Dave Landon, Vermeer Corporation manager of welding engineering, was recently honored with the Bob Vermeer Spirit of Caring Award. Landon is the sixth recipient of this award since its introduction in 2007, established to recognize team members who show exceptional caring for those around them.
“I was blown away and truly humbled by this honor,” said Landon.
Accompanying the award is a $2,500 financial contribution to be donated to the charitable organization of Landon’s choice. Landon has chosen to divide his donation into two endowments.
One portion of the fund will be donated to a scholarship sponsored by the Iowa 066 section of the American Welding Society.
“Dave is very involved in what he does. We are very thankful for his generous donation,” said section chairman Michael Byerly. Beginning in 2013, the local section will award an annual scholarship to a high school graduate or college student who is attending an accredited institution and pursuing a career in welding.
“We are really excited about this opportunity,” said section secretary Joseph Bailey, “we want to encourage young people in our area to consider professional careers in welding.”
The American Welding Society has agreed to match dollar-for-dollar the amount the local section can raise, doubling the funding.
“There is a need for welders and welding engineers in the manufacturing industry. We are ready to do what we can to encourage young people to study welding,” said Landon.
The remaining portion will go toward a professorship endowment fund with LeTourneau University, Landon’s alma mater. Landon graduated from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, in 1981 with a degree in Materials Joining and Welding Engineering. During his five years at LeTourneau, Landon studied and learned diligently under Professor Bill Kielhorn.
“Professor Kielhorn was the most humble man and looked for the good in anything and anyone,” said Landon.