AKC's President and CEO, Dennis B. Sprung was recognized during Westminster week by being present the Anne Rogers Clark Hall of Fame Award and being inducted into the Hall of Fame presented by Dogs In Review. Beginning in 1986, the award is one of the most prestigious in the world of dogs and honors people who have made significant contributions in it.
"I am delighted to see Dennis be recognized for his leadership of our organization" said Ron Menaker, AKC's Chairman of the Board. "His accessibility to everyone and his thorough knowledge of our business are appreciated. "
Sprung is the 30th recipient of the award; former winners include Dr. Josephine Deubler, Julie Gasow, Walter F. Goodman, Anna Katherine Nicholas, Wendell Sammet and Tom Stevenson, among others.
"It was indeed an honor to be able to present a great friend recognition for a prodigious award. He's in excellent company and deserves to be," said Michael Canalizo, who presented the accolade.
In 1993 Sprung was presented with the FIDO Award voted in by clubs and members of the DWAA as Dogdom's Man of the Year.
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