Smith Receives 2019 Distinguished Chapter Service Award

Past NEO STC President Brian E. Smith was awarded the Distinguished Chapter Service Award by the Society for Technical Communication in 2019.

Brian E. Smith

His citation reads “For your selfless leadership as Northeast Ohio chapter president and for your sustained contributions in support of our membership.”


The Distinguished Chapter Service Award (DCSA) is designed to recognize exemplary effort, energy, and dedication to a chapter and its activities. The program was inaugurated in 1988, with the first awards given in 1989. The DCSA is the highest level of recognition that a member can receive for service to a geographic community, and is a “lifetime achievement award” for chapter service.

2019 Summit Recognition – Denver, Colorado – May 5-8

Smith led the NEO STC as chapter president from July 2015 through June 2017. He stepped up for a second year as president when the president-elect was unable to take office. Brian also served as treasurer, vice president, and immediate past president. Under Brian’s leadership, the chapter hosted the international STC Summit in Columbus OH in 2015. The chapter was awarded the Community Achievement Silver Award for both of Brian’s years as president.

Smith received a B.A. in French and English and a M.A. in French and Linguistics, both from Bowling Green State University. His career with North Canton, Ohio-based Diebold Nixdorf spans more than 22 years, as administrator and then senior specialist in their Translation and Editing office, and later as senior specialist in their Documentation Services office.

Our heartfelt congratulations to Brian!

Chapter President Bob Young shared Smith’s award at the chapter’s Member Appreciation Picnic on May 16, 2019.

By Kelly Graham, Honors Committee Manager