In 2017, AAPN created the AAPN Industry Achievement Award. At this year's 2022 AAPN pro:Americas Annual Conference, we renamed the award the AAPN Walter T. Wilhelm Industry Achievement Award.
We do this to acknowledge the literal decades of leadership and wisdom from Walter's commitment to AAPN. In fact, in 2009, when AAPN's meetings lost direction, Walter convened a high level member conference to discuss this. The outcome was a decision to make our 2010 conference on sustainability. That meeting more than doubled the 2009 attendance, and every meeting since has grown or been near record setting.
On Monday, May 2, we presented the award of Ed Gribbin. Ed was president of the AAPN when the virus hit. As a consultant, he went to a dead stop. So, when we all decided to start making masks and gowns, Ed took charge.
The award comes with a puzzle globe which we now rename 'The Walter'.
The citation reads: In March 2020, when the virus hit, Ed created a database of over 1,000 producers and literally ran production of billions of masks and millions of gowns across the U.S. Ed was alone in this brilliant initiative and kept many thousands of people working.
This announcement was sent to the AAPN email listserv May 5, 2022. Ed Gribbin, Founder and CEO of Gribbin Strategic, is the Chairman of SPESA. Gribbin Strategic is a member of SPESA.