The Andy Gump Award

The M.Z. “Andy” Gump Award is the portable sanitation industry’s most prestigious honor.

M.Z. “Andy” Gump was an industry leader of high ethical standards and a reputation for excellence in all that he did. In 1956 Andy and his wife began their portable restroom venture building wood units in the family garage in Santa Clarita, California.

The award bearing Andy Gump’s name was developed in 1993 by his son Barry Gump, a second generation industry veteran and leader in his own right. Today the Andy Gump Award is the portable sanitation industry’s highest honor.

Each year the PSAI Awards Committee reviews nominations from around the world to identify the most appropriate honoree. One portable sanitation professional receives the award annually at the PSAI Convention and Trade Show.

Nomination and selection is based on a person meeting the following criteria: 

  • Conducts business and personal relationships with fairness and integrity
  • Works to improve the image of the industry
  • Introduces innovative approaches to addressing portable sanitation needs
  • Creates new products, services and related technology
  • Leads colleagues in the advancement of the portable sanitation industry
  • Exhibits vision in responding to economic challenges facing the industry

Do you know someone who would make a great recipient? Nominate an influential leader in our industry during the call for 2021 nominations when they open in October 2020. For more information contact

The Andy Gump Award statue depicts a cowboy shaking hands with a banker.

“It portrays the way my dad did business,” explained his son Barry Gump. “A hand shake was his word and bond, and he didn’t need a contract or piece of paper to seal the deal.”

Andy Gump Award
Barry Gump

Andy Gump Award Recipients:

2019 Ron Inman, Northwest Cascade Honey Bucket; Puyallup, Washington

2018 Barry Gump, Andy Gump Company; Santa Clarita, California (posthumous recognition)

2017 Todd Hilde, Satellite Industries; Plymouth, Minnesota

2016 Lou Paulsen, Can-Doo Budjet Rentals; Abilene, Texas

2015 Mitchell Weiner, Mr. John/Russell Reid; Keasby, New Jersey

2014 Allan Baird, Baird Septic Tank Pumping Ltd and Go Johns; Upper Onslow, Nova Scotia

2013 Jeff Wigley, Pit Stop; Atlanta, Georgia

2012 Gregg DeLong,PolyJohn Enterprises; Azusa, California

2011 Michael McCarthy, Mr John of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2010 Lee Sola, S & B Porta-Bowl Restrooms, Inc.; Aurora, Colorado

2009 Flay Anthony Jr., Porta-Jon; Gastonia, North Carolina

2008 Steve McDonald, Sanitation Journal; Lemoore, California

2007 Ed Cooper, PolyJohn Enterprises Corp.; Whiting, Indiana

2006 Mike Holm, United Site Services, Inc.; Miami, Florida

2005 Ron and Gladys Bird, Ameri-Can Engineering; Argos, Indiana

2004 Ned Carpenter, Porta-Jon of the Piedmont; Gastonia, North Carolina

2003 Mike Pauling, Biffs, Inc.; Shakopee, Minnesota

2002 Dick and Mary Macialek, Center Penn Services; Bellefonte, Pennsylvania

2001 Peter Booth, Loo Hire UK; Sheffield, England

2000 Lothar Vermillion, ADCO International GmbH; Ratingen, Germany

1999 Frank Ranson, The Phil Carter System, Inc.; Newport News, Virginia

1998 John Taylor, Satellite Industries, Inc.; Plymouth, Minnesota

1997 Mark Perry, Northwest Cascade, Inc.; Puyallup, Washington

1996 Ed Crafton, PolyPortables, LLC; Dahlonega, Georgia

1995 Fred Cutler Sr., Sani-Hut Company, Inc.; Reno, Nevada

1994 George Harding, PolyJohn Enterprises Corp.; Whiting, Indiana

1993 Clyde Sansom, Synergy World; St. Louis, Missouri