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 of a body like IECRM has on the overall success of our industry. 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.
David Jones, Area Manager for QED has over 30 years of 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.
Spencer Covey is an account manager for CED Denver and is responsible for growing a base of business by creating unique demand for his services. He thinks outside of traditional boxes and works to gain market share in a highly competitive market. He manages a team of inside sales and project personnel to meet customer expectations along with vendor expectations as well. Electrical contractors have a deeply embedded system of how they purchase and utilize electrical distributors, and through Spencer’s ability to innovate and be creative he can help bring new ways of thinking and labor reducing ideas to the young minds of today’s industry students. CED Denver has been an IECRM partner for many years participating mostly through trade events and gatherings. Spencer hopes to key in on getting more involved and helping to expose new methods of getting things done. As a member of the Board of Directors, Spencer would like to help incorporate new ideas and old ideas to bring to the classroom.
Erik Estes joined Casey Bergquist Inc. in March of 2016 as a co-owner with Tim Bergquist, succeeding Bob Casey who retired in July of 2016. Prior to joining CBI, Erik had a 15-year career with Eaton. For CBI, Erik has sales responsibility in Denver and manages the operations side of the business, including managing the finances, human resources, and contracts with their manufacturers. Tim Bergquist, Bob Purchase, and Erik work together to manage the strategic direction of the company and their relationships with the manufacturers. Manufacturer’s Representatives are a key and often overlooked part of the electrical industry.
Erik brings the unique perspective of a small business owner who represents 20+ manufacturers in the Colorado and Wyoming residential, commercial and industrial markets. I hope to use my experiences to help guide the direction of the IECRM and to help strengthen the IECRM as an organization. Erik is a long-time supporter of the IEC, participating in IEC events in Southern Colorado and more recently participating in IECRM fundraising and networking events.
Sam Gluck has spent his entire 25-year Electrical Career in some capacity affiliated with the IEC Rocky Mountain chapter as either an Electrical Apprentice, Instructor, Member Contractor, Volunteer Board Member, or Business Owner. It’s a part of who he is and now a part of his son, a 3rd generation electrician’s life as well. Sam wants to help continue to make IECRM the BEST Electrical Apprenticeship opportunity in the world, and continue to train the next generation of leaders and craftsmen and craftswomen.
Sam’s skill set comes from using both an “in the weeds” approach from the field to solve problems, and a “Mile High” macroscopic view to game plan for projects or design and collaborative work. Together with Engineers, Architects, Designers, Partner Contractors and Clients Sam can discuss keys to building a better industry. He believes that no one in the industry has all the answers, but the solution can be found to any issue that arises through a network of industry partners that have been developed over the last 25 years.
The IECRM and board of directors have a solid reputation for growth and leadership that Sam strives to contribute to with a high level of energy, focus and drive to achieve consistent growth in the electrical industry.
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, 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 Bachelor 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
Russell 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.
Russell 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.
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.
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.