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IEC Convention & Expo 2018 Education Sessions


The education sessions of IEC Convention & Expo 2018 will ensure that you — the electrical business leader — are in position to succeed in today's business climate. The sessions are divided into four impactful tracks that are uniquely designed to improve your company. View the education sessons below or download the education sessions chart here.



CONTINUING EDUCATION: Most Code-related or other technical instruction at IEC Convention & Expo 2018 will qualify for CE credits toward license renewal. However, business-related sessions will likely not qualify. Please submit the 2018 Completion Certificate Request Form for Continuing Education Credit to Paul Dolenc at and you will receive an attendance certificate for all attended sessions, which can then be submitted to your local licensing authority. Certificates will be e-mailed by December 15.


Keynote Session

Date: Thursday, September 20 
Time: 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Speaker: AmyK Hutchens
The 12 Skills Modern Leaders Need to Possess

AmyK will deliver an energetic program, through humor, real-world insight, and experience. Industry leaders will leave inspired and equipped with straightforward tools that have immediate practical applications. Raising the performance, productivity, and collaboration levels of their teams in an era of rapid change.








Emerging Technology & Industry Topics 

Business Management & Operations 


Chapter Leadership & Development





Learn the latest trends and innovations of the evolving electrical industry. These new trends will streamline your processes and expand your business’ capabilities. The sessions will show you new ways to modernize job sites and maximize your employees' skills.  




There's an App for That
10:40 – 11:30 a.m.

How can builders evolve their work flow to match the most innovative hardware, software and strategies becoming available? Rob will help you discover mobile solutions and strategies available for plan management, daily reporting, progress photos, time entry, safety documentation and more. This presentation covers the best of what’s available and how to make it work with your company’s current processes, budget, and technology.

Presenter: Rob McKinney – JBKnowledge

With Great Power Over Ethernet Comes Great Responsibility
11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

As the use of POE (Power Over Ethernet) grows, there will be significant ramifications to both the data and electrical construction industry. With the advent of commercial LED lighting, 120V systems are no longer required at every light fixture. The rise of POE brings incredible opportunity, but it also leaves room for the strategic determination of regulations and protocols surrounding this new usage.

Presenter: Bob Crain – Legrand USA

Crystal Ball: Your Future Is in Digital
12:40 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

You face a myriad of technology options today and digital solutions will help. Identify digital solutions that integrate with your business to help you move forward – regardless of where you are now. Focus topics include - materials management, project management, BIM, and digital connectivity.

Presenter: Quintinus Henry - Graybar, William Spier, and Todd Reed – Graybar




New Approaches and Strategies for a Better BIM
1:10 – 2:00 p.m.

Although BIM has been around for decades, many subcontractors, contractors and owners are just now beginning to grapple with how it can impact their organizations. Like any innovation, it can be either a powerful new tool or a confusing burden depending on how it is used.  Thanks to new innovations, BIM data is becoming more accessible and valuable at every stage of construction and operations, allowing all construction stakeholders to access all the rich properties of a structure from anywhere. Learn about how you can advance your technology roadmap with BIM, and how to get the most out of your BIM data, whether it’s in a 3D model in design, access in the field or in an organization’s database for facilities management.

Presenter: Rahul Shah – PlanGrid

5 Questions You Never Ask a Software Vendor But Need to!
2:10 – 3:30 p.m.

You need to have your game plan in place before meeting with a software vendor. Steve will break down how you can properly map your software search, utilizing all the right team members. Discover the five questions you need to ask every vendor and understand what their answers really mean.

Presenter: Steve Antill – Foundation Software






Gain knowledge of new management strategies that are critical to maximizing profits for electrical contractors. Time management, efficiency, and customer satisfaction can dramatically improve your bottom line. Industry leaders and your peers will illustrate how a fresh mindset can change the way you run your business.




Lifetime Asset Protection From Multiple Threats
10:40 – 11:30 a.m.

It takes a lifetime to accumulate your assets, so take the time to protect them. It is estimated that a lawsuit is filed every 30 seconds in the U.S., and Americans pay more in taxes each year than they do for food, clothing, and housing combined. Achieve financial peace of mind by learning how to properly structure their assets for lawsuit protection, tax reduction & estate planning.

Presenter: Larry Oxenham – American Society for Asset Protection

Leaping the Hurdles of Prevailing Wage Jobs

10:40 – 11:30 a.m.

Embrace your inner hurdler. It is not about competing for publicly funded projects, but winning a profitable bid. In this open discussion, we will review the core back office challenges that owners and administrators are faced with and how to overcome them, ensuring your scale jobs are as profitable as your private work.

Presenter: Nat Peniston – Fringe Benefit Group

Benefits of Fabrication Is No Lie

11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Fabrication is becoming more and more prevalent in the electrical marketplace.  According to the Commercial Construction Index in quarter four 2017, labor productivity is one of the primary issues impacting jobsite efficiency.   This program will provide solutions for contractors on increasing efficiencies through utilizing fabrication.

Presenter: Joel B. Smith – Greenlee Textron, Inc.

OSHA Enforcement Under the Trump Administration: Are You Prepared? 
12:40 – 1:30 p.m.

Under the Trump Administration, regulatory, and enforcement priorities have shifted, but work site investigation activity has not declined. One of the nation’s top OSHA lawyers and long-time IEC member and supporter, Phillip Russell, along with IEC member and safety guru, Harvey Hammock, will lead participants through a discussion of the new OSHA and how electrical contractors can develop and maintain effective workplace safety programs and be prepared if tragedy were to strike.

Presenter: Phillip Russell – Ogletree Deakins; Harvey Hammock – IES, Inc.




High Times – Navigating a Drug Free Workplace
1:10 – 2:00 p.m.

With Drug laws changing in recent years, it can be difficult to maintain a drug free workplace. We will discuss the various protections such medical marijuana use laws may provide to employees, and we will provide a roadmap on how to navigate through the difficult issues which arise with an employee using medical marijuana. We will discuss what an employer can and cannot do without running afoul of the Americans with Disability Act or state disability discrimination laws when it learns an employee is a registered medical marijuana user. Lastly, we will spend some time discussing how some post-accident drug testing policies may be in violation of OSHA’s anti-retaliation rule, which went into effect last year.

Presenter: Philip Siegel – Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Siegel, P.C.

Hire a Woman If You Want a Job Done Right
1:10 – 2:30 p.m.

This three-woman panel is made up of the president of a commercial electrical contracting firm specializing in design build and design assist services, the co-founder/organizational health director for an award-winning electrical contractor with national reach, an owner/electrician of a midsize electrical contracting firm who is also an IEC instructor, and will be moderated by an IEC executive director. These high-powered women will share their stories and insights on how they entered the industry, how they got into the roles that they now hold, and how the industry has changed for females over the recent years.

Moderator: Marilyn Akers Stansbury – IECRM
Presenters: Donna Neddeau – Accent Electrical Services; Staci Inskeep – InPwr, Inc.; Michele Rutt – Leading Edge Electric

Great Idea Swap
2:10 – 3:30 p.m.

The price of admission for this unique session will be one great idea. The idea can be something as simple as a great mobile app that increases efficiency in the field, a software program that is saving the company money, or an idea that a foreman implemented to save time. These ideas will be shared with all the attendees of the session. The result is multiple peer-developed new ideas you can take back to your company.

Moderator: Mike Kallmeyer – Ace Electric, Inc.

Don’t Let an Employee Drive You Out of Business
3:40 – 4:30 p.m.

Your company's financial future may very well depend on the attention you pay to driver selection and liability management. Gain an understanding of the liabilities and potential punitive damage costs your company can face from driver error. We will conduct a step-by-step review of policies and procedures your company should implement to reduce the likelihood of losses that could be catastrophic to your business.

Presenter: Randy Mansell – CNA






Discover areas where there may be some holes in your training programs and learn knowledge that you MUST pass on to your staff.



Power Up Your Safety Game
10:40 – 11:30 a.m.

Discover the new OSHA regulations on respirable crystalline silica standard for construction OSHA-compliant solutions. The session will discuss tool and jobsite safety through improved tool design with ergonomics in mind. Showcasing tools to reduce injury risk and improve safety will also be a key component of this breakout session.

Presenter: Raffi Elchemmas – Milwaukee Tool

Knowledge Is Power: Building Relationships by Being the Expert
11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

We will explore the concept of how documents like the NEC, NFPA 70E and 70B can be used as tools for building solid and lasting relationships between contractors and customers. There is a way to ensure that your number gets dialed in an emergency or for ongoing maintenance to prevent a problem. Having intimate knowledge of these documents allows electrical contractors to foster deeper and longer lasting relationships with customers as they transition roles from installing to maintaining equipment and how to perform the work safely.

Presenter: Derek Vigstol - NFPA

Keeping Up With the Apprentices
12:40 – 1:30 p.m.

Do you know what is currently taught as part of the IEC curriculum? Would you like to know more about what is currently being taught to apprentices? This session will be a fun look at the many enhancements that have been added to the IEC curriculum in the last few years.

Presenter: Ken Adams - IEC of Utah



Understanding Arc Flash & NFPA 70E: How to NOT Become a Statistic
2:10 – 3:30 p.m.

Arc flashes injure 5-10 electricians a day, many of them fatally. This unique presentation features three speakers who will cover the legal and financial costs of non-compliance from within the Contractor community FR, arc ratings, 70E basics, how to evaluate PPE, and a first-hand account of the cost of failing to adequately protect yourself.

Presenters: Scott Margolin – Tyndale USA; William Watson – Miller Electric; Brandon Schroeder – Miller Electric

Stand Your Ground (Conductor)
3:40 – 4:30 p.m.

Many electricians and inspectors spend their entire careers referring to conductors utilized for grounding and bonding as “ground conductors.” Take the time to learn the correct terminology that should be used to identify these various conductors.

Presenter: L. Keith Lofland – IAEI

Don't be Shocked by Your Surge Protection Options
3:40 – 4:30 p.m.

This presentation will provide a comprehensive review of the hazards associated with lightning and transient surges to a building or structure, and the installation of systems to protect against these hazards. You will learn how lightning and transient surges enter a building, how products are designed to protect against shock and fire, and the codes and standards related to lightning and surge protection.

Presenter: Bryan Holland – NEMA

Don't Get Tripped on the Branch Circuit Tracing
3:40 – 4:30 p.m.

This session will provide live demonstration training and hands-on activities using the test and measurement equipment for breaker identification, wire tracing, and troubleshooting a variety of electrical faults (i.e. tripping AFCI/GFCI/Combination Breakers, Dead Shorts in Electrical Devices, and Shorts in conductors…).

Presenter: Jeff Carter – IDEAL Industries






These diverse sessions will place a focus on developing new leadership and communication skills for industry leaders and chapters that will positively impact all generations, resulting in improved management and a stronger industry. 




Ignite Brilliance in Your Creativity & Innovation – Part 1
11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Do your people have the right leadership skills to take on tomorrow? Does your culture possess the best behaviors for fostering innovation, diversity, critical thinking, and generating long-term growth? In this compelling and energetic program, leaders will be inspired and equipped to ignite the performance, productivity, and collaboration levels of their teams in an era of rapid change.

Presenter: AmyK Hutchens – AmyK International, Inc.

Ignite Brilliance in Your Creativity & Innovation – Part 2
12:40 – 1:30 p.m.

Do your people have the right leadership skills to take on tomorrow? Does your culture possess the best behaviors for fostering innovation, diversity, critical thinking, and generating long-term growth? In this compelling and energetic program, leaders will be inspired and equipped to ignite the performance, productivity, and collaboration levels of their teams in an era of rapid change.

Presenter: AmyK Hutchens – AmyK International, Inc.




Back to Basics – Remember What Got You Here
1:10 – 2:00 p.m.

Remembering where we came from and how we got here. Who were our mentors? What were our guiding lights? What did we learn from our examples?

Presenter: Bruce Seilhammer – SECCO, Inc.

Unity Through Diversity Workforce Powers Success
2:10 – 3:30 p.m.

Today’s workforce in America is composed of people from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Explore how diversity and inclusion in today’s businesses develop a successful workplace culture, and learn the approach that one company has taken to attract, retain, and engage top talent around the world as a result.

Presenter: Laura Almazan – Eaton