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.
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 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, Bio coming soon.
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
Justin Martin, Bio coming soon.
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.