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Judy Darby accepts the Exceptional Achievement Service Award posthumously on behalf of her husband, Steve Darby, on June 26 at the 2011 Convention in Denver, CO.

E. Steve Darby

Recipient of the 2011 EASA Award

Steve Darby was a pioneer in the field of electric motor repair and his contributions to the electric motor service industry and his service to EASA are legendary.

Serving as an EASA volunteer, first as a chapter officer, then regional director, he later was elected International President (which we currently call chairman). He chaired and served on multiple committees, most particularly the Technical Services Committee for many years. Thus his dedication and commitment to EASA and its members were well known.

Darby’s contributions to our industry exemplify the notion of service. This commitment is evident in the nominating letters received.

For instance, one letter from a repair firm member read:

He pressed for high quality standards in our association, feeling that the trade would benefit by improving the image of its members. He never backed away from his convictions, which were bolstered by his firm’s methods and procedures, that standards should incorporate specific procedures and measurements, and that every effort should be made to make the necessary measurements and repairs to the standards we developed. He felt he got out far more from the organization than what he gave, and he certainly gave a lot. He was respected by Association members all around the U.S., and was a class act all the way. His reputation was an inspiration for all of us.

Another read nomination letter read:

During my time as EASA chairman, he was a mentor, helping me to stay focused on servicing and expanding the advancement of educating our members and industry at large. He often called or sent e-mails of encouragement and support. His personal touch certainly influenced my perspective of true leadership and commitment to service.

And yet another letter read:

He showed me, by example, what it means to be a member of EASA. His kind manner, his willingness to help, his intuitive entrepreneurial spirit all made me know that EASA was a group worth being a part of.

And finally:

He is still, to this day, an iconic symbol of the ideals and fundamentals of our association and industry.