From staff reports
Michael G. Pence, a Joplin resident and business leader, has been awarded the 2013 EASA Exceptional Achievement Service Award, which recognizes an individual who has provided exceptional service to the electrical apparatus sales and service industry over a lifetime.
The award was presented June 30 at Las Vegas during the annual meeting of the Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA), an international trade organization with headquarters in St. Louis.
“It is the highest honor an individual can receive from our association,” said Linda J. Raynes, president of EASA. “We view it as our Nobel Prize for achievement and success.”
Pence, former owner of Electric Motor Supply Inc., of Joplin, has more than 50 years of experience in the electromechanical sales and service industry. He purchased Electric Motor Supply in 1971 after working as a sales engineer for a leading manufacturer of electric motors. He received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1960 from Purdue University.
He is an advisory director of U.S. Bank in Joplin and serves on the board’s oft he Joplin Industrial Development Authority, the Missouri Southern State University Foundation, the Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center, and Joplin Tomorrow.
Pence was named the “Outstanding Citizen” of the year in 1994 by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.