May 28, 2020

IECRM Instructor of the Year Spotlight

Chris Papp Tapped as IECRM 2020 Instructor of the Year

The IECRM Instructor of the Year Award is designed to recognize the outstanding efforts of a member of the IECRM training staff who is providing outstanding contributions in support of IECRM’s mission, its apprentices, and the community that it serves. The 2020 recipient of the IECRM Instructor of the Year Award is Chris Papp, an instructor at IECRM for two years who teaches second-year apprentices. 

Chris absolutely loves teaching apprentices. “It is so rewarding to help an apprentice grasp complex electrical concepts and theories,” Chris says. “Most of the students have full-time jobs along with all the responsibilities of life. Their continuous efforts and motivation in their studies is truly the driving force that pushes me to be a better instructor. I am so unbelievably honored to be Instructor of the Year.”

According to Chris, IECRM has such an amazing and extremely knowledgeable group of instructors and incredible staff. “Many of the current instructors were those who guided me through my apprenticeship program at IECRM. They helped me then and continue to help me now as a fellow instructor,” he says. “Many instructors with over 20 years of experience make the time to share some of the tried and proven methods they use to convey more complex subject matter to our apprentices. It truly is a family at IECRM, and I am proud to be a part of it.” 

In addition to finding inspiration from the IECRM team, Chris attributes a great deal to his parents. “They are my greatest role models. My father and mother fled from Hungary to escape communism. When arriving in the United States, they knew extraordinarily little English but had tremendous work ethics,” says Chris. “Their determination and hard work led them to careers in which they could provide for me. Their drive towards success was imprinted on me at a young age, and I still strive to match their work ethic.”

Chris’s proudest role is as a husband and father. “I am a proud husband and father to three awesome kids, two boys and girl, Gavin, Norah, and Grayson. I enjoy spending my free time with them and my lovely wife, as well as catching up on past hobbies, and playing the guitar and drums,” he says. “I have been in the electrical industry for over 13 years now. I am a master electrician, a board member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) Rocky Mountain Chapter, and work for the City of Commerce City as an electrical inspector.”

“IECRM and the electrical industry have given so much to me and my family, it is the least I can do to return the favor by, and I’m quoting Paul Lingo, ‘dropping some knowledge’ on the IECRM apprentices,” Chris concludes. “I would also like to thank my beautiful wife Meghan. She is practically a single mother on the several nights I teach. I cannot thank her enough for her tireless efforts.”