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.
Weifield Group Contracting
Pete Farreny holds a Master Electrician license in Colorado and New Mexico, and has a wealth of electrical knowledge with over 25 years of experience in construction and management. Pete is OSHA 30 hour trained, and has attended numerous training courses for management and quality control, including Purdue’s Electrical Project Management Institute, and DOE safety certification.
At Weifield Group Contracting, Pete is responsible for the success of construction management of onsite work. He oversees a variety of private and public projects by supervising project superintendents who perform field implementation on projects. As a construction manager, Pete handles a variety of projects which typically range in size from $1M to $20M+. As a key asset to Weifield, he also handles high-profile, large, and difficult projects as the onsite superintendent. Pete provides training programs to keep employees aware of new codes, technology, processes, and procedures.
Bauerle & Company, P.C.
Pete Aden, a Bauerle & Company 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.
Jim Bakhaus, Director of Residential Operations at Namaste Solar, is appreciative of the work the IECRM does to empower its students with the knowledge and tools to succeed in the electrical trade. “As a manager of apprentices, and a former student myself, I have witnessed first-hand the value that the IECRM provides to the community, and I would be more than happy to be a part of helping this organization thrive by serving on its Board. As a board member, I would apply my experiences as a licensed electrician, tradesman, and business owner of Namaste Solar, to help the Board of Directors make decisions that will benefit all stakeholders.”
1st Electric Contractors, Inc.
Lindsey Cox and 1st Electric Contractors, Inc. have been a member of IECRM since January 2008. Over the past six and a half years, IECRM has become 1st Electric’s legislative and training asset, marketing and recruiting ally, and local and national-level political advocate. IECRM is more than our contractor’s association-they’re our partner in business. As such, I have invested myself into IECRM the last four years by serving on the Membership and Events Committee in an effort to further promote synergy between 1st Electric and IECRM.
Integrity Electrical Solutions, LLC
Chris Cumpton is the Past President of the IECRM Board of Directors.
Chris is the President of Integrity Electrical Solutions, a Colorado Electrical Contractor that performs electrical and data services as well as special project work. Chris began his electrical career in 1977, and is proud to have served as an IECRM Board member since 2011. He sits on the Finance Committee, and the Building Committee.
Chris is passionate about merit shop ideals, and the part that Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain plays in the Colorado electrical industry. He fully supports the association’s values and goals, and actively promotes them.
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.”
Janet Martin, Co-Owner/CFO of Bret’s Electric, LLC, has been a member of IECRM since 1993. She has held positions within IEC both locally and nationally. Janet strongly believes that enhancing the electrical industry’s success is directly correlated with developing a professional workforce, and is essential to the successful future of our industry.
On a local level, she has held a seat on the IECRM Board of Directors for two years. Throughout her involvement with IECRM, she has four years of experience serving as the Membership and Events Committee Chairperson, and she is currently on the Membership & Events Committee.
On the national level of IEC, Janet was recently elected to a second term as the Regional Director for the Mountain/Southwest Region, one of the largest regions of IEC. She is now the Chairperson for PAC/PEF, and currently a committee member for Government Relations.
From 2004-2012, Janet was actively involved with the community by being part of the Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce which serves the town of Firestone, Frederick, and Dacono. The positions she held with the Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce are as follows: President of the Executive Board of Directors, Secretary of the Executive Board of Directors, Member of the Advisory Executive Board, Chairperson for Business after Hours Committee, and Chairperson for Annual Dinner Committee.
Siemens Industry, Inc.
After graduating from Colorado School of Mines with an Engineering degree, specialty in Electrical, Paula Nolan moved to Siemens in 2006 as a Channel Focused Sales Engineer. In this position, she got her start at IECRM in the Membership & Events Committee. She was elected to the IECRM Board of Directors in 2012, and she is currently the Executive Secretary.
In 2013, Paula won the IEC National Industry Partner of the Year award for Siemens due to her efforts in heading up the Emerging Leaders Program at IECRM. She earned her MBA in December 2013. She recently changed positions at Siemens to the Training and Onboarding Manager for the Channel Marketing & Development Team.
One of Paula’s main interests is how we encourage qualified young professionals into our trade and then how we maintain them and grow them to become our next business leaders. She believes that IECRM is the backbone to the success and longevity of the electrcal industry.
Herb Phelps, Certified Insurance Counselor with Network Insurance, has been in the Insurance Industry focusing on helping contractors since 1991. He has had the opportunity to work with contractors involved in every phase of construction. “My experience has helped me appreciate the dedication to professionalism that electrical contractors bring to the construction industry. I have been involved with the IEC for many years – serving on the Safety Committee in 2000 and 2001 and again in 2007 and 2008. Currently, and for the past 2 years, I have served on the Government Relations committee. I believe that support for the Merit Shop philosophy and the free enterprise system is vital to keeping our country on the right track, and I want to support the IECRM in efforts to influence legislation locally and nationally. Serving on the Board of IECRM will enable me to give back to an organization that is having a positive impact in our state and that has helped so many of us grow and become better leaders.”
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.
For the past 9 years, Dennis has served on the National Diversity Committee for Associated Builders & Contractors, aka ABC. He also serves on the ABC National Business Development Committee. For the past 15 years he served on the Hispanic Contractors of Colorado Board of Directors. He also serves on the local and national Associate Council of AGC, he is EX-Officio for the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute, The National Board of Directors of AEMP (Associated Equipment Management Professionals) and their Marketing and Industry Relations Committee.
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 a Little League program in the Denver area 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.
Over the years Dennis has received numerous local, community and National Awards for his contributions.
Robert Watkins –
I am a third generation master electrician licensed in Colorado and Wyoming. I grew up doing service changes on the weekends and answering my grandfather’s code quizzes. Over my 20+ year career I have been involved with almost every part of our industry. I started out as an apprentice in the field working my way to a superintendent position, then moving into the office as a Project Manager and eventually into a position of running a $20M electrical department. I also spent 5 years formally instructing apprentices at CITC and IECRM. Some highlights along my journey have been obtaining my 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. I have 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.
My desire to serve on the Board of Directors is twofold. First, I believe in giving back to an industry that has served me well over my career. The future of our industry is being taught within the walls of IECRM’s schools and through our contractor members. I would like the opportunity to use my skill set and experience to promote, educate and support open-market contractors in our industry. Second, I believe in the merit shop philosophy. Having worked for an IBEW signatory contractor (I did resign from IBEW Local 68 in 2001), I am well aware of the advantages of being in a merit shop. I believe my unique experiences and perspective will help guide the industry into the future and create a strong business environment for electrical contractors