April 29, 2014

Emerging Leaders Volunteer at Freedom Service Dogs of America

IECRM Emerging Leaders Program

DENVER, Colorado – April 29, 2014 – On April 10th, Colorado’s future energy leaders rolled up their sleeves and volunteered at Freedom Service Dogs of America, an Englewood-based non-profit organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to become service dogs for Veterans, active duty soldiers, children, and other individuals. The volunteers were participating in the closing day of the Emerging Leaders Program, a six-month leadership training program led by IECRM, a non-profit energy trade association and electrical school located in Denver, Colorado.

Throughout the day, the volunteers built a custom cat perch and cat door for the shelter’s resident feline, applied a fresh coat of paint to the conference room, and wired and installed a flat screen TV onto the conference room wall.

Emerging Leaders - Bob Purchase and Dawn McCombs

Bob Purchase of Allcable, Inc. and Dawn McCombs of JLL installing a cat door. Like IECRM on Facebook for MORE PHOTOS!

“We are honored to have such amazing friends in our community!” wrote Freedom Service Dogs of America on their Facebook page.

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Building the cat perch for the shelter’s resident feline. Like IECRM on Facebook for MORE PHOTOS!

Volunteers in the Emerging Leaders Program included: RyAnn Cunningham of LEI Companies, Inc., Jonathan Emmons of Encore Electric, Inc., James Enright of Corey Electrical Engineering, Inc., Mike Ewert of Lutron Electronics, Nic Howell and Trevor O’Flaherty of Eaton Electrical, Justin Stencel of Namaste Solar, Dustin Tafoya of Weifield Group Contracting, Paula Nolan of Siemens (Chair), Bob Purchase of Allcable, Inc. (Co-Chair), and Kori Hemans of IECRM (Staff Liaison). Additional volunteers included Dawn McCombs of JLL, Samantha McCormick of IECRM, and David P. Sica of Brand Connections.

Prior to volunteering, the Emerging Leaders spent the morning at IECRM in Denver listening to presentations by Phil Soderborg of GE Johnson Construction Company and Jim Schoenfelder of 1st Electric Contractors, Inc. The speakers relayed the importance of community service and volunteerism in leadership. Tim Welsh, Senior Vice President of IEC National, visited the group in the morning as well.

Freedom Service Dogs of AmericaTo learn about volunteer opportunities with Freedom Service Dogs of America, please visit To learn more about the IECRM Emerging Leaders Program, or about membership and educational opportunities with IECRM, please visit


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