NMEA Names Technician of the Year

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has named Steve Wallace, Service Manager of Lunde Marine Electronics, Seattle, WA, the 2009 NMEA Technician of the Year.

The award, recognizing some of the best marine electronics technicians, was presented at the NMEA's Convention & Expo in Fort Myers, FL two weeks ago.

“The NMEA Technician of the Year award recognizes technicians who are at the absolute top of their game,” said David Hayden, NMEA's President and Executive Director.  “We are very pleased this year's award has been made to Steve Wallace.”

Wallace's experience includes serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, followed by his employment at Lunde in 1981. He began his career as an electronics technician and was promoted to the position of Lunde's service manager.  Wallace now directs a team that includes eight technicians with FCC licenses and five who are NMEA CMETs (Certified Marine Electronics Technician). His team also includes two electrical engineers and eight CMET sub-contractors (installers). Wallace has worked on projects in recreational, commercial, and fishing fleets in Canada, Alaska, Washington, Alabama, Norway, South America and Asia.

“Steve has performed exceptional work throughout his career,” said Greg Whittle, owner of Ocean Systems Inc., Everett, WA, who nominated Wallace.  “His customer service skills are tops and he has the ability to troubleshoot virtually any marine electronics system.”