Jim Moench will receive the Chairman's Award. Moench's most recent position was with the North Dakota Disabilities Advocacy Consortium, a coalition of 25 diverse disability organizations. During his more than eight years in the position, Moench coordinated joint legislative and policy activities for 25 diverse disability organizations in the state. A primary focus was enhancing mobility for disabled individuals. Moench served as chair of the UGPTI's Advisory Board from 1987 to 1997. During his tenure as chair the UGPTI saw significant increases in its budget and launched several initiatives that are now established programs within the institute. These include the Advanced Traffic Analysis Center, establishment of the UGPTI as a regional center within the U.S. Department of Transportation's University Transportation Center Program, and the development of UGPTI's video-conferencing network. Those developments helped set the stage for the institute's success and dynamic growth in subsequent years. Moench also had long and distinguished careers with the North Dakota Farmers Union and the North Dakota National Guard. His military career spanned 31 years, beginning with active duty in the U.S. Army culminating in his appointment as Deputy Commander of the North Dakota Army National Guard in 1997.