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William “Trak” Trakimas named ASFPM's 2019 Meritorious Lifetime Achievement in Floodplain Management Award
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Molly O'Toole of Molly O’Toole & Associates accepted the award for "Trak," with ASFPM Executive Director Chad Berginnis. Photo by John Hays. 

Every year, the awards committee receives incredible nominations. And often hard choices are made to pick ONE winner. This year, the committee could not pick just one, so, we have a second Meritorious Lifetime Achievement in Floodplain Management Award Winner—William “Trak” Trakimas.

"Trak" retired this May and wasn't able to attend our conference. But he has given his career to floodplain management. He was instrumental in the creation and success of the NFIP's Community Rating System. Beginning with his work at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in 1976 as the NFIP state coordinator, and continuing into his duties as the CRS program manager for Insurance Services Office, Trakimas has spent a career bringing out the best in others, seeking their unique strengths, building upon their best abilities, creating pride and a "we can get it done" style.

His enthusiasm, distinctive optimism and skill at finding solutions have left many floodplain managers strengthened in their resolve, and the communities they serve safer and better prepared. Trakimas' significant contribution to floodplain management has been his dedication to the CRS, first as an ASFPM representative on the CRS Task Force, and then as the CRS program manager for ISO. The CRS "creation" began in the 1980s and was officially launched as a program in 1990. Initially, 295 communities joined the CRS and today, more than 1,500 communities participate. Trakimas has worked to assist communities in improving in the CRS and these efforts have resulted in a reduction in the nation’s flood-risk portfolio. Regardless of a community being small or the largest city in our country, he encourages CRS participation to facilitate communities doing more flood-risk reduction each year. This commitment, without a doubt, serves the mission of FEMA, of states and of ASFPM. His presence will be missed.








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