The M. Dennis Jensen Award is given in "recognition of unique contributions by an individual to the DKI organization and its membership," the release noted.
According to the release, the criteria used to identify a deserving award recipient include a commitment to maintaining the highest level of performance within their own company, a commitment to the success of the DKI membership as a unified body, a commitment to the formal education of all DKI members, involvement in greater industry initiatives and identifiable contributions that advance the DKI organization forward.
"The impact Derry has had on the culture of this organization is substantial," said Dale Sailer, current DKI president.
"As important as the various business initiatives that Derry drove through the company were, his greatest legacy was his role as organizational cheerleader. Derry embraced what being a DKI member really meant... It is that spirit of camaraderie and cooperation that serves as the underpinning to most of our strategies today," Sailer added.