The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) presented Jeffrey Bourne with the E. Earl Wilson Award for his career-long contributions to the society and to the green industry as a whole. Bourne is chief of the Montgomery County (Md.) Department of Recreation's division of facilities and capital programs. He is a two-time past president of PGMS and the executive vice president of operations for the American Landscape Contractors Association which is now a part of PLANET, the Professional Landcare Netowork.

Established in 2004, the award is only given "when appropriate." Bourne is the third person to receive the honor.