November 26, 2018

IECRM: The State of Our Industry is Strong…and Thriving

 “The State of the Industry Business Dinner is our yearly opportunity to update IEC members on all that is happening in the Rocky Mountain chapter and how we are performing as an association, apprentice training program, and as an industry,”  IECRM Board Chair David Scott told the nearly 150 members and partners present as he opened the evening, November 8th at the Wellshire Event Center.

Marilyn Stansbury walked the audience through IECRM’s 2018 accomplishments and performance:

Member Services

  • 10% increase in Contractor membership
  • 172 Contractor members
  • 82 Industry partners
  • 37 Member events
  • 61 Continuing Education classes
  • 16 Emerging Leaders

Apprenticeship Programs

  • A record-topping 1,883 Apprentices
  • 42 instructors, and we need MORE
  • 40 Apprentices competed in the annual Wire-Off and Skills Challenge

IECRM Outreach: to promote skilled trades and opportunities through apprenticeship and in the overall electrical industry

  • “Women in the Industry” panel discussion at IEC-CON led by Colorado contractors and moderated by Marilyn Stansbury
  • National involvement by our Industry Partners, Contractor Members and 3 Colorado Chapters on national committees, the IEC National Board and through Forum Groups
  • National Apprentice of the Year awarded to Mike Lempka
  • National Instructor of the Year, Joe Tate
  • National Emerging Leaders recognition of Josh barber, Interstates, and Carson Bishop InPwr Inc.

National Leadership Positions

  • Janet Martin – Executive Committee
  • Jim Schoenfelder – Regional Director, Mountain West Region
  • Marilyn Stansbury – IEC Executive Director Council Chair & Board Liaison

Looking ahead to 2019 and beyond, Marilyn discussed IEC National’s Vision 2025: The Pathway to Success and IECRM’s strategic plan to support that vision.  “As we move further into the future and are successfully training and launching the careers of the next generation electrician,” said Marilyn, “our focus areas will continue to be on membership benefits & services, external partnerships, technology and data, marketing and communication, and training and education.” 

She also announced that IECRM is launching an expanded diversity and inclusion initiative that will strengthen the organization’s reach and recruitment efforts. The D&I committee and chair. Leighland Guitierrez, are calling for members to join this new effort.

Keynote speaker and special guest, Gregg Moss, Metro North Chamber of Commerce CEO and president, took the stage after an introduction by Pete Aden from Wipfli/Bauerle, Keynote Speaker sponsor.  “IECRM has had the opportunity to work with Gregg and the Chamber,” he said. “We support his approach to collaboration and partnership and he’s here tonight to share his economic development insights of the future.”

Gregg opened his remarks with an overview of the U.S. and Colorado in that context.  “The U.S. economy is projected to grow around 2.8 percent in 2019,” he said. “A pace that the Denver metro area will match.  Going into 2020, higher interest rates and higher fuel prices plus waning stimulus from the tax cuts will slow growth both nationally and here in our state.”  

Understanding how the local economy fits into the big picture can be difficult without a point of reference,  “Metro Denver’s economy is as large as that of New Zealand,” Gregg noted. “The Fort Collins economy is on par with Laos, and Greeley’s is as big as Armenia’s”

“Things we all need to watch and the challenges that will arise due to the impact of the mid-term election outcome are transportation and infrastructure, school funding, energy development, health insurance, housing and most important, water,” Gregg said.  

The Metro North Chamber is monitoring all of these issues and leaning into workforce development, asserting a bold voice in the telling of stories of great area businesses and is creating a Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  “The power of partnership moves us all forward,” he said. “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

IEC National Spark Safety Recognition

  • Grand Achievement: Bret’s Electric, LLC, Integrity Electrical Solutions, LLC, Encore Electric, Inc.
  • CNA Safety Award:  Integrity Electrical Solutions

IEC National Contractor Recognition

  • Commercial:  Weifield Group Electrical Contractors Award of Excellence in Electrical Construction for its Vertafore Headquarters Project
  • Industrial:  Weifield Group Electrical Contractors Award of Excellence for its Northglenn Wastewater Treatment Facility
  • Low Voltage/Limited Energy Systems: Encore Electric, Inc. Award of Excellence in Electrical Construction for its Entertainment Center for the Arts at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

National Chapter Awards

  • National Team Award: IECRM Sparkling Ice Castle Float for the 9NEWS Parade of Lights
  • Legislative Chapter of the Year: IECRM
  • Apprenticeship Chapter of the Year:  IECRM
  • National Chapter of the Year:  IECRM

Two time IECRM Lifetime Achievement award winner Greg Hall presented this year’s Lifetime Achievement recognition to Kate Raabe from Fisher Phillips.  Kate, who recently announced her retirement, has served as IECRM’s legal counsel for 35 years and has successfully assisted many IEC Rocky Mountain members on labor and employment issues. We will miss Kate’s strategic approach and wish her well as she explores new horizons.

Special thanks to our departing 2018 Board Members

  • Lindsey Cox, 1st Electric
  • Pete Farreny, Weifield Group Contracting
  • Herb Phelps, Network Insurance

Gratitude to our Committee Chairs:

  • Membership & Events, Bryan Beckett – Office Sensei
  • Emerging Leaders, Paula Nolan – Convergint Technologies
  • Safety Committee, Rick Mulnix – Integrity Electrical Solutions
  • Government Relations, David Scott – Encore Electric; Herb Phelps – Network Insurance
  • Finance, Pete Aden – WIPFLI/Bauerle
  • Diversity & Inclusion, Leighland Gutierrez – Courtesy Electric

Board of Trustees, Apprenticeship & Training:

  • Jason Sharpe, Namaste Solar
  • Jay Commuso, iPRO
  • Mike Dina, Integrity Electrical Solutions
  • Ross Finch, Encore Electric
  • Greg Hall, Better-Way Electric
  • Jake Jackson, Juniper Mountain Electric
  • Eloy Martinez, Kenny Electric
  • John Welsh, Welsh Electric
  • Cal Blair, IECRM
  • Paul Lingo, IECRM

Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support:

We especially thank Federated Insurance for premier sponsorship of the State of the Industry event, Milwaukee for supporting cocktail hour, Corey Engineering for those fabulous fall cocktails, Eaton for dinner, Allcable for our table wine to toast the evening and Wipfli/Bauerle for supporting dessert and hosting our keynote speaker Gregg Moss.

We are grateful to all our long time Platinum Partner members Allcable, CED, Graybar, Winlectric, IDEAL, Milwaukee, Federated, and Eaton. We honor our Platinum Partners – ABB and Colorado Business Bank – who are operating now or in 2019 with new names and logos but we are excited to be working with the same great people and building some new relationships. Thanks to our 3 new Platinum Partners in Holmes Murphy, Smith Power Products and Professional Plastics. And also this year, we welcomed REXEL as a Platinum Partner as they upgraded their membership level in late 2017.