Ron Webster, president and founder of Guidon Truck Covers, was one of the original members of TCIA, which later became TCAA then LTAA and now TORA. An engineer by education, he developed many early innovations in the truck cap industry. He was a mentor to many leaders in the industry and was posthumously elected into the TCAA/LTAA/TORA Hall of Fame after his death in a white water river rafting accident in the early nineties. The Ron Webster Memorial Award for Engineering Excellence was created in his honor.
The Ron Webster Memorial Award recognizes a person or people for their engineering achievements of a product in the light-truck accessory industry, achievements that truly embody the words "engineering excellence". The award recognizes the creation of a product, process and/or component that demonstrates innovative and original engineering development, and/or advances the state-of-the-art technology of a product in the light-truck accessory industry. This award is not necessarily presented each year but is bestowed as viable candidates are nominated and selected.
- The Achievement (product/process/component/advancement) must be new, original and innovative to the light truck accessory industry at the time it was accomplished. Evaluation of the achievement shall include whether or not the engineering achievement was accomplished without overcomplicating the product itself.
- The achievement may be a recent or historical engineering innovation.
- The candidate company or individual candidate(s) must be an TORA member company (or employee thereof). Individual candidate(s) must be identified for his/her/their overall engineering achievement.