Dana Lonn of The Toro Company Wins 2012 Edwin Budding Award
The International Golf Course Equipment Managers Association (IGCEMA) is pleased to announce Dana Lonn, P.E., is the recipient of the 2012 IGCEMA Edwin Budding Award, sponsored by Ransomes-Jacobsen.
The IGCEMA introduced The Edwin Budding Award in 2007 to honor technicians in the golf sector who have made a major contribution to our industry. After contacting all the Manufacturers and asking many industry leaders for names of these types of people, only one came to mind: Edwin Budding was a pioneer who invented the reel mower in 1832, as well as the adjustable spanner/crescent wrench. Edwin was an engineer who thought ‘outside the box’ and created the machine that came to define our industry and which remains a constant to this day.
Dana Lonn Receives Edwin Budding Award
2012 award winner Dana Lonn is Managing Director, Center for Advanced Turf Technology (CATT) at The Toro Company. The CATT team was established in 1998 to develop innovative solutions to customer problems, and environmentally-friendly technologies for customers in the professional turf markets including golf, sports fields, grounds and landscape maintenance. The group’s mission is to work with customers, academic leaders and industry experts to develop solutions that could emerge as breakthrough products. CATT has been influential in the following areas: Water management, Alternative fuels and Labor Productivity. Dana has worked on a wide variety of Toro commercial, residential and irrigation products. Dana is an inventor, and presently holds 10 US patents.
IGCEMA President John Patterson stated: "Dana Lonn is a forward-thinking engineer whose work has led directly to better quality and serviceability of the machines many of us use every day. A worthy recipient of the Edwin Budding Award, Dana is a dedicated and brilliant mind working in the turf care equipment industry."
Dana has been instrumental in the development of many products and features used today in the turf care industry. One feature being electronic control and diagnostics, a standard fitment taken for granted by many of today’s young technicians.