FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2010
CONTACT: Greta Houlahan
NSF’s James Lewis recognized at ASE’s annual meeting for his outstanding leadership, professionalism and contributions to the human resources field
(From left to right) Elizabeth Jones, NSF Vice President of Marketing; James Lewis, NSF Vice President of Human Resources; Mary E. Corrado, ASE President and CEO; Robert Marcin, ASE Chairman of the Board.
ANN ARBOR and DETROIT, Mich. – The American Society of Employers (ASE), a not-for-profit employer association serving Michigan's human resource community, has named NSF International’s Vice President of Human Resources James Lewis a 2010 “HR Executive of the Year” in the category of non-profit organizations with 500 or more employees. Lewis, who joined NSF in 1989 and has led Human Resources since 2004, was recognized for outstanding leadership, professionalism and contributions to the field of human resources.
Founded in Ann Arbor in 1944, NSF International is a not-for-profit public health and safety organization that writes national public health standards and tests and certifies products to help ensure the safety of the food supply, drinking water, nutritional supplements and consumer products, and to protect the environment. NSF has grown 250 percent during Lewis’ tenure as VP of Human Resources and his leadership has been instrumental in preparing the organization for this growth. With expertise in organizational development and strategic planning, Lewis has played an active role integrating seven acquisitions into the organization and establishing new offices in 15 countries.
In 2009, in support of NSF’s accelerated growth, Lewis launched the NSF Leadership Excellence and Advancement Program (LEAP) to help mid-level managers strengthen their leadership and management skills. Recognizing that NSF’s growth relies on new and innovative services, Lewis also launched NSF’s Innovation Program, which allows employees to create and present new business opportunities to senior management and then champion the initiative into implementation. The Innovation Program won the 2009 Arbor Award for Excellence from Eastern Michigan University and Arbor Consulting. Additional recognition for NSF includes being named a Crain’s Detroit Business “Coolest Place to Work” and the Ann Arbor Business Review’s “Company of the Year.”
"Jim’s leadership has played a leading role in NSF’s growth and success both in the U.S. and overseas,” said NSF International President and Chief Executive Officer Kevan P. Lawlor. “Jim has led a number of training and development initiatives to help prepare future generations of NSF leadership and his impact on our organization will be felt for many years to come.”
Lewis holds a Master of Science in international administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in business from Cleary University. He earned dual certification as both a Senior Professional and a Global Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resource Certification Institute. Lewis serves as a guest lecturer and advisory board member at the Professional Education Center at Eastern Michigan University's School of Business and also has served in an advisory role to a number of national groups including the HR Certification Institute, the National Organization for Competency Assurance, the Society for Human Resource Management and the American National Standards Institute.
“ASE’s HR Executive of the Year award is meant to recognize those special individuals who have dedicated their efforts to become outstanding HR executives within their organizations and industries,” said ASE President and CEO Mary E. Corrado. “Mr. Lewis was a truly outstanding candidate who stood out in every area that was evaluated for the award.”
About NSF International:
NSF International, an independent not-for-profit organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 120 countries. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.
With a focus on food, water, consumer product safety and the environment, NSF International develops consensus national standards, provides third-party conformity assessment services, and offers Education and Training services. NSF is widely recognized for its scientific and technical expertise in the health and environmental sciences. Its professional staff includes engineers, chemists, microbiologists, toxicologists, and environmental and public health professionals serving the needs of both public and private organizations.
Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, dietary and nutritional supplement certification and management systems registrations.