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NSSGA Names Barry K. Wendt Award Winner

George Sidney, immediate past chairman of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s (NSSGA) Manufacturers & Services Division, named Tony Basolo, 1997 chairman of the National Stone Association and former president of Dolese Bros. Co., as the recipient of the 15th annual Barry K. Wendt Memorial Commitment Award for his dedication to the construction aggregates industry, his family and his community.

Basolo joined Dolese Bros., Oklahoma City, Okla., in 1972 and served as the company’s president for the last nine years of his career until his retirement in February 2010. His leadership enabled his company, his employees and his customers to grow and prosper in Oklahoma and the surrounding areas, and made a positive contribution to many professionals and organizations.

According to Paul Mellott, past chairman of NSSGA, current chairman of ROCKPAC, and 2006 recipient of the Wendt Commitment Award, “I was a close friend of Barry Wendt and would offer that Tony shares many of the same values with Barry, which include integrity, respect for people, commitment to excellence, and a dedicated effort to make the world a better place. Barry Wendt would be proud to have Tony Basolo as the 2012 recipient of his memorial award.”

Basolo’s service as chairman of the National Stone Association in 1997 was instrumental not only in establishing the merger with the National Aggregate Association, but also in the hiring and mentoring of Jennifer Joy (Wilson) Pinniger, NSSGA’s president and CEO.

“Tony personifies all that’s excellent about the aggregates industry,” said Mellott. “His decades of service to Dolese Brothers and to NSSGA have been exemplary, and we have all benefited from his guidance and good judgment. This recognition by his peers is a fitting tribute to his many accomplishments.”

Basolo served on NSSGA’s Nominating Committee, Small Producers Council and Board of Directors. He was the first vice chairman and treasurer of the Rocks Build American Foundation, established in 1998 to support the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History’s Rocks Gallery and to promote knowledge of, and public interest in, the aggregates industry.

He has been married for more than 50 years to his wife, Judy, and is deeply dedicated to his daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren.

The award is named for Iowan Barry K. Wendt (1946-97), a Cedarapids, Inc., employee and industry leader who was universally recognized as a leader in the aggregates industry. He served as chairman of the Manufacturers Division of both the former National Aggregates Association and National Stone Association. Each year, the Memorial Commitment Award goes to an individual who exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment demonstrated by Wendt. It is the association’s highest individual honor and service award.