In 2012, the first MERIT Awards Ceremony was held.
, who was employed with Thorpe Brothers at the time, won the first MERIT Field Employee of the Year Award. This award goes to an employee that is a skilled and dedicated worker, an outstanding leader on the job site, and a safety advocate. Ron was nominated by his employer, David Thorpe. When asked how Ron felt winning the award, he remembers feeling surprised as there were many great candidates who were also nominated.