Chicago Center (ZAU) Facility Representative and veteran NATCAvist Toby Hauck, whose relentless dedication to forging successful relationships with members of Congress and their staffs with his friendly, plain-spoken, highly personable style, was saluted on Monday, May 19, 2014 at NATCA in Washington (NiW) with the Union's highest legislative honor - the Trish Gilbert Legislative Activism Award.
“I'm humbled,” Hauck said. “I'm with my family. To accept an award like this in front of my family members is pretty moving. I am not often speechless but you got me here.” Hauck then shared with his fellow NATCAvists, particularly the many first-timers at this year's event, some advice that he says has proven valuable for his relationship-building. “My advice is go in and be you," he said. "Give them a firm handshake. When you leave, say thank you. Then follow up. If you don't know the answer, say you will get back to them.” The award culminated a series of honors given to NATCAvists for their work and dedication.
Regional award winners included the following: