Chapter Corner

Teamwork Moves the Industry Forward

Posted in: President's Message, November/December 2013

DeanKredit.jpgI would like to thank the IEC membership for the opportunity this year to serve as National President. I consider it a privilege to have served in this capacity. Looking back, it is exciting to see the continued progress that has been made with projects that either were completed or are finishing up. With our strategic plan in place, we are moving IEC forward.

As the economy begins to change, we are positioning ourselves to meet the current and future needs of our members. It has been a true pleasure to work with all the IEC committees, members, Executive Directors, and national staff that have made these accomplishments possible. Just as we do in our companies, developing a great team makes the possibilities endless.

No matter how advanced technology becomes – there is a phrase I heard years ago which is still so relevant today – we are in the people business doing electrical work. From the leadership to the employees that started yesterday, it is a team effort to continue to create that culture in all that we do.

At the 56th Annual IEC National Convention & Electric Expo in Portland, Oregon, many projects were submitted and many awards were handed out. It was impressive to see all of the projects, and the amazing feats that were accomplished by IEC members. All the projects were the result of a team effort.

I recently attended a grand opening for a solar project my company completed for a local grocery store. In speaking with the general contractor’s project manager, he made a comment I would like to share. He said of all the subcontractors he works with, he has found that the electrical contractors are by far the most knowledgeable of their trade and possess the best ability for organization and performance on projects. He said in other trades he will find one or two that excel, but in the electrical trade, there will be 10 who excel. I believe it speaks very well to our trade and the professionalism our industry possesses.

After serving with Gordon Stewart first as a regional director and most recently on the Executive Committee, it is easy to see his strong commitment to IEC. Next year with Gordon as IEC National President, his leadership will continue to build IEC as an organization that will provide for our members now and in the future.

After having served for the past six years on the Board of Directors, going through some of the most difficult economic times in the country’s history, many changes have occurred within our own companies as well as our national organization. I want to recognize Larry Mullins for his years of service and wish him the best in his retirement from the IEC family.

We have also welcomed Thayer Long to IEC, and after two years, he has provided the expertise not only through rebuilding our financial picture but also focusing IEC for the future. It has been a true pleasure to work with him, and I look forward to where IEC is going from here.

May God bless you throughout the holiday season and the new year ahead.

Dean Kredit is IEC’s 2013 National President. As the principal elected officer of the association, Kredit serves as chair to the Board of Directors, House of Delegates, and Executive Committee. He is also the president of K2 Electric in Phoenix, Arizona.