The Hydraulic Institute (HI) has recognized and honored Albert Huber, president, Patterson Pump Company, as its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. The award was conferred to Huber during HI’s Annual Conference & Centennial Celebration Gala held March 10, 2017 at the JW Marriott – Grande Lakes, in Orlando, Florida.
During his 33 year tenure as president of Patterson Pumps, Huber also devoted time to serving two terms as HI president and chairman of the board along with serving on numerous committees over his career. A true champion of the pump industry and the Hydraulic Institute, Huber has helped HI maintain its global status as a premier organization for technical excellence.
Under his leadership, HI began an organizational realignment towards addressing the pumping system. This was seen through an expansion of HI’s training and the creation of Pump Systems Matter, its educational subsidiary which happened under his leadership. This was also seen through the negotiation of energy efficiency standards with the Department of Energy, an activity led by Huber. These negotiations resulted in the 2016 DOE Commercial Industrial Rule which will affect pump system efficiencies for years to come. Within HI, this strategic shift to embrace the pump system is embedded in HI’s mission statement.
A leader and a statesman, Huber has been instrumental in developing people in his organization and in HI, helping to maintain the relationships that HI enjoys with Europump, having served as the primary HI liaison for many years. According to Michael Michaud, executive director, HI, “Al has made immeasurable personal contributions to the HI Board and, by encouraging the engagement of others at his company, he has made a positive impact on nearly every committee and activity of HI. We congratulate him on this well-deserved award and look forward to his continued involvement and leadership at Patterson Pumps and within HI”.