At its 2008 Annual Meeting in Branson, Missouri, ECOS recognized Ron Hammerschmidt with an ECOS Founders Award for his contributions to the organization. Ron Hammerschmidt, former Director of Environment at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment was active in ECOS from its earliest days. During his membership in ECOS Ron served in every leadership position including serving as its President from 2002 to 2003 and as ECOS Past-President for three terms. Additionally, Ron served as Chair of the ECOS Waste Committee, Chair of the Quicksilver Caucus and President of ERIS. During a time of significant transition and commissioner turnover, Ron was a steadying influence for the organization. Ron possesses a rare combination of extraordinary technical and policy expertise and many state commissioners relied and continue to rely on Ron’s excellent counsel regarding issues in their own states.