Instituted in 2000, the Richard Laymon President’s Award is named in honor of Richard Laymon, who died in 2000 while serving as President of the HWA. As its name implies, it is given by the HWA’s sitting President. The Award is presented to a volunteer who has served HWA in an especially exemplary manner and has shown extraordinary dedication to the organization.
HWA President Lisa Morton has chosen Brad Hodson to receive the 2018 Richard Laymon Award. As HWA’s Administrator, Brad has served HWA for many years, overseeing both the organization’s day-to-day operations and also coordinating much of the yearly StokerCon™ events. As Morton noted, “The definition of this award states that it goes to an especially dedicated volunteer, while Brad is our only full-time employee. However, if you consider that what Brad puts in every week goes so far beyond the forty hours we pay him for, I figure that he’s surely our hardest-working volunteer as well. HWA owes much of its growth to him, and this recognition is long overdue.”
“Joining the HWA has truly been a life-changing experience,” Brad said, when informed of the award. “From networking to access to the resources that let me start making professional sales, it’s helped my career immensely. But, more so, the Administrator position has been a godsend. The amazing people I now get to interact with on a daily basis have enriched my life in so many ways. And having a day job that revolves around a genre I adore while assisting writers and educating readers has, even at its most stressful, been fulfilling in so many ways. HWA’s President for most of my time in the position has been Lisa Morton, and I couldn’t ask for a better boss. Lisa has always trusted my opinions and empowered me to do what needs to be done while simultaneously offering guidance and resources to do so. I’ve worked for major companies in the entertainment industry and it’s rare to find an environment like the one at HWA. When I first took over as Administrator, we had only 350 members, and almost all of them were in the U.S. and Canada. I’ve watched that number grow to over 1500 members in 27 countries in a few short years. There’s a reason for that growth: the President, Vice-President, Board of Trustees, and all of the volunteers are passionate about the HWA. And that passion is infectious. I’m happy to have caught the bug and am truly honored to be this year’s recipient of the Richard Laymon President’s Award.”
As an author and screenwriter, Brad C. Hodson is proud to be the Administrator of the HWA. A sampling of his various duties includes managing the member database, the renewal system, and StokerCon registration, and serving as the communications hub for the organization. He works with other organizations, such as the Author’s Coalition, to advocate for creators and help keep HWA initiatives such as our scholarship program funded and paying out to recipients. Managing the day-to-day nuts and bolts of what keeps the organization running has given him a special appreciation for the genre, the creators, and fans that champion it, and the volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to provide HWA’s members with the resources at their disposal.