As vice president of marketing for Calpine Corporation headquartered in San Jose, California, Mr. Harris is responsible for brand management, marketing strategy development and execution, new product development, advertising and sales training for Calpine. This includes all business lines involving wholesale and retail electric power; on-site utilities; engineering, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance; turbine parts and maintenance agreements; merchant
energy services; critical reliability products; and information technology services. Before joining Calpine, Mr. Harris was vice president of National Account Services and Western Region sales at PG&E Energy Services in San Francisco. He has also been vice president of marketing and sales for Pacific Gas & Electric Company.
Mr. Harris’ varied background includes several stints of entrepreneurship. He has been president and CEO of a Silicon Valley start-up venture, StyleChoice.com. He has also been president and CEO of Sonoma Ford/Lincoln Mercury, a $12 million automobile dealership. Mr. Harris is a founder of the National Society of Black Engineers and currently serves on its National Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, and serves on the board of directors of the Oakland Museum of California. He earned his BS in mechanical engineering from Purdue in 1975 and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1979. He was named a Purdue Outstanding Mechanical Engineer in 1999.
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.
Edward A. Coleman
Coleman is currently Manager of Wireless Data Strategy and Product Management for Lucent Technologies. After graduating from Purdue, he joined Standard Oil of Indiana as a refinery engineer. Later he joined AT&T in 1979. Assignments with the company have included stints with NCR and now, Lucent Technologies. His responsibilities have included sales support, project management, product management, and software development for various network communications and computer products.
Coleman is also the President of the Board of Directors of the Hope Fair Housing Center, and is active in other civic organizations. He was a founder of the AT&T Horizons program for counseling high school students. Coleman is married, father of one and enjoys working out, golf and photography. Born and raised in Chicago, Coleman received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA from DePaul University.
Stanley L. Kirtley (Deceased)
Kirtley was Vice President Client Community relations for ASC Services Company L.L.C. in Chicago. His responsibilities included 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 was a member of the International Facilities Management Association and was on the Board of Directors for the American Kidney Fund in Washington, D.C. He was also active as a board member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Glenwood, was 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. (Deceased)
[not pictured] 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, Ph.D.
[not pictured] 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. 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.