James Gartland Memorial Award

The James Gartland Memorial Award honors the memory of the founder of the Rental Equipment Register and the long-time friend of the California Rental Association.
James Gartland helped recognize many "Rentalmen 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.

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 award was renamed The James Gartland Award in 1980.
Listed below are recipients:

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


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 3 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.