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 Steering Committee


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

Simon Fung

Simon Fung

Senior Product Development Specialist, 3M Corporation

Kenneth D. Gray

Kenneth D. Gray

Independent Product Management and Innovation Advisor

Calvin Hodock

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

Shannon Hodock

SVP Integrated Marketing, Acosta Marketing Group

Jennie C. Hunter-Cevera

Acting Secretary of Higher Education, Maryland Higher Education Commission

Jason Kovac

Gail Buerger Kerr

Managing Consultant at Gail Buerger Kerr and Associates

Jason Kovac

Jason Kovac

Dean of Academic Foundations at Linn-Benton Community College

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

Clinton O. Robinson, P.E.

Clinton O. Robinson, P.E.

Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch Corporation