Ed Purvis, business leader of Emerson Climate Technologies (left), presents the Thomas E. Bettcher Community Service Award to Nate Stephenson.


Emerson Climate Technologies gave its annual Thomas E. Bettcher Community Service Award to Nate Stephenson, a senior project engineer in the semi-hermetic refrigeration group and an Army Reserve veteran.

Emerson says the award, named for the former Emerson Climate Technologies president and CEO, recognizes an employee whose excellence in community service reflects the legacy of leadership and sustained community involvement demonstrated by Tom Bettcher.

“I am honored to be awarded the second annual Thomas E. Bettcher Community Service Award,” Stephenson said. “My father always said, ‘Treat others the way you want to be treated.’

“I’m happy that by winning this award, others have become inspired and active in the many opportunities available to help those in need.

The award includes a grant that Stephenson directed to Houston Athletic Complex, Houston Ball Association, Hardin-Houston Youth Football and Wheels of Truth, a motorcycle-based ministry.

With the support of his wife and family, Stephenson’s help to others in need has extended from community and church involvement to Emerson’s own events and volunteer opportunities.

“Working with the kids to instill Christian values is dear to my heart,” Stephenson said. “They are the leaders of tomorrow.”