IECRM Board of Directors
The IECRM Board of Directors is the overarching governing body of the Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain. The Board consists of a body of Contractor Members and Industry Partners of the association. Board Members are elected by the general membership of the association for a two-year term, during the Annual Business Dinner which takes places each year in November.
The Board helps IECRM continue to elevate the electrical and energy industries by promoting, educating, and supporting open-market contractors. The Board also helps guide the industry into the future, while creating a strong business environment for electrical and energy contractors.
The current members of the IECRM Board of Directors are as follows, in alphabetical order by last name, but beginning with the Board President.
David Scott is Director of Human Resources and Training for Encore Electric, Inc. an IECRM member since its inception in 2003. A strong believer in continual learning, he holds Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Psychology, a Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and an M.B.A. all from the University of Colorado. David oversees Encore University, a corporate university model providing training to Encore’s employees. Through its Apprenticeship Training program, IEC is a large part of that continuing education model. He serves on the Government Relations committee with IECRM and is proud to partner with this fine organization. David has been in the Human Resources world since 1995.
Robert Watkins is a third-generation master electrician licensed in Colorado and Wyoming. He grew up doing service changes on the weekends and answering his grandfather’s code quizzes. Over his 20+ year career, Robert has been involved with almost every part of our industry. He started out as an apprentice in the field working his way to a superintendent position, then moving into an office as a Project Manager and eventually into a position of running a $20M electrical department. Robert also spent 5 years formally instructing apprentices at CITC and IECRM. Some highlights along his journey have been obtaining his masters licenses, NIECT 4 certification in Fire Alarm Systems, Project Management Professional certificate from the Project Management Institute, 2011 IECRM Project Manager of the Year, 2014 IEC National Speaker and 1st runner up at NFPA National NEC Code Challenge. Robert has a complete and full understanding of the electrical contracting business and the importance of a body like IECRM has on the overall success of our industry. READ MORE
David Jones, Area Manager for QED has over 30 years experience in the electrical distribution industry. “Our business has grown beyond most expectations. Building partnerships and introducing new products as well as providing product training to contractors, are some of the areas of strength I would like to build with others in our business.”
Pete Aden, a Wipfli partner, earned his Bachelor’s degree in Public Accounting from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado in 1999. He is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Construction Industry Financial Professional.
Today, he is an active member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Construction Financial Management Association. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Independent Electrical Contractors-Rocky Mountain Chapter since January 2010.
Robert Cheney, Vice President and General Manager of RK Electrical. He is responsible for developing and executing the long-term business vision and strategy for RK Electrical in accordance with RK’s overall company strategy.
He has worked in the construction industry since 1996 and has an impressive and diverse background. Robert has noteworthy experience working for large companies including Ludvik Electric, where he served as President, NOVACES, Amata, Western Industrial Contractors, Integrated Project Management and Chrysler.
Robert has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo and he is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He is on the Steering Committee for Déjà vu Rendezvous and a member of El Jebel Shrine.
Nathan Goodman, Project Manager for EATON Corporation in the Electrical Business Sector in the Western US Region. I’m a Non-Combat Veteran of the United States Army National Guard. I received my Bachelor’s degree from CSU in Construction Management in 2009, and then went on to graduate from the IEC Electrical Apprenticeship in 2014 and have participated in the Emerging Leaders Program as well as the Membership & Events Committee. I’m currently pursuing my Masters of Business Administration from the CU Leeds School of Business with plans to graduate in May 2018.
Leighland Gutierrez, Head of Operations for Courtesy Electric Company in Denver, Colorado. He is responsible for overall Operations, Process Documentation Management, People Operations, Residential Sales Management, Marketing, Public Relations and Vendor Partner Management. Leighland graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005, where he completed a bachelors in Arts & Sciences.
Following graduation, he started as an account executive for Key Government Finance, a subsidiary of Key Equipment Finance Inc. from 2006 to 2008. In 2008 Leighland joined Level 3 Communications as a network surveillance technician at their Broomfield, CO campus. He was promoted to major accounts service manager in 2009, manager of customer technical operations in 2010 and senior manager of professional & managed services in 2013. READ MORE
Magee Electric, Inc.
Brenda Magee, President of Magee Electric Inc. Magee Electric is a family run business since 1991 that specializes in new commercial construction and tenant finishes, commercial service work, high-end custom homes and residential service work. The Magee family has 75 years of combined experience in the electrical industry. As the president of a small electrical contracting company, Brenda brings experience and expertise in running a small business. She knows what it takes to manage the infrastructure and operations in the industry. Magee Electric has been a member of IECRM for more than five years and supports the growth and development of our next-generation leaders in this industry. My son is an instructor in the IECRM Apprenticeship Program and Career College courses.
Justin Martin, Pre-Construction and Project Manager at Bret’s Electric, has been in the electrical industry for over 20 years, starting off in the industry by his father. Justin has been a part of Bret’s Electric as an Estimator/Project Manager for large and small commercial projects. He has the capability to wear a lot of hats and is always willing to help where needed. The determination and perseverance Justin puts forth daily shows in his energy and drive, whether it is mentoring apprentices, accomplishing bids, assisting clients with electrical design or a service call. In 2003, Justin received his Bachelors of Science in Construction Management from Colorado State University. In 2007 Justin obtained his Master’s Electrical License from the State of Colorado. Justin has received the proud award of Project Manager of the Year in 2010, 2013, and 2015 from IECRM. He was also recently recognized with a 2017 IEC National Emerging Leader Award. Justin understands the importance of IEC at both the Chapter and National levels and plans to continue the Bret’s Electric dedication to the IEC organization through support of the electrical apprenticeship programs in the future. His wife, Stephanie, can attest to his dedication as he trains his two sons for our dynamic electrical industry.
Weifield Group Electrical Contracting
Russel Tafoya is a Project Executive at Weifield Group Electrical Contracting. He assists in developing, implementing, and training the future leaders of Weifield in a platform directed toward apprentices, which helps them to build a solid understanding of processes, procedures, and company culture while promoting confidence and improving their communication skills. He also manages specific trainings for the company’s project management team. He is the chairman and facilitator of an internal Weifield Council which the company founders initiated as a sounding board for new ideas, implementation initiatives, and a conduit for employee’s voices, with a key focus of maintaining a positive organizational culture.
Russel brings an analytical and creative approach to business, process, teaching, and communication. “‘Contribution,’ to me, means sincerity of intentions with a commitment to the betterment of persons around me. I start with a heart-first, facts-second, maintain awareness of others’ needs, and then take decisive action with a commitment to team goals. Through my current involvement with three groups at the AGC, I participate to contribute a voice with the designers, the general contracting community, and other subcontractors to promote open communication, to build trust within the industry, and to work on improving our collective future in construction.” Russel currently serves on the IECRM Membership & Events Committee and appreciates the opportunity to encourage engagement of members to benefit from what the IECRM has to offer.
Dennis Walker is the Senior National Association Manager for United Rentals and has held several positions in his 21 years with RSC & United. His passion is being involved with construction associations where he builds the United Rentals brand throughout the US and Canada. Over the years, he has been fortunate enough to serve and participate with over 15+ construction and industry-related associations. Dennis has stated with associations you only get out of them what you put into them.
Closer to home, Dennis serves on the United Rentals “Together United” Multicultural ERG (Employee Resource Group).
Outside of work, Dennis has been active in Little League Baseball Inc. for more than 35 years. Over these years, he has cheered, coached, & was the district manager for Little League where he oversaw 15 leagues and over 6,000 children. He is probably most proud of being the chairman and founder of the Colorado Little League Challenger Golf Benefit that funds the baseball program for over 150 physical challenged children.