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Kite & Key 2017 Recipients

Steve Rood Measures Success with Standards

Director of codes and standards for Legrand North America

Stephen G. "Steve" Rood, a recipient of a 2017 Kite & Key Award, is director of codes and standards for Legrand, North America and a guiding force in global standards development for NEMA.

In his work at LNA, a subsidiary of Legrand, Mr. Rood is accountable for strategic development, market implementation, and product coordination of relevant codes and standards pertaining to current and future marketplace demands for cable trays, wiring devices, and wire and cable management solutions.

Having worked in the electrical industry since 1987 in a wide spectrum of domestic and exporting businesses, Mr. Rood brings a background that encompasses electrical infrastructure, consumables, construction materials, systems solutions, and tools. This perspective allows him to bring a broad understanding to the strategic role of codes and standards as they relate to the various segments of the electrical industry.

He avidly promotes products and solutions that offer engineers, facilities, contractors, and distributors increased productivity, maximum installation safety, and opportunities to employ higher levels of energy management. NEMA has relied on this passion to shape strategies that meet current and future marketplace demands and ensure proper standards integration on a national and global level.

He is a voting representative of numerous NEMA sections and committees, including Codes & Standards, Codes & Standards Task Force on State Code Adoptions, Conduits Fittings Section, Electronics Labeling Task Force (chair), Enclosures Section, High Performance Buildings Council, Internet of Things Council, Lighting Systems Division, Lighting Controls Section (chair), Section Affairs Policy Committee (2LC chair), and the Standards & Conformity Assessment Policy Committee.

Certified as a construction documents technologist and a LEED Green Associate, Mr. Rood has been involved in the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Management Council, IEC TAG committees, Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the Nations in the Americas (CANENA), the NFPA ASHRAE/NEMA SPC 201P Facility Smart Grid Information Model, and several other organizations.

A regular contributor to electroindustry magazine, Mr. Rood also has written for Electrical Contractor Magazine, tED, and EC&M. An engineer with a master's degree in marketing and finance, Mr. Rood is an adjunct professor at Bryant & Stratton College.

Becky Rainer Shines in Lighting

Government & Industry Relations Manager for Eaton

Rebecca F. "Becky" Rainer, whose exceptional leadership shines throughout the lighting industry and especially within NEMA, was recognized with a 2017 Kite & Key Award at the NEMA Annual Membership Meeting, November 9, in Bonita Springs.

A member of the NEMA Lighting Division for more than 20 years, first representing Cooper Lighting and now Eaton Lighting Solutions, Ms. Rainer has held several leadership positions, including vice chair and chair of both the NEMA Lighting Systems Division and Luminaire Section. She also participates in NEMA cross-divisional activities, such as the High Performance Buildings Council.

A recognized authority in outdoor lighting, Ms. Rainer has earned recognition from her peers, electric utilities, and municipalities. She chairs the NEMA LSD 55 working group that is addressing the American Medical Association's position on the health implications of outdoor lighting. She is also active in the ANSI C136 Roadway and Area Lighting Committee, supported by the NEMA Luminaire Section.

Her active advocacy in NEMA Government Relations activities includes working on congressional legislation, Department of Energy standards development, and California Energy Commission building and appliance standards.

Her other state policy work includes developing light pollution bills and collaborating in the joint development of model state ordinance language supported by NEMA, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the International Association of Lighting Designers, and the International Dark-Sky Association. A member of the IES, Ms. Rainer chairs the IES Street and Area Lighting Planning Committee and serves on the Obtrusive Light, Liaison, Maintenance, and Off-Roadway subcommittees of the IES Roadway Lighting Committee. She is also a member of the International Dark-Sky Association and is an educator for the Eastern Electric Utility Outdoor Lighting Council.

When the new ANSI 137 committee formed to address interconnectivity issues with complex lighting system technology, Ms. Rainer again assumed a leadership role, chairing the ANSI C137 Lighting Systems Applications Working Group. She provided leadership in the Lighting Systems Division 2015 strategic planning and advocated for the C137 Lighting Systems Approach, focusing on interoperability and an integrated systems perspective to lighting technologies.

Her NEMA activities include membership in the Luminaire, Emergency Lighting, Lighting Controls, and Light Source Sections in addition to the Technical Committee of the Luminaire and Light Source Sections. She consistently promotes the association and its standards in all aspects of her work and with adjacent industries.

Ms. Rainer has been characterized by her peers as a leader who listens and is always prepared to act on solutions. Her insight, commitment, and willingness to hear all sides of an issue before working with committee members to reach a solution exemplify the spirit of the Kite & Key Award.


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