L-R: Sally Cook, floodplain manager coordinator for the Manatee County, Florida Building & Development Services, and ASFPM Executive Director Chad Berginnis.
The John Ivey Award for Excellence in Certification recognizes
exceptional efforts to promote the professional certification of floodplain
year's winner, Sally Cook, is the
floodplain manager coordinator for the Manatee County, Florida Building &
Development Services. Her special philosophy to floodplain management is, "We’ll
get there together, or not at all--and not at all is not an option." She is
passionate about looking for ways to assist current and future CFMs by
identifying resources, connecting people and sharing information with chapter
members and floodplain managers all across her state.
Cook had a direct impact on
Florida's education program, which led to a significant improvement in class
quality and availability, "flooding" the entire state with vital training,
which allowed the Florida Floodplain
Managers Association to
grow from 338 members in 2012 to more than 900 members today.
coordinates with a wide variety of organizations and has expanded education
into key related disciplines and professionals, including engineers, surveyors,
building officials, code compliance officers and insurance agents, inspiring
them to become CFMs. Her dedication and passion for the CFM® program
are why she won this award and is an example for others to follow!