Karen Reardon, the Vice President of Public Affairs for RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment), recently received one of CropLife America’s highest honors for her successful effort to defend against the ban of pesticide use on private property in Maryland.
The award was given to Reardon on Sept. 25, 2017, during the CropLife America (CLA) annual meeting held in Dana Point, CA. CLA, a sister association to RISE, is the national trade association for manufacturers, formulators, and distributors of pesticides used in agriculture, food, and fiber.
CLA President and CEO Jay Vroom presented Reardon with the Chairman’s Award, which recognizes individuals within the CLA/RISE staff for exceptional service to member companies, the industry, and the association.
“Karen has shown exceptional dedication to her position and leadership within the entire pesticide industry, ag and non-ag alike,” said Vroom in presenting the award. “She led our entire industry’s successful effort to defend against the ban of pesticide use on private property in Montgomery County (MD). Karen’s leadership of this multi-year effort resulted in one of the strongest legal rulings on behalf of this industry’s most important issue — defense of preemption. This effort has and continues to be exceptional service to member companies, the industry, and the association. “
Reardon began working with RISE in 2006 and prior to that was with CLA for 10 years.