Ronald Gilbert, who introduced the concept of pressurized irrigation around the world, is the 2005 recipient of the Irrigation Association Crawford Reid Memorial Award. Established in 1979, the Crawford Reid Memorial Award recognizes significant achievements in the promotion of proper irrigation techniques and major industry advancement outside the United States. Gilbert, chairman and chief executive of Irridelco International Corp., was instrumental in developing irrigation in Ecuador, Guatemala, Venezuela, Spain, the Philippines, Vietnam and many other countries. Gilbert joined Irridelco International in 1947. In 1953, he began to travel, selling agricultural irrigation products around the globe, and he hasn't quit. Gilbert continues to spend six months a year travelling the world on behalf of Irridelco.