The Drinkwater Community Leadership Award reminds us that many people knew Herb Drinkwater, often referred to as “Mr. Scottsdale”. No matter who he was speaking with, he had a wide smile, a warm demeanor, a friendly handshake and a gusto for life as extraordinary as an Arizona sunrise. The Honorable Herb Drinkwater was fearless. Business cards in hand, he was always willing to introduce Scottsdale to people who may be interested or willing to move their business to Scottsdale; he served more than 25 years as Scottsdale’s Mayor and as a City Council member. Herb is remembered as a friend to everyone; as mayor his approval rating was more than 90%! It is because of Herb’s on-purpose living and positive intent for the community he loved, that Scottsdale Leadership honors a community leader with the Drinkwater Award each year.
Nominations are based on contributions in:
- Community Service and Involvement: A record of community service which demonstrates commitment to Scottsdale Leadership’s core values: Engagement – Inclusion – Connection – Courage – Stewardship.
- Leadership: Recognition by others as a leader. Accomplishment of significant goals through the person’s leadership.
- Consistency of Community Involvement: Contributions have been consistent over an extended period of time.
- Humanitarian Values: The nominee exemplifies warmth, caring and concern for those of varying backgrounds and constituencies, and can work well with different groups of people.
Please note: Scottsdale Leadership alumni are not eligible for this award.
Drinkwater Leadership Award Recipients
2017- Charlie Smith
2016 – Tom Sadvary
2015 – The Honorable Mary Manross
2014 – Bill Schrader
2013 – Gary Shapiro
2012 – Mary King
2011 – Rachel Sacco
2010 – Betty Drake
2009 – Marc Miller
2008 – William “Bill” Soderquist
2007 – Tim Bray
2006 – William “Bill” Mack
2005 – Sam Campana
2004 – Don Ruff
2003 – Paul R. Messinger
2002 – William “Bill” Jenkins
2001 – Marion Saba
2000 – Frances Young
1999 – Art DeCabooter, Ph. D.
1998 – Jim Bruner