Atlantic-OASE Professional Conference Award Winners

Published on February 25, 2022

Josiah Crousore, Specialty Water Gardens, is Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor (APC) of the Year.

The 2021 Atlantic-OASE Professional Conference was held virtually Dec. 2, 2021, with more than 150 attendees via Zoom. At the end of the conference, the year’s awards were given out to three noteworthy recipients.

APC of the Year

The Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor (APC) of the Year is awarded to those who exemplify the finest attributes in our field: the creation of top-quality water features, a dedication to the industry and a helpful attitude toward fellow contractors. Josiah Crousore of Specialty Water Gardens and Landscapes of Columbia, Missouri, embodies everything we look for in an APC. 

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Since 2007, Specialty Water Gardens and Landscapes has offered the highest-quality ponds, waterfalls, fountains, landscape and waterscape design, installation and upkeep in the greater area. Recently, Crousore and his wife Anne added a pond supply retail location that they run together, and it has earned stellar reviews from their customers. In addition to an admirable and impressive body of work, Crousore is always sharing his knowledge with fellow contractors, making videos and tutorials with tips and techniques on building water features. 

President’s Award

Landon Malave, President’s Award.

This year’s President’s Award went to Landon Malave of LCM Landscape and Design. Malave always pushes the limits in his water-feature creations. With years of study and practice under his belt, he has trained to create some outrageous faux rock features, but he’s equally at home with the natural rock that abounds in his Colorado stomping grounds. His video work is as exceptional as his innovative designs, sharing his work far and wide across the internet. 

An avid family man, he is also currently training the next generation of innovative water feature artists — his two talented entrepreneurial daughters. 

Monster Award

Joe Adams, Pond Butler.

Finally, Lloyd Lightsey, the Pond Monster himself, presented the Monster Award, recognizing those who have gone above and beyond, who have given back to those around them, and who have made a difference in their community. Lightsey was the first recipient of the award, which was named after him for his and his wife Karrie’s contributions in the fight against cancer. He presented this year’s Monster Award posthumously to Joe Adams of the Pond Butler in recognition of his huge impact on the many who knew, respected and loved him.

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