ANSI Leadership and Service Awards | Overview

The ANSI annual leadership and service awards program is a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors the creativity, dedication, and vision of those individuals who contribute to and participate in the U.S. and global voluntary standards-setting and conformity assessment activities. These awards are a vital component of ANSI's tradition.

Each year, ANSI invites nomination of outstanding leaders and achievers across the broad spectrum of ANSI members and constituents. The award recipients will join a long and distinguished list of past honorees who have left their mark in the history of the ANSI Federation and the standardization community worldwide.

Selection | Process

The Awards Committee, consisting of the chair, immediate past chair, and the current vice chairs of the ANSI Board of Directors, consider every nomination received. Selections are made based on the comparison of data submitted against the description of each award.

The Awards Committee reserves the right to present a nominee with an award other than the one for which he or she was nominated. At the discretion of the Awards Committee, multiple recipients are allowed in certain award categories. If the Awards Committee determines that no candidates meet the eligibility requirements, an award is not given. Current ANSI officers are not eligible for an award.

List of | Awards

Meritorious Service Award

The Meritorious Service Awards are presented to individuals or groups who have a record of significant contribution to voluntary standardization and who have demonstrated outstanding service in enabling the ANSI to attain the objectives for which it was founded.

Recipients of the Meritorious Service Award have been:
  • Hae Choe
  • Jonathan Colby
  • Jessica Evans
  • Eric Grulke
  • Robert Kretschmann
  • Florence Otieno
  • Peter Pondillo
  • Evans Massey
  • Angela Hight Walker
  • A joint team representing the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada, and Procuraduría Federal del Consumidor (PROFECO) for collaborative efforts to align new product testing procedures among three national jurisdictions:
    • CPSC: Tilven Bernal, Randy Butturini, Robert Garrett, and Einstein Miller
    • Health Canada: Eric Bergevin, Stephen Drew, Tyler Goodier, Richard Hart, Franco LaRiccia, and Martina Vorel
    • PROFECO: Agustín Adame, Carlos Cárdenas, and Adriana Ruiz
  • Thomas Blewitt
  • James Bress
  • Lori Gillespie
  • Paul Green
  • Jim Jetter
  • Eileen Hill
  • Marsha Mazz- Joe Musso
  • Stephen Rood
  • Jianchao Zeng
  • William Boswell
  • Shaun Clancy
  • Mary Donaldson
  • Steve Ferguson
  • William G. Lawrence, Jr
  • Kevin Lippert
  • Deborah Prince
  • Clark Silcox
  • Dr. Sue Ellen Wright
  • Elaina Finger
  • Megan Hayes
  • Judd Hesselroth
  • Sheronda Jeffries
  • John Mitchell
  • Glenn Sexton
  • Joan Sterling
  • Trudie Williams
  • Chris Bell
  • C.P. (Sandy) Butterfield
  • JoAnn Emmel
  • Thomas Hammack
  • Carol Herman
  • Sylvia Mohr
  • Stephanie Montgomery
  • Cory O’Hara
  • Michael Babiak
  • Cheryl Blum
  • Douglas Durant
  • William Fiske
  • Jonathan Jew
  • Laurie Locascio
  • John Young
  • Mark Earley
  • Ed Mikoski
  • Peter Musgrove
  • Claire Ramspeck
  • Al Scolnik
  • Kip Smythe
  • Karen M. Boehme
  • Jean-Paul Emard
  • Joseph D. Hersey, Jr.
  • Bernard Liebler
  • Cynthia Woodley, Ed.D.
  • Robert J. Vondrasek
  • John G. Abbott, PhD
  • Jean M. Baronas
  • Sonya M. Bird
  • Brian K. Daly
  • Ramona Saar
  • Kenneth E. Gettman
  • William G. Lawrence, Jr
  • Louis Santamaria
  • Ronald F. Silletti
  • Don Snyder
  • David E. Soffrin
  • Scott Cedarquist
  • Les Eastwood
  • David Ensor
  • Susan Miller
  • Earl Nied
  • Rolf Schneider
  • Michael Woodford
  • Dr. Benedict R. Bonazza
  • Michael J. Fargano
  • Gordon Gillerman
  • Linda F. Golodner
  • Steve Howell
  • Larry G. Kessler, Sc.D.
  • David L. Miller
  • John Neumann
  • Philip M. Piqueira
  • Jennifer Stradtman
  • Clayton E. Teague, Ph.D.
  • John A. Wafer
  • Edward Barkmeyer
  • William Berger
  • Dr. Charles Dvorak
  • Ellen Emard
  • Patricia Gleason
  • Walt Korzeniowski
  • Robert Lamson
  • Fernando Podio
  • Dan Bart
  • Colin B.Church
  • Lowis Costrell
  • Casey C. Grant
  • William E. Kelly
  • Illeana Martinez
  • Paul Moliski
  • James Pauley
  • Mary H. Saunders
  • Henry Opperman
  • Michael Taubitz
  • Herbert Van de Sompel
  • Eric F. Van de Velde
  • Maureen Breitenberg
  • Lois M. Ferson
  • Mary Ellen Fise
  • Sharon Goldsmith
  • Keith Mowry
  • Joanne Overman
  • Robert A. Williams
  • Patricia K. Adair
  • Judith M. Andersen
  • John V. Bergen
  • Christine DeVaux
  • Laura Hitchcock
  • Terry Jacobson
  • George Quinn
  • Richard J. Brooks
  • James L. Eitel
  • Michael G.Jenhins
  • Carmina Londono
  • Charls R. Luebke
  • Erik J. Meyers
  • John Rennie
  • Suzanne Troje
  • Cyril E. Arney
  • Delbert F. Boring
  • Michael D. Bray
  • John L. Bryan
  • George Coates
  • Paul Duks
  • Gregory E. Saunders
  • Milton E. Cox
  • Reinhold J. Nelissen
  • George C. Nichols
  • George J. Ockuly
  • Walter Smittle III
  • Richard Weiland
  • Alvin Lai
  • David Q. McDowell
  • John B. Posey
  • Brigette Reilly
  • Lyle Saxton
  • Robert J. Cepulch
  • Samuel D. Cheatham
  • Dr. Belinda L. Collins
  • Richard J. Forselius
  • M. Blake Greenlee
  • Linda R. Horton
  • Donald R. McKay
  • Bjarne W. Olesen
  • Martin H. Reiss
  • Laurence Young
  • Frank E. Benham
  • S. David Hoffman, Esq.
  • Walter G. Leight
  • David Y. Ling
  • William R. Martin, Jr.
  • Arthur K. Reilly
  • Sherwin H. Becker
  • Diego L. Betancourt
  • David N. Bishop
  • Marilyn E. Courtot
  • James M. Daly
  • Dr. William Horwitz
  • Donald R. McVittie
  • Gene E. Olson
  • Dr. Ralph M. Showers
  • Robert C. Strum
  • Guy A. Arlotto
  • Ian Lifchus
  • Marco M. Migliaro
  • Theodore A. Pickett
  • Louis J. Sas
  • Fernand Schlaeppi
  • Barbara J. Boykin
  • Imre A. Csaszar
  • John L. Donaldson
  • L. John Rankine
  • Lee E. Rogers
  • Helen M. Wood
  • Joseph Zajaczkowski
  • William A. Farquhar
  • Dr. Bruce L. Garner
  • Donald W. Marquardt
  • James A. McCune
  • Herbert Phillips
Next Generation Award

The Next Generation Award honors an individual who has been engaged in standardization or conformity assessment activities for less than eight years and who has, during this time, demonstrated vision, leadership, dedication and significant contributions to his or her chosen field of activity.

Recipients of the Next Generation Award have been:
  • Peter Bittner
  • Carrie Schmaus
  • Paul Witherell
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Michal Chojnacky
  • Mayur Patel
  • Walter Zoller
  • Christopher Dorr
  • Sun Gil Kim
  • Andrew Northup
  • Amy Phelps
  • Joseph Spossey
  • Marianna Kramarikova
  • Ranyee Chiang
  • Ryan Franks
  • Joe Gittens
  • Kevin Mangold
  • Carin Stuart
  • Ethan Biery
  • Diana Bull
  • Chelsey Schweikert
  • Kerrianne Conn
  • Elaine Newton
  • Manyphay Souvannarath
  • Jonathan A. Colby
  • Phillip B. Cutler, P.E.
  • Elham Tabassi
  • Matthew R. Young
  • Megan A. Hayes
  • Kristin Collette
  • Martha Marrapese
  • Amanda Dixon
  • Dr. Roger Hoy
  • Dr. Ajit Jillavenkatesa
  • Ann Weeks
  • Stephen Elliott
  • Mary Jo DiBernardo
The President’s Award for Journalism

The President's Award for Journalism honors a journalist whose work helps to illuminate the role that standardization and conformity assessment activities play in improving the health and safety of Americans and in strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. business in a global marketplace. Professionals working in print, broadcast, or electronic media will be considered.

Recipients of the President’s Award for Journalism have been:
  • The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Publications Staff
  • NFPA Journal Editorial Team
  • Andrew Updegrove
  • Paul Hoversten
  • David Berlind
  • Brandon Mitchener
  • Amy Zuckerman
  • ASTM International team responsible for Standardization News
  • Stephen Oksala
  • Diane C. Thompson
  • Scott Adams
  • Eric Lai
Chairman’s Award

The Chairman's award honors outstanding accomplishments performed by any group or individual on behalf of ANSI or the ANSI Federation. Recipients are selected by the chairman of the ANSI Board of Directors in consultation with the Awards Committee. The award may be presented at any time.

Recipients of the Chairman's Award have been:
  • Ed Morris
  • Evan Gaddis
  • James Shannon
  • Patrick D. Gallagher, Ph.D.
  • E. Clayton Teague, PhD
  • Members of the APEC Toy Safety Initiative:
  • Inez Tenenbaum
  • Rich O’Brien
  • Jamie Ferman
  • Julia Doherty
  • Jennifer Stradtman
  • Kitty Pilarz
  • Joan Lawrence
  • Carter Keithley
  • Secretary Michael O. Leavitt
  • Dr. John H. Marburger, III
  • Arden Bement
  • Emily L. Walker
Workforce Development and Innovation Award

The Workforce Development and Innovation Award recognizes exemplary accredited credentialing bodies, or an individual associated with an accredited certification body, that significantly impact workforce development in the United States. The recipient organization or individual will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Providing a credentialing solution to prepare workers/learners for skilled and professional jobs
  • Fostering partnerships and collaborations with government, industry, and employers to develop the skilled workforce they need for business growth and competitiveness
  • Developing innovative practices to improve the quality of the credentialing program
  • Fostering innovation that builds economic value and addresses the skills gap in the United States
Recipients of ANSI Workforce Development and Innovation Award have been:
  • National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)
Maureen Breitenberg Conformity Assessment Research Medal

The Maureen Breitenberg Conformity Assessment Research Medal honors distinguished research in the field of conformity assessment. Published research papers or articles from business, industry, government, academic, or non-profit professionals that illuminate the importance of conformance in providing confidence in standards compliance, improving the health and safety of Americans, and strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. business in the global marketplace will be considered.

The award is named for the late Maureen Breitenberg, a valued leader and contributor to ANSI and the greater standards and conformity assessment community, who passed away in 2010. Ms. Breitenberg served as senior economist in the Standards Services Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). A prodigious author, her widely referenced publications on certification, conformity assessment, laboratory accreditation, and U.S. and international standardization activities have been recognized as primers for anyone entering these fields.

Recipients of the Maureen Breitenberg Conformity Assessment Research Medal have been:
  • Lisa Carnahan
  • Amy Phelps
George S. Wham Leadership Medal

The George S. Wham Leadership Medal honors outstanding contributions by an individual who has provided direction and long-range planning to the ANSI standards federation in commitment and support of the national and/or international standards system or in a specific area of voluntary standardization.

The award is named in honor of Dr. George S. Wham, technical director at Good Housekeeping magazine, who has served as a past chairman of ANSI’s Board of Directors and who was a member of the Board for more than a decade. It was Dr. Wham’s leadership and vision that initiated the establishment of ANSI’s long-range strategic planning process, which enabled ANSI to respond to increasing challenges of the global standards community. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Wham chaired ANSI’s Consumer Interest Council and ANSI’s Coordinating Board on Textiles, and also led numerous delegations to international meetings on textile standardization. In addition, Dr. Wham has served on advisory committees of the U. S. Department of Agriculture and the National Academy of Sciences and has been active in the American Association of Textiles, Chemists and Colorists, ASTM, and Underwriters Laboratories. Dr. Wham was the first individual to receive this prestigious award.

Recipients of the George S. Wham Leadership Medal have been:
  • Captain Scott Colburn
  • Neil Bogatz
  • Mary Logan
  • James Pauley
  • James Thomas
  • Maureen Brodoff
  • Laura Hitchcock
  • Robert W. Noth
  • Mary H. Saunders
  • George Arnold
  • Stephen Oksala
  • Dr. Mary C. McKiel
  • Dr. John V. Bergen
  • Oliver R. Smoot
  • Nina McClelland
  • Frank M. Coda
  • Robert J. Hermann
  • Nancy Kippenhan
  • C. Reuben Autery
  • Richard J. Schulte
  • H. Glenn Ziegenfuss
  • Anthony R. O'Neill
  • Gerald H. Ritterbusch
  • Dr. Dennis Bodson
  • James N. Pearse
  • Richard S. Fisch
  • Steven M. Spivak
  • William T. Birge
  • George S. Wham
Thomson Electrotechnology Medal

The Elihu Thomson Electrotechnology Medal honors an individual who has contributed in an exceptional, dedicated way to the field of electrotechnology standardization, conformity assessment and related activities both at the national and international levels.

The selection of a recipient for this medal will be primarily based on the individual’s leadership accomplishments within the electrotechnology standardization and/or conformity assessment field via the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the U.S. National Committee of the IEC, and/or other such bodies.

The creation of the Elihu Thomson Electrotechnology Medal was recommended by the USNC. 2007 marks the first year that nominations have been accepted for this award.

Recipients of the Thomson Electrotechnology Medal have been:
  • Mark Earley
  • Sonya Bird
  • Ronald H. Reimer
  • Ralph M. Showers, PhD
  • Charles C. Packard
  • John Rennie
  • Joseph L. Koepfinger
  • Jack Wells
  • Don Heirman
  • Alec McMillan
  • James Matthews
  • John Goodsell
  • Lawrence Farr
Gerald H. Ritterbusch Conformity Assessment Medal

The Gerald H. Ritterbusch Conformity Assessment Medal honors distinguished service in promoting the understanding and application of conformity assessment methods as a means of providing confidence in standards compliance for the marketplace.

The award is named for Gerald H. Ritterbusch, retired director of standards and regulations at Caterpillar. There, he led standards development efforts in the earth-moving industry which included chairmanship of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 127, Earth-moving machinery. In addition, Mr. Ritterbusch made many contributions to ANSI governance through long-standing service on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and the Company Member Forum. A stalwart champion in the formative years of ANSI’s Accreditation Programs and voice of industry needs, he was chairman of ANSI’s Board Committee on Conformity Assessment (precursor of today’s Conformity Assessment Policy Committee) as well as chairman of the Joint Oversight Board of the ANSI-RAB National Accreditation Program (predecessor to the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB)). Mr. Ritterbusch was also the recipient of the Howard Coonley Medal in 2002.

2010 was the first year that nominations were accepted for this award.

Recipients of the Ritterbusch Conformity Assessment Medal have been:
  • Paul Moliski
  • Randy Dougherty
  • Steven T. Margis
  • Jay Pendergrass
  • William S. Hurst
  • Timothy Duffy
  • Patricia Gleason
  • Richard Church
  • Peter Unger
  • Gordon Gillerman
  • Keith A. Mowryv
  • Gerald H. Ritterbusch
Edward Lohse Information Technology Medal

The Edward Lohse Information Technology Medal honors an individual who has participated in the development of information technology standards both at the national and international levels, demonstrated leadership in the promotion of such standards within the information technology standards community and fostered cooperation among the bodies involved in global standardization.

Mr. Edward Lohse was instrumental in the founding of the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS), formerly known as Accredited Stanadards Committee X3 - Information Processing Systems) and ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1- Information Technology, and was a recognized leader within the Information Technology Industry Council, Electronics Industries Association, Association of Computing Machinery, International Telecommunications Union, Society of Automotive Engineers and the American National Standards Institute. One of his major accomplishments, contributing to his being awarded the Astin-Polk International Standards Medal, was the fostering of close cooperation among the CCITT (International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee of the International Telecommunications Union), ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission).

Recipients of the Edward Lohse Information Technology Medal have been:
  • Philip Wennblom
  • Paul Jeran
  • Masood Shariff
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Gary Schrempp
  • Gary Robinson
  • Patrick Grother
  • Thomas F. Frost
  • David K. Michael
  • Scott Jameson
  • Catherine J. Tilton
  • Karen Higginbottom
  • Herbert Bertine
  • Albert B. Brazauski
  • Richard L. Pescatore
  • Michael Hogan
  • Donald R. Deutsch
  • Joseph S. DeBlasi
  • Joel B. Urman
  • Stephen P. Oksala
  • Mary Anne Lawler
  • Donald C. Loughry
  • Richard B. Gibson
  • Robert H. Follett
  • Robert E. Rountree, Jr.
  • Marvin W. Bass
  • John R. Aschenbrenner
Finegan Standards Medal

The Finegan Standards Medal honors an individual, not necessarily an executive, who has shown extraordinary leadership in the actual development and application of voluntary standards.

The Standards Medal was renamed in 1985 for Richard J. Finegan, vice-president of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, who for more than a decade provided leadership and strong support to ANSI and the voluntary standards system. Mr. Finegan helped determine Institute policy and programs as a long-standing member of ANSI’s Board of Directors. He served as vice-chairman, vice-president, a member of the Executive Committee, and chairman of the Board Finance Committee. He was also elected honorary chairman of the Board in recognition of his outstanding service. The Finegan Standards Medal, named in his honor, encourages others to give the same caliber of exceptional leadership.

Recipients of the Finegan Standards Medal have been:
  • Bill Lawrence
  • Allison Barnard Feeney
  • William Berger
  • Kenneth Gettman
  • Steve Whitesell
  • John Oblak
  • Aimee McKane
  • Damian J. Kotecki, Ph.D.
  • Richard DeBlasio
  • Albert (Chip) Pudims
  • David L. McQuaid
  • Alec McMillan
  • Daniel Roley
  • Ronald Petersen
  • Mark K. Eyer
  • Richard D. Gast
  • Donald Heirman
  • Frederick Bauer
  • Gerald Peterson
  • Arthur K. Reilly
  • Charles L. Berestecky
  • Dr. Mel Woinsky
  • John A. Blair
  • Dr. Howard I. Forman
  • Richard G. Biermann
  • Melvin R. Meyerson
  • Richard Charles Sogge
  • Thomas F. Bresnahan
  • A. Ivan Johnson
  • William L. Barth
  • Richard A. Hudnut
  • Allen V. Astin
  • William P. Kliment
  • John L. Bennett
  • William H. Gourlie
  • John R. Townsend
  • Henry L. Marchese
  • Elmer O. Mattocks
  • Charles R. Harte
  • Howard P. Michener
  • William A. McAdams
  • James G. Morrow
  • Edward C. Sommer
  • Virgil M. Graham
  • John Gaillard
  • Walter L. Harding
  • Willis S. MacLeod
  • Perry L. Houser
  • Carl E. Rawlins
  • Samuel H. Watson
  • Frank O. Hoagland
  • A. Allan Bates
  • Paul Arnold
  • Paul Gough Agnew
Howard Coonley Medal

The Howard Coonley Medal honors an executive who has rendered great service to the national economy through voluntary standardization and who has given outstanding support to standardization as a management tool.

This award was named for Howard Coonley, who for many years was president and chairman of the Board of the Walworth Company. He served three terms as president of ANSI, then known as the American Standards Association, and twenty-two years on its Board of Directors. In 1946, he was elected first president of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Because of his long and outstanding service to the voluntary standards system, the medal was not only named for him, but he was its first recipient.

Recipients of the Howard Coonley Medal have been:
  • Christian Dubay
  • James E. Matthews III
  • Sharon Stanford
  • Colin Church
  • Paraskevas (Paris) Stavrianidis
  • August Schaefer
  • Cynthia Fuller
  • Edwin Piñero
  • Robert A. Williams
  • Frank K. Kitzantides
  • Gregory Saunders
  • Dr. Belinda L. Collins
  • Dan Bart
  • Donald Mader
  • Malcolm O’Hagan
  • Richard Green
  • Henry Line
  • Gerald Ritterbusch
  • G. Thomas Castino
  • Brian D.Unter
  • Edward R. Kelly
  • Ronald Jones
  • Dr. Arati Prabhakar
  • James H. Turner
  • James H. Burrows
  • James Harold Footed
  • C. Thomas Sawyer
  • Vincent Goubeau
  • John W. Landis
  • Francis K. McCune
  • John Robert Suman
  • Bernard H. Falk
  • Miles N. Clair
  • Roger E. Gay
  • Jack Bono
  • Ernst Weber
  • F.S. Blackall, Jr.
  • George S. Wham
  • Frank H. Roby
  • Harold S. Osborne
  • Frank J. Feely, Jr.
  • Earl W. Swett
  • Thomas D. Jolly
  • Allen F. Rhodes
  • F.S.G. Williams
  • Ralph E. Flanders
  • Baron Whitaker
  • Francis L. LaQue
  • William L. Batt
  • Roy P. Trowbridge
  • Louis F. Polk
  • Herbert Hoover
Astin-Polk International Standards Medal

The Astin-Polk International Standards Medal honors distinguished service in promoting trade and understanding among nations through personal participation in the advancement, development, or administration of international standardization, measurements, or certification.

The award is named for the late Dr. Allen V. Astin and Dr. Louis F. Polk, Sr., outstanding advocates of international standardization and measurement, who were closely associated with the development of science and engineering and in improving national and international metrology. Dr. Astin retired from the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) in 1969 after thirty-seven years on the staff, seventeen of them as director. Dr. Polk was chairman of the U.S. Metric board. Because of their distinguished contributions, Dr. Astin and Dr. Polk were the first recipients of this award.

Recipients of the Astin-Polk International Standards Medal have been:
  • Renee Hancher
  • David Bergman
  • James M. Shannon
  • Wayne Morris
  • Philip Piqueira
  • Mary C. McKiel
  • John Siemon
  • Judith L. Gorman
  • James E. Matthews III
  • Ileana Martinez
  • June Ling
  • Helen Delaney
  • Kathleen Riley Kono
  • Steven Seeker
  • Charles H. Piersall
  • Frank K. Kitzantides
  • R. David Thomas
  • Lawrence D. Eicher
  • Lawrence L. Wills
  • John E. Kean
  • Ronald H. Reimer
  • Bernard H. Falk
  • John A. Hinds
  • Howard Reymers
  • William E. Vannah
  • Olle Sturen
  • John W. Stanford
  • Edward Lohse
  • Karl S. Geiges
  • Ralph M. Showers
  • William B. Kelly, Jr.
  • Nikolaus Ludwig
  • Donald C. Fleckenstein
  • L. John Rankine
  • Francis L. LaQue

Eligibility | of Candidates and Sponsors

Representatives of industry, government, academia, consumer organizations, and the U.S. voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment community, with the exception of current officers of ANSI’s Board of Directors, are considered eligible for an award.