We're In This Together

group.gifIt 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.

IEC members help build America and are a strong component of our economy. We are innovative and efficient workers. Members know their worth and have the knowledge to responsibly project costs resulting in intelligent and accurate bids. These strengths are a benefit to everyone involved in the project and the consumer.

In order to remain a premier association, we must continue to grow our member base. This is one of the aspects of IEC in which I am passionate. It is critical that the current members work to recruit new members to strengthen our organization. Together, we can continue to improve the electrical industry.

Anyone who has met me knows that I am very competitive, which stems from my athletic background of playing basketball and football. I am also a staunch and enthusiastic supporter of my beloved Texas A&M Aggies, which adds to my competitive nature. This has spilled over into my professional career and I now strive to help Joe Swartz Electric to be one of the top electrical contracting companies in the nation.

Despite the competitiveness in my blood, I welcome and encourage other electrical contractors in the Houston, Texas, metro area to join IEC. Our chapter, organization, and industry becomes stronger as we grow our membership. Additionally, if my competitors become members of IEC, I know they are sending their apprentices through the best training and gaining valuable information from the continuing education classes. The improvement of their business forces us to continue to perform at a high level.

The members of IEC are all on the same team. The team that wants a strong economy, high-quality training, and excellence in the electrical contracting industry. In this, we are all competing together.

I encourage all IEC members to promote IEC and tell other electrical contractors about the many benefits of membership. Together we make this industry the best it can be. Together we can make our IEC team strong.

Gordon Stewart is IEC's 2014 National President. As the principal elected officer of the association, Stewart serves as chair to the Board of Directors, House of Delegates, and Executive Committee. He has been in the electrical industry for 35 years and is currently the General Manager at Joe Swartz Electric in Houston, Texas.