Gartland/Blackwell Memorial Award

This annual award honors the memories of two individuals who have contributed to the success of CRA and whose memories will not be forgotten. James Gartland was the founder of the industry publication Rental Equipment Register (RER).  Each year he would help recognize the "Rentalman of the Year" and the CRA continues that tradition by acknowledging men and women who embody the qualities Jim himself demonstrated - respect, vision and leadership.
 
Dale Blackwell served CRA as President and Executive Director.  He was the owner of Aba Daba Rents. With Dale’s exceptional leadership, personal integrity and positive attitude CRA continues to be an influential organization in the rental industry. His positive personality perpetuated the rental industry and helped to promote the high professional standards found in the rental industry.

The Rental Man of the Year Award was presented from 1964-1979.
Recipients were:

1964 - Joe Ewing 1970 - Ross Neesley 1976 - Ron Irvin
1965 - Bob Irving 1971 - Eilen & Harry Clason 1977 - Ted - de Vries
1966 - Jack Decker 1972 - Bill Cushing 1978 - Dale Muesborn
1967 - Bob Grasse 1973 - Jack Wanamaker 1979 - Chuck Aarons
1968 - Sam Greenburg 1974 - Palmer Grasse  
1969 - Bill Grasse 1975 - Bill Berman  

The James Gartland Award was presented from 1980-2019.
Recipients were:

1980 - Joe Novak 1993 - Linda Bradley 2007 - Brian Maginnis
1981 - Joe Doran 1994 - Dale Blackwell 2010 - Vicky Blackwell
1982 - Howard Burnett 1995 - Tim Novoselski 2011 - Jim Woodward
1983 - Joe Wiest 1996 - Tony Beringer 2012 - Jim Jenkins
1984 - Dick Hill 1997 - Bob DuBose 2013 - Robert Pedersen
1985 - Bud Loeber 1998 - Dennis Turner 2014 - David Dworschak
1986 - June Harvey 1999 - Irving Levine 2015 - Patricia Sarris
1987 - Tom Carolan 2000 - Irwin R. Scott 2016 - Richard Briggs
1988 - Lynn Talbot 2001 - Chuck Maltese 2017 - Doug Strom
1989 - Bob Phares 2002 - Les Chayo 2018 - Alex DuBose
1990 - Bill Bryant 2003 - Larry Pedersen 2019 - Jeff Roberts
1991 - Paul Powers 2004 - Russ Meek  
1992 - Van Dossey 2005 - Dennis Wells  
 

The James Gartland Award was change to The Gartland/Blackwell Memorial Award in 2021.
Recipients were:

2021 - Mitch Guiterezz    
     


About CRA

The California Rental Association (CRA), located in Sacramento, CA, is a nonprofit trade association representing the equipment and party rental industry since 1946.

CRA is governed by a Board of Directors composed of a 17 rental center members plus 5 Associate members.

Our member-led committees are charged with acting in the best interests of the association and shaping CRA’s programs and policy proposals.

The association staff is directed in these efforts by the Executive Director.