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


Andrew Banks

Andrew Banks

Founder, Talent2 International, and Shark, Shark Tank Australia

Jim Behmke

Jim Behmke

Founder, Behmke Innovation Group LLC; Founder and CEO of Behmke Ventures LLC

Shravan Bharadwaj

Shravan Bharadwaj

Manager, New Enclosure Technologies, Apple, Inc.

Sandhiprakash Bhide

Sandhiprakash Bhide

President, Anwaya Consulting LLC

Frank Bonafilia

Frank Bonafilia

Executive Director, The Edison Awards and Co-founder Lewis Latimer Fellowship

Stephen H. Carr

Stephen H. Carr

Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University

Maria De Capua

Maria De Capua

Porex Filtration Group Vice President, Biomedical Sciences

Jonathon Cropper

Jonathon Cropper

Founder, Futurlogic Advanced Concepts and Co-founder, Lewis Latimer Fellowship

Michael Docherty

Michael Docherty

Managing Partner, NextBig Inc. and author, Collective Disruption: How Corporations & Startups Can Co-Create Transformative New Businesses

Eric Egnet

Eric Egnet

Founder, CEO of Trendigm

Andrew Banks

Dr. Christine Gulbranson

CEO, Christalis

David Holly

Senior Business Development Executive

David Hurst

Founder and CEO, Orbital Transports

Mark E. Jones

Mark E. Jones

Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow (Senior Research Fellow), The Dow Chemical Company

Sandra Kauanui, Ph. D.

Sandra Kauanui

Director, Daveler & Kauanui School of Entrepreneurship; Professor of Entrepreneurship, Florida Gulf Coast University

Rob Manes

Rob Manes

Vice President, Edison Universe Board; Director of Business Development, Edison Awards

Kevin McGinnis

President and Chief Executive Officer, Keystone Community Corporation

Hari Nair

Chief Design Strategist, Design for Winning LLC and Professor, Savannah College of Art and Design

Clinton O. Robinson, P.E.

Clinton O. Robinson

Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch Corporation

Tom Stutesman

Thomas Stutesman

Principal Solution Architect, Pure Storage

Chris Vazzana

Chris Vazzana

CEO/Entrepreneur

Diana Zhou

Diana Zhou

Venture Partner, Eclipse Ventures

Calvin Hodock

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

Kenneth D. Gray

Kenneth D. Gray

EMERITUS
Director Emeritus, Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired; President, Gray Ventures, LLC; Member, Bradley University Mechanical Engineering Alumni Advisory Council

Walter Herbst

Walter Herbst

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