FMC Corp. announced that Wendell Codner, the company’s director of consumer and environmental solutions, was named the recipient of the 2022 E. Allen James Leadership Award by Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) at its 32nd annual meeting held in Georgia.
Named for RISE’s first president, the award is “the organization’s most distinguished volunteer honor and recognizes exemplary leadership and outstanding contributions to the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industry, and to RISE,” according to the news release. E. Allen James is also a Pest Management Professional Hall of Famer (Class of 2010).
“We are thrilled to see Wendell receive this recognition. As an FMC employee for the last 38 years, there is no one more committed to our specialty business. It is because of his genuine dedication to the industry that he is respected and trusted by all those who know him,” said Nadia Sinno, FMC global specialty solutions business director.
Arlington, Va.-based RISE describes itself as providing “thoughtful and meaningful public policy around pest solutions technology and engages on issues at the local, state and federal levels. The organization serves as the voice of specialty pesticides and fertilizers. RISE members include manufacturers, formulators and distributors of specialty pesticides used in public health, aquatics, consumer, forestry, nursery and greenhouse, structural pest control, turf and ornamental, and vegetation management.”
Codner currently serves on the Programs and Membership Committee of RISE and is a past chair of that committee. He is also the past chair of the organization’s Strategic Oversight Council, and its liaison to the RISE Governing Board.
“Since joining RISE, Codner has been an active member and leader serving on our committees,” said RISE President Megan Provost. “He delivers an impeccable level of service to the association and the broader industry, and is involved in attracting and retaining members and in delivering the best possible programs for the membership. He has done all of this with professionalism and dedication. He thinks about our industry first.”
With his entire career spent at in the chemical sector at FMC Corp., Codner first joined the Philadelphia, Pa.-based company as a regional sales representative in the Agricultural Chemical Group. Since then, he has held numerous positions, including national sales manager for the professional solutions and North America Agricultural Division, marketing manager for professional solutions, and business manager for FMC software solutions.
Codner is a graduate of the Jamaica School of Agriculture, Tuskegee University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.