George Washington
Carver Award
George Washington Carver stamp
Background about the Innovation Award

George Washington Carver was an agricultural chemist, experimenter, and inventor whose development of new products derived from peanuts, sweet potatoes, and soybeans helped revolutionize the agricultural economy of the South. For much of his career, Mr. Carver taught and conducted research at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (now Tuskegee University) in Tuskegee, Alabama.

When Rubicon established its annual George Washington Carver Award in honor of a man who dedicated his life’s work to innovating and challenging the norms of our society, we did so under the premise that at Rubicon, we not only encourage innovation and creative thinking in all of its forms, but we also challenge team members to set the bar, and their personal goals, high. It could be said that Mr. Carver was one of the early adopters of Rubicon’s mission to end waste by taking a peanut and creating more than 100 different repurposed or reinvented ways to leverage that peanut—from using fibers from the peanut plant to make paper, to the creation of some early plastics and dyes. With this mission of inventing, exploring, and inspiring, it is with great honor that Rubicon annually recognizes one employee through the process of peer nomination and selection to be named the recipient of the George Washington Carver Innovation Award.

Jason Jones
2020 Winner: Jason Jones
Jason is a consummate team player and does whatever it takes for the business to succeed long-term. He has stepped up countless times for special projects, merger integrations, overhauls to our processes, and is willing to take an objective view as to how things “should” look.

Jason has contributed to Rubicon’s mission to end waste by driving efficiencies throughout our back-office operations, reducing untold hours of duplicative work, and greatly enhancing our corporate controls. We are all exceedingly grateful for the waste he has often singlehandedly reduced for all of us.

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Past Winners
Ryan Cooper (2019)
Ashish Juneja (2018)


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