Senior executives with diverse marketing, scientific, and business backgrounds serve on the Edison Awards Steering Committee to monitor the development and successful launch of innovative products each year.

During the Edison Awards nomination process, the Steering Committee reviews each nomination, selecting only those they believe merit consideration for an award. The approved applicants are put on a comprehensive ballot and sent to over 3,000 experienced senior business executives throughout the nation. The ballots are tabulated and the finalists are notified.

In addition, the Steering Committee is responsible for selecting the Edison Achievement Award honorees. They review biographies, practices, and impact of nominees and select individuals who are on the cutting edge of innovation to receive the distinguished award.

The 2015-2016 Steering Committee


Sandra Bates

Sandra Bates

CEO & Founder, The Innovation Partners

Jim Behmke

Jim Behmke

Partner and Chair of the IP and Patent Group of PIB Law; Founder and CEO of Behmke Ventures, LLC

Frank Bonafilia

Frank Bonafilia

Executive Director, The Edison Awards

David H. Brenner

David H. Brenner

Executive Director, Innovation Park at Notre Dame

Dave Brenner

Dave Brenner

Activation Manager, Global Brand Solutions, Google

Harry Epstein

Harry Epstein

President, Quadrant Management Consulting

Tim Fiala

Tim Fiala

Senior Vice President, Text100

Gary Fischman

Gary Fischman

Owner and Principal, Future Strategy Solutions LLC

Simon Fung

Simon Fung

Senior Product Development Specialist, 3M Corporation

Joyce Gioia

Joyce Gioia

President and CEO, Herman Group

Matthew Heim

Matthew Heim

Executive Vice President at inno360

Walter Herbst

Director - Master of Product Design and Development Program, Professor, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University

Calvin Hodock

Edison Awards Founder and Former Chairman of the Board, American Marketing Association

Shannon Hodock

SVP Integrated Marketing, Acosta Marketing Group

Dirk Hondmann

Senior Vice President, Research & Development, Mead Johnson Nutrition

Jennie C. Hunter-Cevera

Acting Secretary of Higher Education, Maryland Higher Education Commission

Jason Kovac

Jason Kovac

Dean of Academic Foundations at Linn-Benton Community College

Philip T. Krein

Philip T. Krein

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Bret Lewis

Bret Lewis

Managing Director, Xenergy Holdings

Rob Manes

Rob Manes

Director of Business Development, Edison Universe and Edison Awards

Deana McDonagh

Deana McDonagh

Professor of Industrial Design, School of Art + Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Faculty, Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology

Hari Nair

Hari Nair

Group Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at Sime Darby Berhad

Moises Norena

Moises Norena

Director of Strategic Innovation, Allstate Insurance

Colonel John P. Powell

Colonel John P. Powell

President, PAMCO Investments Corp.

Clinton O. Robinson, P.E.

Clinton O. Robinson, P.E.

Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch Corporation

Sheree Speakman

Sheree Speakman

President, CIE Learning