Born in Chicago, Harris graduated from Purdue University with honors (Dean's List, Pi Tau Sigma) with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to attend Harvard Graduate School of Business, where he received a MBA.
With a solid academic foundation, he began his career working for Standard Oil Company as a project engineer in 1975. He moved on to Ford and held various positions including a quality supervisor and production supervisor in 1979. He later started his own entrepreneurial venture, Sonoma Ford Lincoln/Mercury, where he served as CEO.
In 1992 he became a marketing manager for Pacific Gas & Electric, Russian River Division. Rising through the ranks quickly he became the vice-president, marketing and Sales in 1995, and vice president business customer service by 1996. Currently, he is the Vice President of National Account Services at PG&E Energy Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of PG&E Corporation.
NSBE is still close to Harris, and he sits on the NSBE National Advisory Board, counseling the current NSBE National Executive Board with governance issues. He is active in the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC). Harris also sits on the Board of Directors of the Oakland Museum of California, the Santa Clara Valley Manufacturer's Group.
Harris is currently married and resides in California with his wife Angela and sons Anthony and Alexander.
Harris began his professional career in 1975 with Amoco Chemicals Corporation as a project engineer for the engineering group. Following project assignments in Houston Texas, he was reassigned to the corporate headquarters in Chicago, joining the sales department as the Midwest regional sales representative. After five years with Amoco, Harris established his own firm specializing in general construction. He is currently a general partner in Progressive Development & Associates, a construction management firm and owner of a commercial and residential painting company.
Harris, a native of Chicago is married and resides in Evanston, Illinois. The great sense of pride Harris feels being one of the catalysts of NSBE is surpassed only by the tremendous growth NSBE has realized.
Harris earned a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Purdue University.
Stanley L. Kirtley
Kirtley is currently vice President Client Community relations for ASC Services Company L.L.C. in Chicago. His current responsibilities include business development corporate communications, marketing and public relations. ASC is a $160M architectural/engineering design and construction management firm. ASC manages Ameritech's construction program.
Previously, Kirtley held various assignments in real estate, design and construction, and purchasing at Ameritech over 14 years. He also worked at Ford and Procter and Gamble.
He is a member of the International Facilities Management Association and is on the Board of Directors for the American Kidney Fund in Washington, D.C. He is also active as a board member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Glenwood, is an advisory board member for the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue, in addition to serving as a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Purdue Chapter of NSBE. Kirtley is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Kirtley earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue and a MBA with Distinction in Marketing from Keller Graduate School of Management.
George A. Smith
Upon graduating from Purdue, Smith joined General Electric as a Process Control Engineer. In 1978 he moved to Hewlett Packard and launched a successful career as a Field Sales Engineer. By 1985 he had won many awards and was promoted to District Sales Manager. Smith earned the HP President's Club Award, the highest recognition offered at HP. The award was presented to Smith personally by HP founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard.
In 1992, Smith fulfilled a lifelong dream and started his own business, the Sales Process Consulting Company. His firm studies the best business practices from Fortune 500 company sales forces, analyzes opportunities to apply information technology and conducts process analysis training workshops.
Smith is most proud of the two groundbreaking business improvement books he authored, Sales Productivity Measurement and The Sales Quality Audit. Both are published by the American Society of Quality. Smith received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Purdue.
John W. Logan, Jr.
John Logan graduated from Purdue with a B.S. Civil Engineering in 1975. Logan was Vice President at the 1st National Convention. He was killed in an industrial accident at Amoco Oil Refinery in Houston, TX in 1986.
Until his untimely death, Logan continued his affiliation with NSBE by participating in National Conferences and working diligently to assist Amoco's minority engineering recruitment efforts.
Purdue University's Minority Engineering Program and The Amoco Foundation established the John Logan Memorial Scholarship fund in his honor.
His wife Marilyn, son John Wesley Logan, III, mother Martha and his sister Etelka, survives him.
Dr. Arthur Bond
Dr. Bond, joined Alabama A&M as Dean of Engineering and Technology in August 1992 after having served as Professor and head of the Electrical Engineering Department at Tuskegee University since 1989.
While at Tuskegee, he was a member of SYTHESIS Coalition of eight engineering schools sharing a $15.3 million National Science Foundation grant to upgrade engineering programs and increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities in engineering.
Dr. Bond is a tireless advocate for quality engineering education for minorities. As a result of his efforts, AAMU is the only university in the country to have a directed verdict that ordered new engineering programs. The verdict came out of a long running desegregation lawsuit against the State of Alabama. In May 1999, AAMU will graduate its first class from the new Electrical and Mechanical Engineering programs.
Prior to Tuskegee, Dr. Bond worked in commercial industry for AlliedSignal, Hughes, TRW and Union Carbide in capacities ranging from electronics research technician through research and development engineer/scientist.
Dr. Bond received his B.S. MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He is the recipient of the ASEE Vincent Bendix Award, the NACME Reginald H. Jones Award and the Huntsville Association of Technical Societies as AAMU's Professor of the Year. He is married to Carolyn Duvall and they recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.