Chris Curtis Accepts Bernard H. Falk Award

Chris Curtis Accepts Bernard H. Falk Award

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry.

Maryrose Sylvester, chairwoman of the 2016 NEMA Board of Governors, presents Chris Curtis with the Bernard H. Falk Award for his outstanding achievements in the electroindustry. Photo by Pierce Harmon

Culminating NEMA’s 90th Annual Membership Meeting, Christopher B. Curtis accepted the Bernard H. Falk Award, NEMA’s highest honor. The award recognizes individuals with outstanding achievements in technology, management, public affairs, and other fields important to the electroindustry.

Mr. Curtis, currently the CEO of Wencor Group and a senior adviser at Schneider Electric, a NEMA member company, was a member of the NEMA Board of Governors (BOG) from 2008 to 2014 and chaired the board in 2014–2015.

In making the announcement, NEMA President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff described his colleague as one who “exemplifies honor, commitment, dedication, and great character and is a steadfast supporter of the electroindustry.”

Throughout a long career with Schneider Electric, including as president of Schneider Electric USA, Mr. Curtis honed a reputation as a forward thinker. He held numerous positions in the United States and Canada, ranging from sales, marketing, and distribution to developing and implementing business strategies for products and services sold to original equipment manufacturers.

Mr. Curtis currently presides over the Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA) as chairman and currently serves as chairman of the board at Munters AB. During his tenure on the American Heart Association Board of Directors, he co-chaired the largest heart fundraising effort in the United States.

According to Michael W. Pessina, co-chief executive officer and president of Lutron Electronics Company, Inc., and incoming chairman of the NEMA BOG, Mr. Curtis demonstrates a unique leadership style in the industry, at NEMA, and with IDEA.

“Chris has the ability to understand strategy, and he never forgets about the different parties and influencers involved in making sure we get the best solution for everyone,” Mr. Pessina said.

Mr. Curtis recently summed up his approach to life with a line from the John Mellencamp song, “Peaceful World”: “If you are not part of the future, then get out of the way.”

Read the December 2016 issue of electroindustry

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