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Member Awards

Parachute & Skydiving awards presented by PIA

The following awards have been created to recognize these contributions.

PIA Don Beck Memorial Achievement Award

Russ Gunby - 1981

Ken Coleman - 1982

Bill Booth - 1983

Bill Ottley - 1984

Don Beck (posthumously). - 1987

Ted Strong - 1989

Dan-San Abbott - 1990

Lowell Bachman - 1993

Helmut Cloth - 1999

Paul Thompson - 2001

Elek Puskas - 2003

Dan Poynter - 2005

Dave DeWolf - 2007

Floyd J. Smith, (posthumously) - 2009

Col. Joe W. Kittinger, Jr. - 2010

Leslie Irvin (posthumously) - 2011

Ralph (Rags) Raghanti - 2012

Domina Jalbert (posthumously) - 2014

Johnny Higgins - 2015

Bourdon Forge - 2016

Bill Coe - 2017

PIA Distinguished Leadership Award

Bob Sinclair - 2001

Erwin Weuster - 2003

Jean Beck - 2005

Sandy Reid - 2007

Bill Gerrow - 2009

Vinny Salatino - 2010

Cliff Schmucker - 2011

Dori Bachman - 2012

Manley Butler - 2016

Roger Walker - 2018

PIA Member of the Year

Mo Gionfriddo - 2003

Wendy Plummer Staley - 2005

Pat Wilson - 2007

Pat Thomas - 2008

Karen Dean - 2010

Casimer (Cas) Manczuk - 2011

Robert Feldman - 2014

PIA Mentor Award

Honorary Lifetime PIA Membership

PIA Roll of Honor

Jim Bates - 2007

Clarke Bourdon - 2007

Danny Page - 2007

Don Yahrling - 2007

Ian Bellis - 2007

Ellen Bussemaker - 2007

Richard Charter - 2007

Lowell Bachman - 2008

Don Beck - 2008

Patti Chernis - 2008

Shorty Janousek - 2008

Allen Levinson - 2008

Joe Smith - 2008

Gary Douris - 2010

Joe Andrzejewsk - 2010

Erwin Weuster - 2010

Ted Strong - 2011

Howard White - 2012

Cliff Schmucker - 2013

Mike Truffer - 2013

Dori Bachman - 2015

Dan Poynter - 2016

Lofty Thomas - 2017

Paul “Jyro” Martin - 2017

Marge Bates - 2018

Mike Fury - 2019

Dave DeWolf - 2019

PIA Officer Plaques

Certificates of Appreciation

Best Symposium Exhibit (Best Booth Award)

Para Sport Italia - 1993

Jump Shack - 1995

Rigging Innovations - 1997

Parachutes de France - 1999

Airtec - 2001

Aerodyne Research - 2003

Precision Aerodynamics - 2005

Sky Systems - 2007

CIMSA - 2008

Larsen & Brusgaard - 2009

Larsen & Brusgaard - 2011

Rigging Innovations & Systems Technology - 2013

Performance Designs, Inc. - 2015

United Parachute Technologies - 2017

Performance Designs, Inc. - 2019

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