Chapter Corner

Insights Magazine: President's Message

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Why Come to IECCon?

There is no better feeling than that of independence. Having the knowledge is having the power to be independent.
IECCon is truly the place to get and keep that feeling. So come get connected and make some new lifelong friends at our biggest event of the year!

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Small Business and the Entrepreneur

According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), 99.7 percent of all U.S. firms are small businesses. Depending on the industry, you could have 500, 1,000, or even 1,500 employees and still be considered a small business. However, there are some that are capped by their average annual receipts, and many are categorized by the industry. In the world of special trades contractors (where we electricians prevail), the cap of annual sales falls around $11.5 million.

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How the Times Have Changed

I recently did a presentation for one of the local Vo-Tech schools here in Pennsylvania that talked about some of the reasons why someone may want to become an electrician. This was quite fun to do as it allowed me to step into the “way- back” machine and share how some things have changed from when I started in the industry back in the early ’80s (yes, I mean the 1900s) up to today.

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Giving Thanks

Thank you to Joe Hovanec for his leadership over the last year. His dedication to IEC is second to none, which was witnessed by many as we saw him involved in as many of the chapter events over the year as he could fit in. I would also like to say thank you to everyone who has put their trust in me to follow in Joe’s footsteps and continue to steer this great ship. I will do my best to make the right decisions along the way that contribute to bringing the most benefit to our association and its dedicated members.

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The Necessity of Sharing Ideas

While traveling from chapter to chapter this year, one of the things I’ve always looked out for is new and innovative ideas. We all have them, and sharing those ideas is a great way to network with other IEC members. The proof can be found every year at the IEC National Convention. The Great Idea Swap session at IEC Con is always the highest attended education session, often with standing room only.

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Beyond Apprenticeship

This spring, I had the privilege to participate in multiple IEC chapters apprentice graduation ceremonies across the country. At each graduation, I spoke about how so many more electricians are needed now and in the years to come. I spoke of the need for continued education to keep up with new and emerging technology.

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Apprenticeship

This spring, first-year IEC Apprentices will be embarking on a career in a profession that is unlike so many others. They wisely chose a career in the electrical field where the electrical wiring, troubleshooting, and equipment installations they will perform every day will never be outsourced. A career where new technology does not threaten to eliminate their job, it serves to enhance it.

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Safety Comes First

Every day, people spend time thinking about maintaining the safety of their family and friends. As business owners, it is just as important that we do everything in our power to ensure that our employees return home to their families as healthy as they arrive to work each and every day.

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Training for the Big Leagues

A recent IEC meeting opened with the moderator asking attendees to tell something about themselves that no one in the room knew. When it was my turn, I revealed that I managed my son’s little league baseball team for 8 years, and 7 of those 8 years the team finished in 1st place.

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Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going

To truly know an electrical contractor, you must know their story.

All of us here have been on a journey within the electrical industry. Although everyone’s journey is different, the path we travel is largely the same. We work, we learn, and we move ahead. Some of us started in a family business, others got into the business because it is what their father, grandfather, or another relative did for a living. For me, it was purely by chance that I ended up in the electrical industry.

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