Chapter Corner

Newsroom & Insights: September 2016

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IEC Welcomes New Executive Vice President/CEO Spenser Villwock

IEC Welcomes New Executive Vice President/CEO Spenser VillwockAlexandria, VA – The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) welcomes Spenser Villwock, MNM, CAE, as Executive Vice President/CEO...

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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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Department of Labor Releases Final WIOA Regulations

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Final 'Blacklisting' Rule Released

Late last month, the final regulations and guidance were issued by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council) and the Department of Labor (DOL) to implement Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, which President Obama signed in July 2014...

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