Tamas (Tom) Tanto has been named recipient of American Society of Irrigation Consultants’ Roy Williams Memorial Award. The award is given annually to a person or organization who has shown outstanding achievement or made significant contribution to the irrigation industry.
Tanto will be presented the award at the ASIC National Conference in Santa Fe, N.M., on May 7, 2019. Tanto is a well-known figure in the golf industry. After emigrating to the United States from Hungary after World War II, Tanto earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Shortly after graduation and working for the Dravo Corporation, he was introduced to the world of golf course construction. A few years later, in 1969, he started his own golf course construction company Tanto Construction and Supply.
The company thrived under Tanto’s leadership; a period spanning 32 years. His reputation in the industry was based on honesty, quality work and customer service. The company eventually focused on irrigation installation for both new construction and existing golf courses, working under the company name Tanto Irrigation. Tanto Irrigation installed irrigation systems on numerous private and public courses, including work on multiple facilities considered among the nation’s best.
In the East and Midwest, irrigation consulting was still an emerging industry in the 1980s and 1990s. Tanto was an early friend and advocate of the profession. He recognized and appreciated the value a professional irrigation consultant brought to a project and understood and respected the divergent roles played by the irrigation consultant and contractor.
Now retired, Tanto still attends meetings and conferences to stay connected with people in the industry. In addition to the ASIC Roy Williams Award, he was recently awarded the GCSAA Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the industry.