Hall Of Fame Inductees


The individuals nominated should have made a significant impact or positive influence that assures the future of our industry in the lives of generations to come.


Once nominated, an individual’s biography and photo are updated on the site, and he or she is placed in the polls for voting. At the end of the year the committee takes into consideration the votes and decides which candidates are inducted.


Those with a star (*) next to their name below were either inducted posthumously or have passed away since being inducted.


Nomination Qualifications

  • Person with integrity and passion
  • Minimum 20 years in industry
  • Someone who has developed  or invented  new technology
  • Has made contributions that resulted in change
  • Contributed to mankind’s needs in his field
  • Provided education and encouragement  with self-sacrifice
  • Changed the industry

Denne Goldstein *

Denne Goldstein, publisher of Irrigation & Green Industry magazine, was the 2002 recipient of the prestigious "Meridian Award." The Meridian Award is the top honor presented to landscape professionals by the Orange County/Long Beach Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association. Goldstein began his career in the turfgrass industry 40 years ago. In 1968, he started a lawn care company and was one of the first in Southern California to take and pass the Pest Control Advisor's exam. He obtained his C-27 state landscape license in the early '70s.

ln L977, Goldstein launched his first magazine, followed by four other green industry publications. His was the first magazine to feature irrigation, and to promote Xeriscape after it was conceived in Orange County, California, in the mid '80s. He also helped start the Landscape Industry Show, held each year in Long Beach, California. In 1995, Goldstein and his son, Ira, launched the first irrigation and green industry website, Irrigation & Green Industry Network (www.igin.com) which now has more than 5,500 pages of databases and information. In 1998, he and his family introduced the first issue of .Irn gation & Green Industry magazine. Goldstein is an outspoken proponent of professionalism in the gxeen industry. He has been instrumental in providing the means to promote, educate and inform landscape contractors through his publication.