The Gordon Johnson Award
Established in 1994, The Gordon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award is given on an as-needed basis to honor an
individual who has devoted his career to the betterment of the Association and the industry. This “Member Emeritus”
award is only given to such individuals who have retired from the industry and whom the Association feels deserve
the title of “member for life.” The award is named in honor of—and was first given to—Past EGSA President Gordon
Johnson, whose name has become synonymous with EGSA.
Johnson was employed by Kohler Co. as a Senior Staff Engineer in its Generator Division and was highly active in EGSA
for well over two decades. He chaired the Engineering Committee (1973-77) and won the Carpenter Award in 1975.
He served as Director (1977-80), Secretary-Treasurer (1981), Second Vice President (1982), First Vice President (1983)
and President (1984). After his retirement from Kohler Co. he extended his career in the industry by serving as EGSA
Technical Advisor (1997-1999).
Recipients of The Gordon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award
2007 — Ken Niekamp
2003 — Herb Daugherty
2002 — Ike Davidson
2001 — Arthur Coren
2000 — Tom Richards
1999 — Don Panetta
1996 — Martin W. Bever
1996 — Roy Brewer
1996 — Glynn Burchette
1996 — William Divin
1996 — Edward G. Goodpaster
1996 — Al Groethe
1996 — Ed Hannum
1996 — Lawrence Hogrebe
1996 — Henry Kadavy
1996 — Bill McCall
1996 — Ed Newell
1996 — Glenn Reist
1996 — James Shore
1996 — Georg Stromme
1996 — Herbert Whittall
1994 — John Ford
The Wright Award
Wright received his BS in Nautical Science from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, L.I., NY. He was
employed by Lima Electric Co, Inc. in various Generator Sales and Engineering positions from 1968-1986 when Marathon
Electric Mfg. Corp. acquired Lima Electric Co. He has been with Marathon since the acquisition of Lima in 1986, and is
still employed with Marathon as a Sr. Product Engineer - Generators.
chaired the Education Committee (1985-94). He also served as Secretary-Treasurer (1987), Second Vice President (1988),
First Vice President (1989) and President (1990). He was awarded The Timmler Award in 1989 for his work with the
Education Committee and won the Carpenter Award in 1992. He has served with the EGSA On-Site Power Generation
School from its inception in 1983 to date. He is the author of two chapters of the EGSA On-Site Power Reference Guide
(2nd, 3rd and 4th Editions). He has been a featured speaker at a number of national and regional conventions and technical
conferences, and he has written a number of technical articles for EGSA’s Powerline magazine.
, Jim has been very involved in EGSA for decades having served on the Technical & Standards Committee (1973-78) and
Recipients of The James Wright Educator Award
2008 — Terry Gaines, Basler Electric
2006 — Dennis Roundtree, On-Site Power Inc.
2003 — Michael Pope,Volvo Penta of the Americas
2002 — David Alley, ANNA, Inc.
2000 — Herb Daugherty, ASCO Power Technologies
2000 — Roman Gawlowski, Detroit Diesel