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Tom Roche Lifetime Achievement Award

The Tom Roche Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual for their long-term commitment to the consulting engineering profession and to the community. Tom Roche was instrumental in establishing ACEC/MN. Not only was he a primary force behind the formation of ACEC, he was also instrumental in establishing chapters in other states. His passion for engineering was unparalleled, and his passion for ACEC was a close second, which is why we continue to bestow this career achievement award in his name.

John Dillingham of Alliant Engineering, Inc. was honored with this year’s Tom Roche Lifetime Achievement Award (pictured left with 2018-19 President, Dan Larson of American Engineering Testing, Inc.). This award is presented to an individual who has contributed a great deal during their career to the engineering profession, ACEC/MN, and the greater community.

John has been giving back for the past 30 years, with the last 24 growing his own engineering firm. For nearly a decade, he helped lead the association on ACEC/MN’s board of directors, concluding with the roles of President and National Director. John has been a regular presenter for the Emerging Leader’s Training and is an attendee of numerous ACEC/MN events, including the Annual Meeting, Fall Welcome & Expo, sporting events, PAC fundraisers, and leadership meetings. John also strongly encourages his employees to participate in events and serve on committees.

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John Dillingham (right) receiving the Tom Roche Cup from President, Dan Larson

Tom Roche Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

1975   Wally Bruch
1976   Doug Wolfangle
1977   Gordon Moore
1978   Jack Braun
1979   Bob Rosene
1980   Dave Conkey
1981   Bob Michaud
1982   Skip McCombs
1983   Max Oftedal
1984   Bill Schoell
1985   Jack Nagel

1986   Bob McFarlin
1987   Glenn Gausman
1988   Chuck Britzius
1989   Earl Oxley
1990   Leif Ericksen
1991   Jim Tillitt
1992   Chuck Barger
1993   Jim Orr
1994   Duane Prew
1995   Dag Knudsen
1996   Chuck Ballou

1997   Cam Kruse
1998   Bill Sayre
1999   Harvey Harvala
2000   Jim Keller
2001   Wally Ouse
2002   Ken Adolf
2003   Dwight Benoy
2004   Shirley Walker Stinson
2005   Lane Hersey
2006   Joe Hallberg
2007   Dick Sobiech

2008   Terry Swor
2009   Jeff Coleman
2010   Bill Bennett
2011   George Kluempke
2012   Randy Geerdes
2013   Douglas Cooley
2014   Robert Struve
2015   John Smith
2016   Glenn Schreiner
2017   Randy Morris
2018   Gene Sieve
2019  John Dillingham