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John W. Estey Honored at NEMA Annual Membership Meeting

11/17/2017 1:00PMSign-up to receive press releases.

Electroindustry awards gala also commemorates medical imaging, engineering & business achievements

 ROSSLYN, Va., November 17, 2017 — The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announced the winners of its annual awards on November 9, 2017, during its Annual Meeting in Bonita Springs, Florida. John W. Estey of S&C Electric Company received NEMA's highest honor, the Bernard H. Falk Award. The award recognizes individuals with outstanding achievements in technology, public affairs, management, trade, and other fields important to the electroindustry.​

He joined S&C Electric Company in 1972 and advanced through various management positions before his appointment as president in 1988. In 2007, he was elected chairman of NEMA Board of Governors and played a pivotal role in helping NEMA establish its existing Strategic Initiatives Program.​

"John has an incredible work ethic. Everything he gets into, he gives 110 percent. He is admired and revered by the company, particularly for his steady leadership," noted S&C CEO Kyle H. Seymour.​

This year NEMA launched the Rӧntgen Award to commemorate the father of medical imaging, Wilhelm Conrad Rӧntgen, who discovered x-rays and created the first medical image in 1895. This new award celebrates pioneers within NEMA's Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA). Hans Beinke was awarded the first Rӧntgen Award this year for his leadership in the medical device industry. Mr. Beinke, vice president of Siemens Healthcare, has been involved in MITA for more than 15 years. His leadership within MITA led to the growth of the medical imaging device marketplace in the U.S. and internationally and reduced trade and regulatory burdens.​

Additional award recipients include Steven G. Rood of Legrand North America and Rebecca F. Rainer of Eaton Lighting who received the Kite and Key Award; and Champion Fiberglass who received the Business Innovation Council (BIC) Illuminations Award.  

The Kite and Key Award recognizes individuals whose exceptional work in codes and standards have advanced the interests of the electroindustry. Having worked in the industry for 30 years, Steve Rood – now director of codes and standards for Legrand North America – has a vast background that allows him to bring a broad understanding to the strategic role of codes and standards as they relate to various segments of the industry. Mr. Rood is a voting representative in several NEMA Sections and committees.​

Rebecca "Becky" Rainer – the other winner of the Kite and Key Award – has been a member of the NEMA Lighting Division for more than 20 years. Ms. Rainer is a recognized authority on outdoor lighting. In addition to holding leadership roles within numerous NEMA committees and working groups, Ms. Rainer is also involved in outside organizations related to lighting. She holds leadership roles on NEMA committees, and she actively promotes NEMA and its standards in her work with adjacent industries.​

Champion Fiberglass, founded in 1988 by Goran Haag, received the 2017 Illuminations Award. The award is presented to a NEMA BIC member company that has demonstrated success through entrepreneurial growth and advanced technology innovation. Mr. Haag's passion for fiberglass and his commitment to quality products revolutionized his sector of the electroindustry. The company is a leading supplier of fiberglass conduit and strut for use in demanding industrial, electrical and mechanical markets. Mr. Haag's forward-thinking leadership embodies the values that NEMA celebrates with this award. 


The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents nearly 325 electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers that make safe, reliable, and efficient products and systems. Our combined industries account for 370,000 American jobs in more than 6,100 facilities covering every state. These industries produce $124 billion in shipments and $42 billion in exports of electrical equipment and medical imaging technologies per year.

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