AccuWeather Global Weather Center - October 9, 2014 - AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in digital weather information, is proud to announce the recognition by the AMS of its CEO Barry Lee Myers with the prestigious Kenneth C. Spengler Award. The citation reads: "For outstanding, highly principled leadership of the American weather industry over five decades and fostering strong cooperation between private sector and government weather services".
"Our community is grateful to Barry Myers for his long commitment to advancing the role of commercial services in serving the public," William B. Gail, PhD, President, American Meteorological Society.
"AccuWeather has always been at the forefront of advancing the science of meteorology and supporting the importance of sharing critical forecasts and warnings with our audience," Barry Lee Myers said. "We are proud to work collaboratively with the AMS in developing seamless cooperation between the weather industry and government weather services. The results of these relationships strengthen both sides and provide the best, most innovative solutions for enterprises and for the public, helping to advance economic growth and protect the public with timely, relevant forecasts and severe weather warnings that meet the needs of users."
AMS guidelines for this award state: "The Kenneth C. Spengler Award is presented by the AMS to an individual, team or organization whose efforts have contributed to the growth of the weather and climate enterprise while materially fostering a sense of community and creating synergistic linkages between the public, private, and government sectors as well as the user community. Nominations are considered by a committee of the Weather and Climate Enterprise Commission, which makes recommendations for final approval by the AMS Council."
"With more than five decades of working with leaders of the weather industry and in governments around the world, this award is a gratifying recognition of what has been an important part of Barry Myers' life's work," said AccuWeather Founder and President, Dr. Joel N. Myers. "What Barry has accomplished, on a global scale, through working cooperatively with government leaders and those in the weather industry, is truly astounding. Barry is recognized in most of the world for his contributions in advancing the weather community. He is a unique leader in this field globally."
The Kenneth C. Spengler Award will be presented to Myers at the AMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. in January 2015. The theme of the meeting will be "Fulfilling the Vision of Weather, Water, and Climate Information for Every Need, Time, and Place."
About AccuWeather, Inc. and AccuWeather.com
Every day over a billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hourly and Minute by Minute™ forecasts with Superior Accuracy™ for any longitude/latitude on Earth, with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smart phones, tablets, free wired and mobile Internet sites, connected TVs, and Internet appliances, as well as via radio, television, and newspapers. Founded in 1962 by Dr. Joel N. Myers - a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society who was recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine's Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs - AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly-customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as news, weather content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites. AccuWeather's CEO, Barry Lee Myers, is an award winning leader in global weather information issues and one of the world's most recognized advocates for cooperative relationships between government weather agencies and the weather industry.
About Barry Lee Myers
Barry Lee Myers has been an integral part and leading force of AccuWeather executive management team for several decades. Since becoming CEO in September 2007, the company has weathered the recession and posted the highest grossing years and the largest web and mobile audience growth in the history of the company. He has been responsible for directing the strategic initiatives of the company and developing many of the company's acquisitions, major business relationships, and ground-breaking opportunities.
Before becoming CEO, Myers was Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Myers served on the Graduate School faculty at Penn State for 18 years as a member of its nationally recognized Smeal College of Business.
He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Weather and Climate Industry Association, the weather industry's trade association, since 1990, serving as the industry's chief government-relations officer. He also has served as advisor to the Director of the U.S. National Weather Service at the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization Meetings in Geneva on several occasions and serves as advisor to NOAA. He is recognized as an expert in public/private relationships in the weather and weather media industry worldwide.
Myers received his B.S. in business administration and economics from the Smeal School of Business at Penn State and his master's in business (ABD) there also. His J.D. is from the Boston