Bruce Whiting of Payson received the Lowell Benson Lifetime Service Award at the annual international leadership conference of the Management Society of the Marriott School of Management.
"I have to admit I was very surprised that they selected me and somewhat in shock. I was very surprised and so honored," Whiting said. "I've never received anything like this. It was amazing to be selected out of everyone who could have been selected throughout the world. I appreciate the honor very much and I will always cherish it."
Whiting, a 1973 graduate in accounting of the Marriott School of Management, has been active in its worldwide Management Society for many years. Most recently, Whiting has served for 15 years as an Advisory Board Member of the Management Society's Arizona chapter.
The Management Society was founded in 1977 as an organization of alumni and friends of the Marriott School of Management for the express purpose of promoting professional advancement, high ethical standards, career development, and continuing education among business professionals.
Each year, the society selects one individual from among its 6,000 members to be honored with the society's highest award, the Lowell Benson Lifetime Service Award. Recipients are recognized for their combined service to the school, its students, other business professionals, the society and the local communities.
Locally, the Whiting family have been actively involved in Payson businesses for many years, beginning in the 1950s when they purchased the sawmill on Main Street from the Owens family, through the 1980s with the residential development of Payson West and today with Sawmill Crossing, Sawmill Theatres and the Whiting Station.
Whiting currently is a commercial real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Commercial.