BCI Distinguished Service Award

The BCI Distinguished Service Award is BCI’s highest honor recognizing individuals who have made a sustained, long-term, and meaningful contribution to the advancement of both the association and the battery industry.

BCI Distinguished Service Award

The BCI Distinguished Service Award is BCI’s highest honor recognizing individuals who have made a sustained, long-term, and meaningful contribution to the advancement of both the association and the battery industry.

Individuals who have demonstrated outstanding mentorship of trainees, provided noteworthy service to the community and/or contributed to the diversity and inclusion of the field will also be recognized.

BCI’s Quarter Century Club will review all submitted nominations and present any recommended recipients to the BCI Board of Directors for consideration and final selection.

Recipients of this award will be invited to submit an accompanying article to be published on the BatteryCouncil.org website within two months of the award presentation, with an accompanying recognition of the individual’s contributions to the association and industry.

Congratulations to the 2024 Recipients!

These inspiring individuals will be formally honored as part of the association’s 100th Anniversary celebrations at the 2024 BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo, April 21-24 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Bob Flicker, East Penn Manufacturing, Retired
Bob Flicker

East Penn Manufacturing, Retired

Bob joined East Penn as an Engineering Technician in 1972, where he served in various engineering leadership roles until becoming Executive Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing in 1994. He then assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer in 2014 until his retirement from East Penn in 2022 after 50 years of service.

Worldwide acceptance of the BCI group numbering system could not have happened without Bob Flicker and his decade- long chairmanship of the Data Book Committee. He was knowledgeable about the issues and had the respect of the technical committee members throughout the process – and in fact, Bob also served as Chairman of BCI’s technical committee for over 10 years.

Hal Hawk, Crown Battery
Hal Hawk

Crown Battery

Hal Hawk is the President of Crown Battery and has been a part of the organization’s success for over 40 years.

Hal has been a fixture of the BCI Board of Directors since 1999 and currently is the longest-serving current member on the Board. Hal also served as President of BCI from 2006-2008. Hal was a key leader at BCI as the members of the Independent Battery Manufacturers Association (IBMA) were integrated into the organization.

He has served as BCI Convention Chair for more than two decades, is the Chair of the BCI Quarter Century Club, and is a devoted leader of the annual BCI Golf Tournament. He also continues to be active on numerous other BCI committees.

Roger Winslow, Voltmaster, retired
Roger Winslow

Voltmaster, Retired

Roger Winslow purchased Voltmaster in 1957, investing in his hometown of Corydon, Iowa, and leading that firm and other key battery industry suppliers for more than five decades.

In the mid-1960s, Roger led the formation of the modern BCI Group Size system, and was instrumental in the formation of the BCI Data Book Committee and the continued publication of this valuable industry resource. Roger served as president of BCI from 1986-1988, and was also president of the Independent Battery Manufacturers from 1973-1975. He served on the BCI Board of Directors for roughly three decades until 2006, and as a Board Member Emeritus until 2012.

Past Recipients

Distinguished Service Award

2021: Howard Meyers

2020: David Weinberg

 

Honorary Lifetime Membership

2002: DeLight Breidegam

1997: Harvey Gershenson

1985: Peter Aspinall

1976: Charles H. Allen

1970: Bernie Steiner

1970: Walton Smith

1970: Norman R. Farsje

1958: Edward T. Foote

1956: Robert L. Sommerville

1956: Vernon L. Smithers

1955: Dan H. Kelly

1955: Benjamin F. Morris

1945: L.B.F. Raycroft

 

Join the Quarter Century Club

Applications for membership in BCI’s Quarter Century Club are open year-round, but applications must be received prior to February 28th, 2024 to receive an invitation to the members-only breakfast at the BCI Convention. Membership is open to any individual with 25 or more years of full-time service to the battery industry. Service need not be continuous. New inductees are expected to be either a current employee of a current BCI member company or retired (exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis). Individuals can apply to join the Quarter Century Club here.

 

 

Please contact info@batterycouncil.org with any questions related to the Distinguished Service Award.

 

 

Dr. John Uhrie, Doe Run

With improved cooperation among stakeholders, increased research funding, and by following the circular economy example of lead batteries, the U.S. can regain domestic supply chain security and advance a low-carbon and renewable energy future.

Dr. John Uhrie, Vice President of Exploration, Research and Technical Development, The Doe Run Company