The Independent Electrical Contractors – Rocky Mountain Chapter named five new directors to its board during the organizations annual “State of the Industry” business meeting on November 8, 2018.
Meet the New Directors
Sam Gluck, APCO Electric
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 I am and now a part of my son’s life, a 3rd generation electrician,” says Sam. “I want 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 brings his skills from both an “in the weeds” approach in the field to solve problems, and a “Mile High” macroscopic view to planning projects, design and collaborative work. Together with engineers, architects, designers, partner contractors and clients he facilitates collaborative ways to building a better industry. “I believe that no one in the industry has all the answers, but I believe I can help to find the solution to any issue that arises through a network of industry partners that have been developed over the last 25 years,” he says.
Sam hopes his analytic and strategic abilities help take IECRM into the future. “IECRM and its board of directors have a solid reputation for growth and leadership,” Sam points out. “I would hope to contribute to the leadership team with a high level of energy, focus and drive to achieve consistent growth in the electrical industry.”
Jeramie Green, Graybar
Jeramie Green currently manages Graybar’s electric division business throughout most of Colorado and Wyoming. Graybar Electric is a $7B Fortune 500 employee-owned company with 260 locations around the country.
Jeramie has held positions at Graybar in sales and sales management for both the communications and electrical businesses at a manufacturer and distributor level. His community activities have included several homeless foundation contributions and direct involvement, as well as veteran foundation coordination and event management.
“My intent in serving on the IECRM Board of Directors is to initially learn the challenges and direction we face today,” Jeramie says. “In the short term, my goal is to immerse myself into the activities of the board and committees by simply rolling up the sleeves and going to work. Long term, I hope to spend considerable time focusing on the development of future leaders, recruitment of future electricians, and developing a consistent path for the future of the IECRM.”
Competency in business operations, geographic sales management, strategy development, business planning, P&L management, sales coaching and development, promotional activity development, and leading cultural change are the skills Jeramie brings to the IECRM board.
Graybar Electric is a long time sponsor of IECRM. Jeramie became extensively engaged in the organization when he returned to Colorado in 2017. “This has included sponsoring many events, volunteering my time and that of staff members on IECRM committees, and personally engaging in the Government Relations Committee,” he says.
David Jones, QED
David Jones has been with QED for over 30 years and in the electrical industry for longer than that. “Our business has grown beyond most expectations,” says David. “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.”
David believes partnerships and helping the industry grow and prosper for years to come are vital. “I will continue to help the growth and success of IECRM to build
better partnerships within all sectors of the industry and encourage the next generation of electricians,” he promises.
David’s skill in relationship building throughout the industry is one of his strengths. He has proven his ability to provide solutions from manufacturers, manufacturers representatives, agencies and distributors to electrical contractors.
For the past two years, David has served on the IECRM board of directors. He served on the board’s Executive Committee as Secretary and represented IECRM at the last two IEC National Conventions. “I am committed to participating in IECRM events, promoting partnerships between contractors and industry partners, and advancing IECRM’s training programs,” he says.
Brenda Magee, Magee Electric
Brenda Magee is president of Magee Electric, Inc., a family run business since 1991, specializing in new commercial construction and tenant finishes, commercial service work, high-end custom homes and residential service work.
“Among our family members in the business, we have more than 75 years of experience in the electrical industry,” says Brenda. “I deal with all financial aspects of running the company and many other administrative responsibilities.”
Her interest in serving on the IECRM Board of Directors is to bring her industry
and business knowledge and skills to serve the continued growth of the association.
“As the president of a small electrical contracting company, I bring the experience and expertise of an owner running a small business,” she says. “I understand first hand what it takes to manage infrastructure and operations in this industry.”
Brenda’s specific skills as an accounting and finance professional will contribute to the important work in service to the board.Magee Electric has been a member of IECRM for more than five years. “I am a member of the IECRM Emerging Leaders committee and support the growth and development of our next generation leaders in this industry,” she notes. “My son is an instructor in the IECRM Apprenticeship Program and Career College courses, and I look forward to serving on the board and sharing the knowledge of what I have learned in the 27 years of running a small electrical business.”
Russell Tafoya, Weifield Group Contracting
At Weifield, Russell Tafoya is a Project Executive, He assists in developing, implementing, and training the future leaders of the company via a platform directed at apprentices. “What we do through our programming helps apprentices to build a solid understanding of processes, procedures, and our company culture while promoting confidence and improving their communication skills,” says Russell. “I also oversee other training capacities which are more general audience-focused as well as specific training for our project management team.”
He was voted to be, and still maintains the role, of chairman and facilitator of an
internal Weifield Council that the company’s founders initiated to serve as a sounding board for new ideas, implementation initiatives, and a conduit for
employee voices. The key focus of this Council is to maintain a positive organizational culture.
“When I joined the newly formed Weifield 14 years ago, I was the first project manager to come on board,” says Russell. “The leadership, time, and care that Weifield Group’s four owners — Seth, Pete, James, and Karla — have shown me, creates an environment that has allowed me to embrace this industry, understand the details of managing risk through different styles, and focus on people.” He emphasizes that this philosophy has allowed him to grow as a leader and increase his ability to mentor, train, and support the people of the company on multiple fronts.
Russell brings an analytical and creative approach to business, process, teaching, and communication. “Contribution, to me, means sincerity of intention with a commitment to the betterment of the people around me,” he says. “I start with a heart-first, facts-second approach and maintain awareness of others’ needs; then take decisive action with a commitment to team goals.”
Through his current involvement with three groups at Associated General Contractors, Russell provides an important voice of the industry to designers, the general contracting community, and other subcontractors. “I believe that to promote open communication, to build trust within the industry, and to work on improving our collective future in construction is how we all succeed,” he says.
Russell has served on the IECRM Membership & Events committee. “Through personal phone calls and networking at events, I’ve appreciated the opportunity to encourage engagement of members to benefit from what the IECRM has to offer,” he states.
Returning Board members (2017-2019 terms)
Pete Aden, Wipfli/Bauerle & Company
Robert Cheney, RK Electric
Leighland Gutierrez, Courtesy Electric
Nathan Goodman, Eaton Corporation
Justin Martin, Bret’s Electric
David Scott, Encore Electric
Dennis Walker, United Rentals
Robert Watkins, Kenny Electric