Chapter Corner

Gordon Stewart

New Beginnings

Beginning a new career is an exciting time—it’s like turning the page to a new chapter in your life. As I participated in apprentice graduations at IEC chapters across the country in May and June, the excitement was everywhere. Proud family members, encouraging colleagues, and supportive instructors all celebrated each apprentice’s accomplishment. Completing the four- year apprentice training program is not an easy task, and each apprentice should feel proud of this significant achievement.

We're In This Together

It is hard to believe that we are already more than half way through 2014, which also means I am more than half way through my year as the IEC National President. This is proof that the old saying, "Time flies when you're having fun," holds true. It is difficult to express into words how much of an honor it is to serve such a dedicated and hard-working group of professionals. Like the hundreds of volunteer leaders we have within IEC, I take great pride in our organization. The electrical industry has given me so much, it is now my privilege and responsibility to give back.

Take Action

"Inside the Beltway." "Politics as usual." These are phrases that quickly turn off any Texan, myself included. When you look at the political climate in Washington, D.C. today, it is so easy to get discouraged. Congress has been halted to nearly a stalemate, and many of the federal agencies are increasing oversight on our companies.

Welcome Home

I continue to be impressed by the growth of the Independent Electrical Contractors’ (IEC) Apprentice Training Program. The nearly 40 percent increase in apprentice enrollment numbers over the past year is evidence that people are recognizing the need for highly trained professionals in the electrical industry. In my local chapter, IEC Texas Gulf Coast, there are more than 700 apprentices currently enrolled; all of whom are employed with a member company.

Learning New Tricks

Whether you are just beginning your career in the electrical contracting industry or have a few years under your belt, IEC offers the opportunity for learning at every level of expertise.

A New Path

I could not be happier with the current direction of our great association, the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC). I am extremely honored to be your 2014 IEC National President and will work relentlessly to help improve our industry and promote the merit shop philosophy. This is a job that I will approach with vigor and enthusiasm.