RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) celebrated 25 years as the leading advocate for the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industries during its annual meeting held in Orlando during the last week of September.

A highlight of the three-day event was RISE’s silver anniversary reception and dinner celebrating a quarter-century of industry advocacy. Thirteen past chairs of the RISE Governing Board attended along with the association’s two presidents .

During the meeting, RISE Governing Board members and officers were elected, Josh Weeks was awarded the E. Allen James Leadership Award and advocates working in Montgomery County, Md. received the Grassroots Excellence Award.

During the meeting, RISE Governing Board members were elected including Donald Chew of PBI-Gordon and Johnathan Sweat of BASF Corporation.

“The RISE Governing Board sets the direction of the association and provides guidance and strategic thinking for issue management,” said RISE Governing Board Chairman Dan Stahl. “The Board was instrumental in implementing our new five-year strategic plan developed last year. This year’s Board plans to continue our focus on advocacy and community building.”

At the meeting, Josh Weeks, president of Joshua H. Weeks Consulting, LLC. and retired vice president of Bayer CropScience, was honored with the 2015 E. Allen James (EAJ) Leadership Award. The award is RISE’s most distinguished volunteer honor recognizes exemplary leadership and outstanding contributions to the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industry and to RISE.