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Kite & Key 2004 Recipients


Peter Bleasby
Director of Industry Relations and Standards, Osram Sylvania

Peter Bleasby is a leading voice and respected champion of the lighting industry. He is an acknowledged expert on environmental and energy efficiency product legislation and regulation affecting U.S. lamp manufacturers.

Active in energy policy debates during the crafting of the Energy Policy Act of 1992, Bleasby was also instrumental in the fashioning of Department of Energy implementing rules. During the past three years, he has been engaged in the quest for a new energy bill. He has testified hundreds of times before legislative bodies on bills attempting to regulate or ban mercury- containing products, actions that would negatively impact manufacturers of fluorescent lamps and related lighting systems, and has advocated industry positions of various state environmental protection agencies.

Bleasby’s career began when he joined BBC Television, then transferred to Theatrical Lighting in London. Since that time, he has spent over 20 years in the lighting industry with Thorn Lighting and Osram Sylvania, where he has been since 1993.

Long active with NEMA, Bleasby has served multiple terms as chairman of the NEMA Lamp Section and chair of the NEMA Lighting Systems Division. He has been a member of the Lighting Division’s management committee, a member of the NEMA Energy Policy Task Force, a steering committee member of the ANSI Lighting Program, a NEMA representative to the governing board of the National Council on the Qualifications of Lighting Professions, and a member of the NEMA Board of Governors.

Jeffrey Gren
Director of Health and Consumer Goods, International Trade Administration

Jeffrey Gren has had a distinguished career at the U.S. Department of Commerce, beginning in 1976 when he joined the department as deputy director of the trade adjustment technical assistance program. He became involved with NEMA initiatives in the early 1990s as a senior policy advisor to the assistant secretary for basic industries in the International Trade Administration. He worked on foreign procurement reforms with the European Union in the energy sector and assisted U.S. firms in obtaining contracting opportunities in the reconstruction of Kuwait.

Gren has been a tireless supporter of NEMA’s Diagnostic Imaging and Therapy Systems Division as director of health and consumer goods at ITA. He has been a persistent advocate for FDA reform, sits on the Medical Devices Global Harmonization Task Force and on the Joint Sectoral Committee, overseeing the U.S.–European Union Medical Devices Mutual Recognition Agreement. He has also led numerous trade missions to promote U.S. medical products in major U.S. markets, most recently in Russia and China.

In addition to his assistance to the NEMA medical products sector, Gren also serves as the government lead in NEMA’s cooperative agreement development with the Department of Commerce to establish a presence in China.

John W. Young
Manager of Industry Standards, Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.

John W. Young has worked in the electrical industry for over 34 years. During his career, Young has been involved with product design and development of a wide range of electrical distribution equipment, including panelboards, meter sockets, circuit breakers, switches, and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI). His present responsibilities include standards management and development as well as standards compliance for new products for Siemens Energy & Automation.

Young has participated in section and technical committees for circuit breakers, switches, panelboards, personnel protection, enclosures, and meter mounting and test equipment. He also serves on numerous other NEMA committees, including the Standards Policy Committee, Codes and Standards Committee (of which he has been a member since 1996), International and Regional Standardization Committee, Conformity Assessment Task Force, NEMA/UL Policy Committee, and the NEMA/NFPA Policy Committee.

Young is an LVDE representative to the IEC committee (23E) on residential circuit breakers and also serves as its U.S. technical advisor. One of the earliest NEMA participants in CANENA, Young has been an influential member of the harmonization committees for circuit breakers, panel boards, switches, enclosures, and GFCIs. He is also active with numerous Underwriters Laboratories, the Canadian Standards Association, the American National Standards Institute, and the National Fire Protection Association committees.