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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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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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.
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"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.
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At a very young age our education system begins prepping students for their future careers. Early education provides basic skills and knowledge while also framing a child’s future. As students reach high school, they begin selecting their own classes that are geared to their interests and strengths.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I 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.
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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.
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