Two longtime valuable supporters of the AAPG Foundation have been named recipients of the Foundation’s top awards for 2014.
The awards, announced by the Foundation’s board of trustees, go to James A. Hartman, this year’s winner of the L. Austin Weeks Memorial Medal, and Charles “Chuck” Weiner, the winner of the Foundation Chairman’s Award.
The Weeks Medal, the Foundation’s highest award, is given in recognition for extraordinary philanthropy and service directed to advance the mission of the AAPG Foundation. The award honors the late L. Austin Weeks, whose philanthropic legacy set an exemplary standard.
Hartman is the award’s seventh recipient. Past awardees were Marta Weeks-Wulf, T. Boone Pickens, Larry Funkhouser, Jack Threet, Bill Barrett and Robert Gunn.
He will receive the award during the opening session of this year’s AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, set April 6-9 in Houston.
Hartman, an AAPG Honorary member, has been a Trustee Associate since 1992 and always has been a strong supporter of university students.
His most recent passion was establishing the James A. Hartman Student Chapter Leadership Summit, a popular and successful initiative that enables, through Hartman’s generosity, 12 students in leadership positions the chance to attend AAPG’s annual Leadership Days event.
The students there benefit from networking, training and development – and make an impact on AAPG policies and plans.
Hartman is a retired independent dividing his residence between Des Moines, Iowa, and Venice, Fla. He served as AAPG secretary in 1981-83, and received AAPG’s Distinguished Service Award in 1985.
The Chairman’s Award recognizes those who have made extraordinary contributions (monetary or service) to the AAPG Foundation, and also call attention to the role and value of the Foundation. Weiner is the award’s 16th recipient; last year’s honoree was Richard Baile.
Weiner, chairman of Westerly Exploration in Houston, has been active in exploration since the 1960s, operating not only in the United States but also in Canada, Australia, China, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.
A Trustee Associate since 1979, he has actively supported a variety of Foundation programs over the past five decades, including K-12 Education, Grants-in-Aid and the General Fund.