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Apprentice Spotlight:  Ryan Gimeno, Specialized Electric Company — Learning about Quality and Great Customer Service

EDITOR’S NOTE: Our new Spotlight section features contractors, alumni, and apprentices

About…

Many of you know Ryan Gimeno as the Prince of the Sparkling Ice Castle of the Future float. In this issue’s IECRM Apprentice Spotlight, we’re introducing you to the man behind the crown.

A Colorado native, Ryan grew up believing that a stable, life-long career was his second greatest goal for his life and becoming an electrician became a natural choice. “Being in this industry provides me with a stable career, one that grows as I do, financial security, and the opportunity for life-long learning,” says Ryan.

Ryan’s first goal was to marry the woman of his dreams. He married Crystal in 2011. Together they have two beautiful daughters, Ava (7) and Lily (4). “IECRM and my employer have taught me a skilled trade that gives me the ability to take care of my family, and advance and excel professionally,” he says. “Being able to train on the job and in the classroom at the same time as well as have no college loan debt, is a gift that not everyone who seeks to build a career after high school can claim.”

Ryan joined Specialized Electric in 2015 and continues to pursue his education and training at IECRM. Specialized Electric is a full-service electrical contracting company that handles electrical needs from initial installation to troubleshooting and ongoing maintenance. It is a local, family-owned business serving the Denver metro area since 2002. “This is a great company for me,” says Ryan. “They are committed to maintaining a highly-trained, competent and safety-conscious staff.”

Favorite Project…

“I love my job, but by far, my favorite project has been being part of the design and build of IECRM’s Parade of Lights float,” Ryan says. “It really was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’m so grateful to have shared it with IECRM and my employer.”

An ancillary benefit of being part of the float project was the opportunity to hone his presentation skills and actually be interviewed by the news media. “That’s a skill that not many can say they get to develop through a work-related project, and it’s one that I might not have learned if not for the IECRM Ice Castle Float,” Ryan says.

Most Successful Work Habits…

“I was raised in the philosophy of my family, that if you are going to do something, you might as well become the very best at it,” reflects Ryan. “When I walk onto the job site each day, I make sure to bring a great attitude and a clear plan.” Ryan believes that communication is the key to ensuring an efficiently run job site, along with great co-workers.

Heroes…

“My hero is my grandfather. He fought in WWII and ran his own construction company for many years,” he says. Ryan would accompany his granddad to job sites when he was young and from those experiences, he learned what he wanted to do in life and as a career. “My grandfather showed me that hard work and dedication can truly change your life for the better,” he smiles. “I’m so proud that I have been able to follow in his footsteps, and I know that he would be very proud, too.”

Best Advice for Colleagues, Apprentices, and Students…

Ryan’s best advice for graduating high school students, fellow-apprentices, and his co-workers is this, “If you are someone who is interested in a secure job for the future, great pay opportunity…if you want to work with your hands and make money while you learn, then I highly recommend becoming an electrician.”

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