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Awards of Excellence in Power Sweeping

Awards of Excellence in Sweeping

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Award of Excellence

As the founder and editor of American Sweeper magazine, in 1995 our editor, Ranger Kidwell-Ross, began the tradition of recognizing outstanding individuals in the sweeping industry. Through the intervening years the honor, called the Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping, has become the top distinction in the world of power sweeping.

Says Kidwell-Ross, "The World Sweeper / World Sweeping Association Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping continues a tradition I began in 1995. This was spurred because I had won, the previous year, a national APEX Award for Publication Excellence for my American Sweeper magazine. This motivated me to start a similar award for the power sweeping industry. Through the intervening years the Award has been received by a notable 'Who's Who' list of dedicated, involved companies and individuals in the power sweeping industry. The Award qualifications, which include more than just success in the sweeping industry, encompass time devoted to building professionalism in the industry and in assisting others involved in sweeping."

In 2005, American Sweeper magazine transitioned into this website, which resumed this tradition." This is the place on the expansive WorldSweeper website where you may read about the current recipient of this special Award, as well as information about other winners in past years. Starting with the 2014 presentation, the Award has also been co-sponsored by the World Sweeping Association.

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Michael Nawa, longtime owner of Custom Maintenance, Inc., is the Winner of the 2018
Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping

Ranger Kidwell-Ross and Michael Nawa

At the National Pavement Exposition, held in Nashville in February of 2018, the Sweeping Association Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping was awarded to Michael Nawa, who was on hand to accept the Award.

Presentation of the 2018
Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping


The wording of the actual presentation by Ranger Kidwell-Ross at the 2018 NPE Sweepers' Roundtable are shown below. This includes an overview of how Nawa got his start and his involvement in the power sweeping industry, for which he won this year's WorldSweeper/World Sweeping Association Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping. We also offer a more complete profile of the organization Nawa ran until he sold it in September of 2017, Custom Maintenance, Inc., at this link. The article is a feature story WorldSweeper did on Custom Maintenance in 2012.

The winner of this year's / World Sweeping Association Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping graduated from high school in 1975. Having no desire to go to college, a year later – armed with about $5000 in capital from his father – he founded a fledgling company with the intent of providing landscaping services to his local business community.

Two years later, in 1978, he purchased his first sweeper. It was a used Schwarze Mini-American model. This was a round tank, two-yard, machine on 1/2 ton Chevy chassis. The Mini-American had dutch double doors in the back and did not dump except via shoveling. The sweeper was outfitted with a hand-crank winch to raise and lower the sweeping head and had no gutter broom or similar.

Michael Nawa in 1982 He initially purchased the Mini-American in order to clean up grass from his landscaping operation. At the time, the sweeper was about $27,000 new; as a two-year-old machine he paid $7500 for it. However, the sweeper came with two small shopping center accounts.

In the intervening four decades, he grew his business into one of the largest operations in his Pennsylvania marketing area. He credits his success with being a good salesperson, as well as from taking care of his customers very well. To quote: "You can always hire a good manager but you won't have any accounts if you can't sell and then service them."

Michael Nawa also has served on the Board of Directors at the National Pavement Exposition, has been a Board Member for NAPSA and currently serves on the Board of the World Sweeping Association, where he is also Founding Member.

In September of 2017 Nawa sold his company, today called Custom Maintenance, after 40 years of being in the sweeping, landscaping and exterior maintenance business. It is with great pleasure that we present the 2018 World Sweeping Association/ Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping to Michael Nawa.

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Some Previous Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping Winners

Winner for 2016, Larry Dyck, founder of MASCO Sweepers.

Winner for 2015, Les Huliscko, founder of SweepRite Sweepers.

Winner for 2010, Allan Heydorn, editor of PAVEMENT Maintenance & Reconstruction Magazine.

Winner for 2009, South Carolina-based Dale McCaskill and his company, Southco Sweeping.

Winner for 2008, Seattle-based Davidson-Macri Sweeping and SweeperMarket Magazine.

First Award Winner, Gabriel Vitale, owner of C and L Sweeping in New Jersey.

Winner for 2006, Gale Holsman, owner of American Sweeping, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri.

Eugene Hansen, the founder of Minnesota-based Clean Sweep, Inc.

Mark Carter, co-owner of Los Angeles-based Bill's Sweeping.

Bob Schwarze, founder of Schwarze Industries, Inc., and his son, Mark, were the winners for 2002.

Winner for 2017, Larry Dyck, founder of MASCO Sweepers.

Winner for 2014, NiteHawk Sweepers

Winner for 2013, Karl Stauty and his company, Commercial Power Sweeping, Inc.

Winner for 2012, John "Johnny D" Dubbioso. John's companies include NE-based Tri-State Industrial Maintenance, Three-D Equipment Rebuilding and several others. He was also one of the inventors of the Broom Bear sweeper, which was sold to Elgin.

Winner for 2011, Ray Confer of Michigan-based C & J Sweeping, Inc.

In 2007, the Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping was awarded to the B.W. Young family and the company he founded, The Young Manufacturing Company -- better known in the sweeping industry as the TYMCO sweeper company.

Tom Ostuni is a man who in 1966 looked at an industry in its infancy and saw its potential. He took a single sweeper and a single account and turned it into a full-scale success, helping many others along the way.

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