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

Fred Hanker *

Delta Bluegrass


Fred’s college years were spent at the University of Nevada before getting his start in the Green Industry and beginning his now 25 year career with Delta Bluegrass Company.

Being an active and dedicated member of the Green Industry, Fred has served for four years on the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) State Executive Board as representative and Vice President, as well as serving on various other CLCA committees for 25 years. His many years of involvement and support of CLCA has been recognized by his receiving their Associate Member of the Year Award (1992), Knight of the Garter (1995), Allegiance Award (2004) and CLCA Life Member (2013).  He also received the Delta Bluegrass Company Employee of the Year (1992).

Fred is a founding member of the Landscape Advisory Committee of EBMUD service area. Over the years, the group has been successful in educating the board of directors about the economic value of the Green Industry to the economy of our state. Fred is proud to be part of a winning team, on the cutting edge of the Green Industry, working with Delta Bluegrass Company – a sod company that eight years ago was the first to introduce California native sod blends, in sod form, to the industry after seeing the need for more drought tolerant sod blends.

Today, working three days a week because he is still not “mentally and physically” ready to retire, Fred is proud to be part of a successful industry, working with Delta Bluegrass Company to educate Californians on the benefits of turf to our environment and saving water during this drought.  He has had many rewarding and hard working days, as well as shared outstanding relationships and memories to last a lifetime.

Fred has been married to his lovely wife Lani for 48 years and has three grown children and seven bustling grandchildren who keep he and Lani quite busy and on the move.