Eaton Honors 2013 Stover Award Winners

Date: July 22, 2013

Employees recognized across four countries for outstanding community service; demonstrate Eaton’s commitment to strong, sustainable communities.

CLEVELAND… Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton announced the 2013 winners for its annual Stover Award. The honor recognizes employees who demonstrate Eaton’s commitment to sustainable growth by improving local communities. This year’s recipients are from the U.S., India, Europe, Puerto Rico and Taiwan. The award is 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.

“Healthy communities are a vital component of Eaton's commitment to sustainability,” said Barry Doggett, senior vice president – Public and Community Affairs. “Our seven honorees demonstrate a common desire to aid those less fortunate. Their efforts on behalf of children, the elderly and those in need in rural communities exemplify the spirit of Jim Stover and the vision and values of Eaton.”

Over 100 employees have been awarded the Stover Award since 1993. Employees must have served for at least one year as a volunteer in a health, human services, education, arts, cultural or civic organization. Selection criteria includes the impact of the employee's involvement in terms of change and improvement in both the organization and the community as well as the nominee’s leadership or demonstrated dedication to his or her organization.

2013 Honorees

  • Teresa Curvin, OPEX specialist in Cleveland, Tenn., spends more than 200 hours volunteering each year with organizations like the Society of Women Engineers, Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army.
  • Pankaj Kokate, senior human resource analyst in Pune, India, volunteers with a number of agencies working to improve rural and tribal developments in India.  
  • Konrad Kraft, senior sales representative in Europe spends his vacations working to improve rural communities in Nepal, South Asia.  Recently, he used his technical background to bring electricity to areas that did not have it.
  • Sanjeev Krishnan, stock room supervisor in Pune, India, focuses his volunteer work on educational programs for underprivileged children in the tribal area of Jharkhand, India. Three schools are now teaching 350 children who are first generation learners.
  • William A. Ruiz, set up operator in Coamo, Puerto Rico, volunteers 25 hours a week with Ponce V.D.C., an organization that uses baseball to help underprivileged children develop important life skills like self-esteem and self-discipline.
  • ZiLL JyunJhe Tsai, engineer in Taipei, Taiwan, volunteers as a guidance counselor at a junior high school, serves as a Sunday school teacher and drives children to rehabilitation appointments.
  • Herman L. Walls, maintenance technician in Jackson, Miss., regularly works in prison ministry programs and with the elderly.

For more information on how Eaton people contribute to the communities in which they live and work, visit

Eaton is a diversified power management company providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. A global technology leader, Eaton acquired Cooper Industries plc in November 2012. The 2012 revenue of the combined companies was $21.8 billion on a pro forma basis. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.

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