March 21, 2013

Colorado’s Future Energy Leaders Learn How to Give Back

2012-13 Emerging Leaders Program

DENVER, Colorado – March 21, 2013 – On March 14th, 20 of Colorado’s future energy leaders spent a day learning how to give back to the community, by way of volunteerism and nonprofit leadership. That day was the second-to-last installment of the IECRM Emerging Leaders Program, a seven-month leadership training program launched in October 2012 by the Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM), a trade association and educational institution for energy professionals.

The 20 participants in the 2012-13 Emerging Leaders Program were hand-selected from nearly 200 Colorado electrical and renewable energy contractors and partners, including Allcable, Inc. (Denver, CO), Integrity Electrical Solutions, LLC (Englewood, CO), LEI Companies, Inc. (Denver, CO), Namaste Solar (Boulder, CO), Northern Electric, Inc. (Westminster, CO), and Siemens Industry, Inc. (Littleton, CO).

“A true leader is not only skilled in leading people, tactically savvy, politically astute, and financially successful — but a true leader also embodies the understanding and compassion to give back,” said IECRM CEO, Spenser Villwock, MNM, LEED AP.

Throughout the day, the Emerging Leaders heard speeches from eight philanthropists and established leaders:

  • Art Enns, Director of Engineers Without Borders USA (Boulder, CO)
  • Len Koch, Senior Vice President of Vectra Bank (Boulder, CO)
  • Paula Nolan, Sales Engineer of Siemens Industry, Inc. (Littleton, CO)
  • Bob Ridgeway, Operations Director of The Greenhouse Project (Denver, CO)
  • Rich Rosenthal, President of Hi-Tech Electrical, Inc. (Centennial, CO)
  • Jim Schoenfelder, President of 1st Electric Contractors, Inc. (Lakewood, CO)
  • Phil Soderborg, Business Development Manager of GE Johnson Construction Company (Greenwood Village, CO)
  • Spenser Villwock, CEO of Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (Denver, CO)

Art Enns, Director of Boulder-based nonprofit, Engineers Without Borders USA, led the group on a private tour of The Greenhouse Project at 1031 33rd Street in Denver. The Greenhouse Project is the nation’s first collaborative workspace for internationally-focused nonprofits in Colorado. It was launched by Lakewood-based nonprofit, iDE, along with former Colorado House speaker Andrew Romanoff, and is partnered with the Denver Housing Authority.

Learn more about IECRM, the IECRM Emerging Leaders Program, or about becoming a member or partner of the largest energy trade association in Colorado by visiting, or by calling (303) 853-4886.