John W. Estey Honored for Service to Electroindustry
John W. Estey, an enduring contributor to the
electroindustry, received the 2017 Bernard H. Falk Award, NEMA’s highest award,
on November 9, at the Annual Membership Meeting in Bonita Springs.
Mr. Estey joined S&C Electric Company in 1972 as a young
engineer. He progressed through various management positions that culminated in
his appointment as its president in 1988. As one of only three chief executive
officers in S&C Electric Company's 100-year history, he led the company to
prominence in the industry through an unwavering focus on product innovation,
customer service, and the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.
According to S&C Electric Company CEO Kyle H. Seymour, Mr.
Estey exemplifies the characteristics and character that this award recognizes.
“John is admired and revered within the company,
particularly for his steady leadership,” Mr. Seymour noted.
Mr. Estey’s work ethic extends to the broader industry. His participation
in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and its Power
and Energy Society (PES) includes being an IEEE fellow, past director of IEEE,
and past PES president. Through the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative, he
encourages undergraduate engineering students to pursue careers in the
industry. IEEE recognized him for a lifetime of service with the IEEE PES
Leadership in Power Award. In 2011, the S&C Foundation endowed the John W.
Estey Outstanding PES Scholarship.
As president of the S&C Foundation, he led efforts to
fund and endow numerous community programs, particularly those that steer young
people into engineering. He chaired the Adler Planetarium Board of Trustees,
where he helped to endow a program focused on STEM education. He is also a member
of the Dean's Advisory Board at the Kellogg School of Management at
A strong supporter of NEMA, Mr. Estey invigorated S&C’s
engagement within the association. He played a pivotal role in helping to
establish strategic focus. After several leadership roles, he chaired the NEMA
Board of Governors in 2007. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Estey was the
longest-serving active board member.
Since his retirement from
S&C in 2015, Mr. Estey continues to serve in a nonexecutive capacity as chairman
of the S&C Board of Directors. He has been a role model to many, a
legendary leader, and a distinguished servant to the electroindustry.