September 27, 2019

A Message from IECRM CEO Marilyn Akers Stansbury


Welcome to October and the LEADERSHIP ISSUE of the IECRM ENews. We have a great deal to showcase, recognize, and value in the leadership that supports the electrical industry and our association. 

This month we open nominations and hold elections for our 2020 IECRM Board of Directors. These are the engaged leaders of the industry who volunteer their time, share their talent and expertise to give back to the industry through strategic governance of the IECRM association. The IECRM Board of Directors helps lead our association and industry into the future. As an IECRM member, you play a leadership role in the industry by annually electing members of the board and serving on the committees and task forces that support our strategic initiatives. 

To run for the board, please submit your online nomination form by Monday, October 7 at 11:59 pm. And RSVP to attend the Annual State of the Industry Dinner at the Wellshire Inn on Thursday, October 24. Read more for information about ballots, voting, and presentation of the candidates. 

October also brings Careers in Construction Month to increase public awareness and appreciation of construction craft professionals and to celebrate collective workforce development efforts. IECRM applauds the impactful work of The Master’s Apprentice program, Colorado Construction Careers Now, local workforce development boards, the CTE teams in our local school districts, Emily Griffith Technical College, CSU Global Campus, and other organizations we are in partnership with that result in awareness and employment in the industry and further advance career development of existing professionals. 

We also celebrate the local and national Emerging Leaders who are developing themselves personally and professionally to light the pathway for the future of our industry. We have more than twenty participants in IECRM’s local chapter Emerging Leaders program which is in its eighth year. Next week, we will recognize an additional twenty individuals at the IEC National Convention (IEC-CON) including five nominees from IEC Rocky Mountain member companies! 

The annual IEC-CON is the place many of our local company leaders will be gathered this year in St. Louis to learn, exchange, share and grow with other leaders in the electrical contracting and renewable energy sector. It’s not too late to book a flight and “Meet Us in St. Louis,” home of the 1904 World’s Fair “Palace of Electricity” where electric streetcars, wireless telephony, and other advancements were showcased, including electric innovations to provide power, lighting, communications, and water to the exposition. Read more…

This is also the time of the year where we begin to renew memberships of our industry partners who lead the industry in innovations, business solutions, and services that help our electrical contractor member companies best manage and grow. In each issue of ENews, we share thought leadership from our industry partners. Be sure to regularly review those articles from our partners (see below). 

I think a lot about leadership at IECRM. About being an innovative chapter and apprenticeship training program in the IEC organization. About how we lead policy and advocacy on safety, workforce development, education, and general business issues for our members.  About how we evolve as an association to provide benefits and services that meet the evolving needs of our members. 

This month we recognize leadership. And the collaborative, continuous improvement mindset of our members, partners, instructors, staff – and our apprentices – who will lead us there. 

Also in this issue:

Mark your calendars and read about our upcoming plans for IECRM’s third appearance in the 9NEWS Parade of Lights (Read More); put National Apprenticeship Week on your calendar and start planning with us now (Read More); and learn more about our annual Policy Forum and Membership Luncheon, the State of the Industry Dinner, and the Platinum Partner Spotlight this month featuring Milwaukee Tool.

Lead on!

Marilyn Akers Stansbury