AHC Group Senior Associate
Steve is the former Global Director of Whirlpool Corporation’s environment, health, and safety management system, having retired after 33 years of service, including over 22 years as the senior EHS professional for the Corporation. All but four of his years with Whirlpool were directly or indirectly involved with HSE responsibilities at the research, manufacturing, and corporate leadership levels. During Steve’s EHS leadership at Whirlpool, he led the transition from a reactive U.S. environmental management system to a global, integrated EHS governance process, viewed by several international consultants and acquired businesses to be more robust and effective than the ISO 14000 standards.
The four years with Whirlpool, which only tangentially related to EHS, involved coordinating and developing a $120 million long range capital improvement plan for one of Whirlpool’s manufacturing plants, and leading a department with plant-wide focus to improve plant productivity. This experience provided a greater understanding of business issues that were very applicable to EHS leadership.
Prior to Whirlpool, Steve had seven years of experience working for NASA both as an undergraduate student and then as aerospace scientist. His primary responsibility involved research and development of regenerative life support systems for long duration manned space flights at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. He was also the lead engineer in the initial development and testing of a zero-gravity shower for the International Space Station.
Steve graduated with honors from Virginia Tech University with a B.S. in Engineering Mechanics, and from Vanderbilt University with an M.S. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering and the recipient of a Whirlpool Fellowship in Environmental Studies. Steve is a registered professional engineer in the State of Ohio. He chaired the Environmental Council consisting of over 50 member companies for the Manufacturers Alliance in the mid-1990s. He also chaired Annual Campaign and then the Board of the United Way of Sandusky County, Ohio, in the early 1980s.