Eaton Honors 2014 Stover Award Winners

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

CLEVELAND… Power management company Eaton today announced the 2014 winners of 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., China, Australia and the U.K. 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, raising funds for disease research and addressing civic issues such as fire safety, hunger and homelessness exemplify the spirit of Jim Stover and the vision and values of Eaton.

More than 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 include the impact of the employee's involvement in terms of change and improvement in the organization and the community as well as the nominee’s leadership or demonstrated dedication to his or her organization.

2014 Honorees

  • Rona Balzer, inspector, Aerospace Group in Beltsville, Maryland, has worked for many years with Elizabeth House, which serves daily hot meals to prevent hunger and homelessness in Laurel, Maryland.
  • Diane Brown, manager, Property Tax, Corporate in Houston, Texas, has done the two-day, 175-mile bike ride from Houston to Austin for the Multiple Sclerosis Society for 14 years.
  • Keith Fishlock, goods-in supervisor, Electrical Sector in Highbridge, U.K., has been the treasurer for the Bridgewater and District Friends of Cancer Research organization for the last eight years and has led the group in new ideas to encourage more funds.
  • Sharon Robson, associate buyer, Electrical Sector, Asia-Pacific, in Stafford, Australia, has been involved with the Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer for several years and has participated in each of the organization’s 200-plus kilometer rides across Australia and New Zealand, raising thousands of dollars for the charity.
  • Katherine Syverson, manager, Environment, Health and Safety, Hydraulics Group in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, volunteers in many positions with the Boy Scouts of America. She is also a volunteer at the Eden Prairie Fire Department, Community Emergency Response Team and is a speaker and volunteer for EquipALife.
  • David Turley, district operations manager, Electrical Sector in Hurricane, West Virginia, has been a volunteer fireman for 28 years, and a fire station chief at two stations. He also volunteers for a community walk/run program and participates in fire prevention efforts at local schools.
  • Anne Yin, manager, Human Resources, Vehicle Group in Wuxi, China, is very active in education aid to poor students in primary schools. She is also involved with an organization that helps provide support for young children with critical diseases and their families.

For more information about Eaton people contributing to the communities in which they live and work, visit

Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

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