The Power of Connection
With the 56th Annual IEC National Convention & Electric Expo just around the corner in the beautiful northwest city of Portland, Oregon, I think back to the last time we held the convention there. One of our main events was held at the Science Museum. The location combined with the people made it a night to remember. Needless to say, everyone had a great time. As I look back on all the many conventions I have attended, along with the many places around the country we have held them, what stands out most to me are the great people that make up this association; most of whom I met while attending IEC national events.
Many times, the educational programs provided for the attendees are the reason most people attend convention. These sessions help us gain the vital knowledge of our industry we need to run our businesses and provide our customers the professionalism they expect from us. I have spoken to many IEC contractors that have been to many of the conventions and attended most of the classes that are offered at the convention. New classes are added each year to expand our knowledge of our industry.
Along with the educational opportunities, the best experiences at any of our national events have been sitting down and having a conversation with a contractor member or an industry partner. At times, this casual interaction can be just as beneficial as attending a class. I come away with information that will benefit our company or me.
Being involved either nationally or locally does require time and monetary investment, but the return can be measured by the success your company sees as you continue to gain the knowledge it requires to be successful in this industry. Attending an IEC Convention is not the only way to be involved.
Participating in local chapter events, being part of the local or national committee structure, and helping support legislative or regulatory initiatives are all ways of giving back to the association and expanding your horizons.
As I look back over the 20-plus years I have been a part of IEC, I think about when my company only had two employees. We have now grown to over 60 field employees and being part of this association is what has given us the ability to achieve that.
You gain information in so many different ways; what becomes more important is applying what we learn. The ability to be with a group of your peers to share best practices and find out what is working for someone with the same issue you may be struggling with is why this association provides such a great opportunity for all of us.
I would encourage you to come and see all the great work the IEC is doing for you at the 56th Annual IEC National Convention & Electric Expo. It will be not only informative but also fun times with all your IEC friends. Don’t miss out!
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.