Norm and Kathleen Bartlett honored at ASIC Conference

The Sam Tobey Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals who promote the goals of the society.


ROCHESTER, Mass. –  At the 2019 ASIC Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the American Society of Irrigation Consultants presented their Lifetime Achievement Award to Norman and Kathleen Bartlett.    

The Sam Tobey Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual whose long-term support of the society’s principles and whose efforts to promote the goals of the society are deserving of special recognition by his or her peers. Originally, the award was named the ASIC Lifetime Achievement Award but was renamed in honor of Sam Tobey – the 2000 recipient of the award who passed away in February of 2002. Any member of the Society may submit nominations for this award.

Norman first joined ASIC in 1991 as an industry associate member when he was co-owner and vice president of sales and marketing at Data Industrial Corporation. Throughout the years, Norm has served on the board of directors and participates in educational sessions as a speaker and presenter.

In 2004, ASIC was looking for a new management team that understood and reflected the values of the organization. ASIC leadership knew Norm had recently sold Data Industrial and actively recruited he and his wife Kathleen to manage the organization. They assumed the management responsibilities in late 2005 and directed the organization for the next seven years. 

"We want to thank Norm and Kathleen for their many years of dedication to ASIC, and to the industry they have impacted in so many ways. We are better because of them," said former ASIC president Corbin Schneider during the recent awards presentation.

Norm left the executive director position after founding Creative Sensor Technology, a Massachusetts-based manufacturing company that makes flow measurement sensors and transmitters, but remains active in ASIC.