportunity to work with George Moody. George developed one of the first automatic sprinkler controllers in 1927.