Wayne Gilbert, manager of Broadview Cooperative Gin, Firebaugh, Calif., is the California Cotton Ginners Association's (CCGA) 2007 ginner of the year, and Phillip Wakelyn of the National Cotton Council received CCGA's distinguished service award at the organization's annual meeting in Morro Bay.
Gilbert is a graduate of Chowchilla High School and has been around a cotton gin all his life. His father was a ginner and a superintendent at the old Red Top Gin near Dos Palos, Calif.
Gilbert joined Broadview in 1987 as superintendent and became the gin manager in 1995. He is currently vice chairman of the California ginners group. He also serves or has served on the association's Gin Waste Task Force, Environmental Committee, Elections Committee, Annual Meeting Committee, Ginners School Committee, and the Executive Committee.
Wakelyn was recognized for his expertise in representing the cotton industry on issues from bysinossis to aflatoxin, from PM10 and ozone to flammability, and from repetitive motion injuries to hazard communication.
Wakelyn began his career as a research chemist with the Dow Chemical Co. in 1963. He worked for Texas Tech in the early 1970s and joined the National Cotton Council in 1973.
He has authored or co-authored over 250 publications and currently is on the USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force, and the EPA Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. He has been a member of the USDA Multi-crop Aflatoxin Work Group since 1989. He is also a current member of the USA Technical Advisory Groups on ISO Standards for Environmental Management and for Textiles.