Gary Spiegel: The 2020 SPIE Directors’ Award

The SPIE Directors’ Award is presented to an individual who, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, has rendered a significant service of outstanding benefit to the Society
13 November 2019
Spiegel at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2017, with McNally, left, and JoAnn Spiegel. Credit: SPIE.
Spiegel at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2017, with Jim McNally, left, and JoAnn Spiegel. Credit: SPIE.

Gary Spiegel, a member of the Board of Directors at Telescent, has been immersed in the laser and photonics industries for more than 40 years. During that time, he has made significant contributions to the global optics community, including in his roles as the vice president of global sales, service, and marketing; senior vice president of business development; and leading strategic business development at Newport Corporation. As an executive at Newport, he was also a longtime exhibitor at SPIE conferences.

An SPIE Senior Member whose name literally includes that of SPIE, Spiegel has served the Society as a prudent guardian and leader of its fiscal well-being. As SPIE Treasurer and the chairman of the SPIE Financial Advisory Committee, Spiegel has blended a deep knowledge of the optics industry with incisive and well-informed judgements and decisions on financial trends to ensure that SPIE, a non-profit organization, maintains significant stability. His leadership and guidance gave SPIE the wherewithal for robust expansion of critical investments back into the optics community, particularly in the vital area of the SPIE student leadership development programs. In addition, he provided many years of significant service on the SPIE Compensation Committee and recently served on the SPIE CEO Search Committee, offering expert assessments and recommendations resulting in strong leadership for the Society's future. Spiegel's legacy at SPIE is a healthier Society with a very sound financial position.

"Gary provided well-informed judgements and decisions that successfully guided SPIE's fiscal well-being and growth while always maintaining a great sense of humor and dignity in all that he did," notes Vice President for Strategic Development at Applied Technology Associates Jim McNally, who is also a member of the SPIE Board of Directors. "It's very rewarding to see his terrific contributions recognized with the SPIE Directors' Award, a wonderful way to acknowledge Gary's stellar contributions to the Society."

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