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Kite & Key 2002 Recipients

Edwin Kanner
President, American Insulated Wire Co., and Pacific Electricord Co.

Ed Kanner, a former member of the NEMA Board of Governors, received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Baruch School in New York in 1942 and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University in 1947. Between earning those two degrees, he served in the U.S. Navy for four years, rising to the rank of lieutenant and receiving a presidential accommodation for his actions in World War II as a part of the gunnery section.

Kanner entered the wire and cable industry in 1952 as an assistant sales manager with Western Insulated Wire Company. He became sales manager and vice president and assumed the presidency when Teledyne purchased the company in 1962. He remained with Teledyne until 1968, when he started Carol Cable Company West. He remained president of this company after its sale, along with Carol Cable East, to Avnet Inc., and in 1978 went to New York to become executive vice president and chief operating officer of Avnet, a $1.5 billion company made up of manufacturing companies including Carol Cable and electronic distribution companies.

When Carol Cable Company was sold in 1981 to Noranda, a Canadian mining company that owned Canada Wire & Cable Inc., Kanner commuted between Toronto and Los Angeles, assuming the presidency of Canada Wire & Cable. In 1984, he assumed the position of president of American Insulated Wire Company and Pacific Electricord Company. Both companies are owned by Leviton, where Kanner sits on the executive committee as group vice president for wire.

Philip M. Piqueira
Chief Engineer, Standards Integration GE Industrial Systems

Philip M. Piqueira graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and went on to receive a Master of Science Degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer from the State of Connecticut.

Piqueira has over 20 years of experience in the electrical industry and began his career with the General Electric Company in 1979. During that time he has held a number of engineering positions including the engineering management responsibility for distribution equipment products such as molded case circuit breakers, safety switches, disconnects, panelboards, and switchboards. He was appointed to his present position as Chief Engineer-Standards Integration in 1989. He is responsible for unifying and integrating the global standards activities of General Electric’s Industrial Systems Business.

Piqueira has been actively involved with NEMA for almost 20 years. In addition to serving on numerous technical committees, he has been a member of NEMA’s Board of Governors (1998-2000), chairman of the Industrial Automation Division (elected in 2002), chairman of Building Equipment Division (1998-2000), chairman of IRSC (1995-1998), vice-chairman of the Standards and Conformity Policy Committee (2000-present), and vice-chairman of the Codes and Standards Committee (elected in 2002).

In addition to his involvement with NEMA, Piqueira also represents GE on ANSI’s Company Member Council Executive Committee and the Council of the U.S. National Committee of the I.E.C. He is a member of Underwriters Laboratories Follow-Up Services Council and is a member of the National Fire Protection Association.

Michael A. Stein
President, Mike Stein Associates, LLC

Since 1998, Mike Stein has been president of Mike Stein Associates, LLC, providing consulting services in global standardization, government regulation, and industry associations for lighting products and power supplies.

Since graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1963, Stein has spent nearly 40 years in the field of ballast design and engineering management for Universal Manufacturing Corporation and MagneTek (which bought Universal in 1986). Stein began his electrical engineering degree as a design engineer with Universal Manufacturing Corporation, where he tested and designed fluorescent ballasts. He worked his way up through the company to vice president of engineering and then director of product development, where he was responsible for developing fluorescent and HID ballasts. Promoted to director of global standards in 1996, Stein was in charge of external standardization and trade association activities.

Stein has been very active in the electroindustry, working with Underwriters Laboratories, Canadian Standards Association, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, ANSI, and IEEE, and serving as president of the Certified Ballast Manufacturers Association three separate times. Currently chairman of NEMA’s Lighting System Division, he has also served as the division’s vice chairman (1998-2000) and two terms as chairman of the NEMA Ballast Section (1983-1986, 1993-1998).


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