CLEVELAND — Eaton has named seven employees as recipients of its 2015 Stover Award in recognition of the extraordinary accomplishments of Eaton employees who volunteer in their communities.
“This year’s Stover winners embody Eaton’s commitment to sustainable growth, not only though their work on behalf of their local communities, but also their equally compelling desire to help those in impoverished regions.” said Barry Doggett, senior vice president, Public and Community Affairs. “Each of these individuals demonstrates a willingness to impact the health and safety of their communities and should serve as an inspiration to all of us.”
Named after James R. Stover, Eaton’s chairman and CEO from 1986 to 1991, who was known for his leadership and service to the community, the Stover Award has been given to more than 149 employees since 1993. Any employee who volunteers for a health, human services, education, arts, cultural or civic organization for at least one year can be nominated. Selection criteria include the nominee’s leadership or demonstrated dedication to an organization and the impact of the employee’s involvement in changing and improving the organization and the community.
Honorees received special recognition by Eaton’s chairman and chief executive officer at a formal ceremony earlier this month and were awarded a check for $2,500 payable to the nonprofit organization of their choice.
- Kevin Bock, an engineer at Eaton’s Belmond, Iowa Vehicle facility, led the Belmond facility’s first-ever Habitat for Humanity project, spending many personal hours working on the project and inspiring other employees to get involved. Kevin also serves as a leader in the Boy Scouts, helping to raise funds for a local swimming pool in the Belmond area and is known for keeping a snow shovel in his truck to rescue stranded travelers during Iowa’s harsh winters.
- Matthew L. Greene, Eaton’s vice president of marketing communications, volunteers in leadership positions for the Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland and the Cleveland Institute of Art. He and his wife also support Hope for Kabingo, a charity that provides education, healthcare and economic opportunities for residents of a small village in Uganda, Africa by taking mission trips and even housing one of the villagers in their own home.
- William (Melvin) Hicks, a lube technician at Eaton’s Aerospace facility in Jackson, Michigan, serves his community by volunteering at the Girl Quest/Boy Quest Run program which promotes fitness and positive character development. In addition, he visits the local grade school teaching students about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy and volunteers at Hospice of Jackson.
- Jamie Melville, a sales engineer for Eaton’s Electrical Sector in Sydney, Australia, serves United Grand Lodge Freemasons as a community leader and helps to raise funds to provide fire and emergency services to outlying areas. He is also president of the Australian Masonic Friends of the Philippines, which donates furniture, books, clothing and medical equipment to needy residents.
- Nigel Nurse, a senior project engineer for Eaton’s Electrical Sector in Leicestershire, U.K., serves as an adult scout leader for the Nottinghamshire Scouts in the U.K. and has played an instrumental role in managing and maintaining a five-acre Stonepit Wood scout campsite. Nurse’s work has helped to rejuvenate the woodland for all scouts in his region.
- Michael A. Stein, a master designer for Eaton’s Hydraulics Group in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, serves the community as a volunteer firefighter and training captain for the Eden Prairie Fire Department and as an instructor for the local community emergency response team. He also raises funds for organizations that support cancer research and participates in numerous athletic events hosted by these charities.
- Bill Wagner, who works in sales for Eaton’s Electoral Sector in Tulsa, Oklahoma, serves as a board member for Sharehouse, a group that provides furniture to needy families and led fundraising to provide a local single-parent family with five children with necessities. Wagner has also traveled to Parnu, Estonia, for the past four years to provide construction and maintenance assistance for a local church and help with activities for young people in the region.
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