Over the past 40 years Stanton has not only worked as a farmer but has also developed into a leader in his community. Because of his influence and relationship with the community, he has become a respected expert in his trade.

Stanton believes that mechanization is one of the most important management tools for Lodi grape growers. He has designed and adapted numerous pieces of equipment for vineyard work and has even been known to modify brand new equipment before it is ever used. His vineyards have been involved in many research projects with UC Davis, including an ongoing project since 1981 to develop rootstock resistance to fan leaf virus. Vineyards managed by Stanton were used in Cal State Fresno research on the use of near-infrared spectroscopy equipment in conjunction with GPS to prepare a “quality map” of a vineyard prior to harvesting.

It is this type of innovation and involvement along with his quality and character that have earned Stanton the following recognition in his community.

  Stockton chamber San Joaquin County Ag Hall of Fame (2013)
 Farm Bureau Leadership Farm Bureau graduate (2007)
 Lodi chamber Lodi Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Person of the Year (2006)
 Fresno Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business, Emphasis in Plant Science (1970)