Lone Star Award

Since 1980, the Lone Star Award is presented each year at the Annual Convention to an individual who has made a notable contribution to the grain, flour or feed industry. This outstanding contribution to the industry may be one of scientific achievement, marketing, engineering, transportation, management and other aspects of the industry. The list of these recipients is literally a “Who’s Who” of the grain, flour and feed industry.

 

2022 Lone Star Award Winner 
Donald Gilbert
Imperial Sugar - Sugar Land

Past TGFA Chairman Donald Gilbert, of Imperial Sugar, has been working in the agriculture industry his whole life. Don grew up in Dublin, Texas on a peanut and dairy farm. He was driving tractors and pickups in the fields before he could even reach the pedals. Don worked a wide array of jobs in his younger years including milking cows, plowing, planting, harvesting and even working in the chicken houses at his uncle’s farm. Don is a graduate of Dublin High School and continued his education at Tarleton State University. Don has worked with various companies in the industry including Gore Bros. Inc., Gorman Milling, and his family owned peanut mill in Dublin. Don has been with Imperial Sugar Company since 1996 and has worked with them in various departments including marketing, purchasing, logistics, and contract negotiations. In his spare time Don enjoys raising cattle and spending time with his wife, Phyllis, their 4 children, and 10 grandchildren. 


Past Award Recipients
2021 Michael Allen
2020 Wiley Sides
2019 Ronnie Felderhoff
2018 John P. Long
2017 Larry Bulaich
2016 Ben Boerner, CAE
2015 Jerry Stephenson
2014 Jack Goldfield
2013 George Ferguson
2012 Tony Zaweski
2011 Owen Lafferty
2010 Sam Attebury
2009 Jimmy Roppolo
2008 Fred Bruegel
2007 Bennie Curtiss
2006 Fred Bursey, Jr.
2005 Will Dalton
2004 James Rotramel
2003 Jack Hamil
2002 Bill Riffe
2001 Guy Brady, Jr.

2000 Robert Fowler
1999 Presley Duke
1998 Bill Nelson
1997 Carol G. Mathews
1996 Ben E. Schmitt
1995 Rep. David Swinford
1994 Charles V. Griffin, Jr.
1993 Renford H. Austin
1992 John H. Jarrell
1991 Frank Bailey, III
1990 Raymond R. Nolen, CAE
1989 Robert L. Parker
1988 Dean Rea
1987 Gabe D. Anderson, Jr.
1986 Frank Bailey, Jr.
1985 Ben M. Ferguson
1984 Robert H. Davis
1983 Randolph P. Moore
1982 Truitt Kennedy
1981 Madison Clement
1980 Bob Wendland

 


 

Do you know someone who exemplifies service and has helped shaped the grain and feed industry in Texas? If so, we would like to know more! Contact the TGFA office to nominate an individual for the TGFA Lone Star Award.