Pete Alaniz and Jack Marcus were announced as winners of the Brother Bennett and Referee of the Year awards, respectively, for 2005/2006 at the NGB Meeting. Below are two letters of support of their nominations that will show why they were chosen.
Brother Bennett Award Nomination
Mr. Pete Alinez - Titan Support Systems
I am writing this recommendation in support of Mr. Pete Alinez's nomination for the 2005 USA Powerlifitng Brother Bennett award.
I would like to begin by saying that it has been a pleasure to have worked closely with Pete these past few years, both as a championship director and coach. During this time period, we have had the opportunity to work closely on the promotions of many of the successful championships that I have directed during the past few years.
Most importantly, the 2005 IPF Men's World Powerlifting Championships in Miami, Florida, the 2003, 2004 and 2005 American Open Powerlifting Championships, the 2006 USAPL Collegiate Nationals, and finally the 2006 IPF World Masters Bench Press Championships and 2006 Men's National Championships.
Unquestionably, the successes of these championships were directly related to the very kind and generous gifts from Mr. Alinez.
Mr. Pete Alinez has demonstrated to me, as well as too many others; time and again, that he is an exceptionally successful and respected business leader within our sport; who has highly ethical standards and leadership. With this success, he is very giving in sponsoring not only our championship directors, but many of our college and high school students, as well as the many USA Teams that we send abroad each year. Often times, the success of our national teams is due very much in part to the very giving and generous support of Mr. Alinez.
In spite of his notoriety and accolades, I have found Pete to be a most humble and approachable person, who will take time to share his extensive and historical knowledge with others in the sport of Powerlifitng. Most Importantly, Pete's generous support of athletes has successfully guided the USA Powerlifting to achieve an exceptionally high standards of drug-free sport for not only powerlifters here in United States, but internationally as well.
On a final note, it goes without saying that Brother Bennett, the founder of the ADFPA/USAPL, who had the vision and foresight to establish an organization that specifically focused on the concept of "drug-free powerlifting" with an emphasis of Mens Sana in Corpore Sana - A Sound Mind in a Sound Body, which has now moved from a national phenomenon, to an international standard for all sports to measure themselves against, would be most honored and proud of him by his selection for this award.
Robert Keller - July 6, 2006/Miami, Florida
IPF Category I Referee
USAPL Referee of the Year Nomination
To the Members of the USA Powerlifting National Governing Body:
I feel quite honored to prepare this recommendation letter for Jack Marcus to receive the 2006 USAPL Referee of the Year Award.
I shall begin by saying that despite the many business interests that Jack is currently involved in at this stage of his life, he has always found the time to be actively involved and engaged with USA Powerlifting as a referee. Whenever requested to serve as a referee for a championship, either at the state, national, or International level, he is guaranteed to be highly committed to attending the championship on time, and for the duration of the event.
Jack is only a few years older than me, but in terms of the influence he's had on my life he might as well have been my father. I can not tell you how many times that he has been instrumental in the successful outcomes of many of the national and international Championships that meet directors, me included, in USA Powerlifting have directed these past few years. These championships were successful due to his many long hours work, and in some cases, his considerable patience with me.
Key and important, at many of these championships, I have personally witnessed Jack take a deep interest in not only assisting his fellow referees, but most importantly, to assist any of the lifters that may have had a question or required assistance. Often times, after his referee assignment has been completed, Jack has spends many additional hours assisting with the preparation of the next day's championship documents, and/or assisting with the ardent and important task of doping control.
As a technical secretary at many of our national and international events, Jack is also a problem solver and places a great deal of effort into resolving the things that are often times cumbersome and that no one wishes to take on. He also has the unusual ability to notice and detect what others may have overlooked with the technical aspects of a championship.
By example, Jack has taught not only me, but other referees not only the value of helping others, but being professional, as well as the importance of loyalty and commitment to an organization.
I could continue with the many descriptions of Jack's many other good qualities - his work ethic, energy, and creativeness to name three. Instead I would simply like to say how much I think of Jack and how strongly I recommend him for this award.
Thank you! Sincerely,
Interim Technical Chairman
Pete Alaniz and Jack Marcus were announced as winners of the Brother Bennett and Referee of the Year awards for 2005/2006.