IEC National Rising Star Award

Leighland Gutierrez was honored with the Rising Star Award during the IEC Convention & Expo 2019.

Leighland is making a difference at Courtesy Electric Company and in the electrical industry as a whole.  As Head of Operations for Courtesy Electric Company in Denver, Colorado. Leighland is continually striving to further impact the operational excellence and workforce development efforts of a company that has been in business since 1976. The population of workforce available has changed and as electrical contractors and employers we need to evolve.

Leighland came to the electrical industry with years of experience in the dynamic and ever evolving Information Technology and Telecommunications fields. Leighland is focused on elevating the talent population in the skilled electrical trade. Working to attract, recruit and retain talent from various veteran communities & hard to serve populations in Colorado. In 2019, Leighland was able to architect & implement a new tuition assistance program for apprentices attending IECRM, pursuing their Journeyman’s license in the State of Colorado. Development and roll out of a "Green Apprentice" pilot program offering tool kits for new employees at no out of pocket cost. Successful launch of a holiday program to pay field electricians at 1.5x rate when working on a federally observed holiday. Successful implementation of safety training curriculum delivered twice a year regionally. Finally, field implementation of an in house developed web based application to make scheduling, material and labor tracking efficient for electrical contractors in new construction residential projects. Having not only a diversified talent population, but a well-educated and safe generation of electricians entering the industry is the main focus for Leighland.

Leighland graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005, where he completed a bachelors in Arts & Sciences. Leighland has served on various boards & councils, supporting the technology community as well as local education institutions. He has been a mentor for first generation college students at the University of Colorado. In 2017 & 2018 Leighland served a committee of skilled trades in Colorado to develop an internship program with a national home builder reaching out to Denver inner city and non-traditional high school students. Serving on the IECRM Board of Directors has enabled him to positively impact the skilled trades industry and community for years to come.