NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, U.S. — Allan Tedrow, McCormick Construction, received the Corbett award at the 2019 Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) Exchange in New Orleans. The award is the highest honor for GEAPS associate members.

Tedrow started in the industry in 1982. He joined GEAPS in 1999 and is an active member in his chapter. He first ran for the Associates Board of Directors in 2002 and served on the Associates Board for five years.

“Wow, as a sales guy, it is not very often that I am speechless, but this award leaves me with few words,” Tedrow said.  “I am truly humbled to receive this award and am honored to be in a group of very distinguished recipients. I would like to thank my employer, McCormick Construction, for allowing me to participate on the education committee for some many years. They have been truly supportive of continuing the education into the industry.”

GEAPS noted that throughout his time in the organization, Tedrow has been a tireless recruiter and has a reputation for not only recruiting new members, but for also getting them involved in GEAPS so they in turn become advocates. He also has a reputation for connecting members and solving problems.

Tedrow served on the GEAPS Exchange education programming committee from 2002 until 2018, including two years as chair. He also helped initiate the interactive education Pods in the Expo Hall.

“I believe strongly in further education, whether that is hands-on training at a facility, our distance education or the sessions at Exchange,” Tedrow said. “We should never stop learning and the GEAPS organization facilitates that education opportunity.”

The Corbett Award is named in honor of the late John Corbett, Kansas City Chapter, who served three years as Associates Board president from 1980 to 1983. He was the first honoree in 1987.

GEAPS Exchange 2019 drew 2,836 attendees from 19 countries to learn about the latest products and innovations in the grain handling and processing operations industry. The technical conference and exposition included a trade show with 407 exhibitors in 290,000 square feet of exhibit space, and over 30 hours of education in a variety of formats.