Reception and Awards Honor Outstanding Service of National Electrical Code Committee Members

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on Jun 19, 2019

A reception, dinner, and awards night was held Tuesday night at NFPA Conference & Expo in San Antonio, meant to congratulate and thank several National Electrical Code committee members for their outstanding service.

First up, the newest NEC Quarter Century Club recipients were honored, to all of those who have been involved with the NEC for 25 years or more. These awards were presented by NFPA Senior Principal Engineer and NEC Staff Liaison, Mark Earley. There were 15 eligible committee members this year, including:


            Ward I. Bower

James E. Brunssen

Julian R. Burns

Carl Fredericks

Barry N. Hornberger

Robert E. Johnson

Robert A. Jones

John R. Kovacik

Ronald Lai

Michael S. O’Boyle

James F. Pierce

Steven R. Terry

Lawrence E. Todd

Mark C. Wirfs

Michael L. Zieman


Then, the Richard G. Biermann National Electrical Code Outstanding Volunteer Award was bestowed, as a surprise, to NFPA’s Mark W. Earley (presented by NFPA President Jim Pauley) for outstanding accomplishments in the development, promotion or advancement of the National Electrical Code. This award intends to recognize an outstanding volunteer who has demonstrated a commitment in actively contributing to the advancement of the NEC through furthering the development of the NEC and/or promoting the implementation of the NEC.  Mark has worked for NFPA since 1986, and has served as staff liaison and Secretary to the NEC Correlating Committee since 1989, making him extremely well-deserving of this award.


The award was created in 2016 to honor the memory of Richard G. Biermann, former chair of the NEC Correlating Committee.  Mr. Biermann’s service on the NEC included serving as chair of Code-Making Panel 16 and as a member of several other CMPs.  He also served NFPA as a member of the Standards Council and as a member of the Board of Directors.  In 1995, Mr. Biermann received the Paul C. Lamb Award in recognition of his outstanding service to NFPA. 

Mr. Biermann, who represented the National Electrical Contractors Association, ran a successful electrical contracting business.  Yet, during his tenure as chair of the correlating committee, devoted at least one day per week to the National Electrical Code.  This award honors outstanding volunteerism on task groups, Code-Making Panels, the Correlating Committee, or promoting the adoption and application of the NEC during the membership adoption year of the NEC.


To close out the awards portion of the evening, Mark Early stood up once again, to present the dedication of the NEC 2020 Handbook. The handbook was dedicated to Donald R. Cook, Chief Electrical Inspector, Shelby County Department of Development Services in Pelham, Alabama. Donnie also currently serves as the Secretary of the NFPA Board of Directors.


Congratulations to all of this year’s awardees!