November 21, 2016

IECRM Wins Big at IEC CON 2016!

IECRM and Six of Its Electrical Contractors and Energy Companies Receive National Recognition for a Total of Ten Awards

Six Colorado energy industry companies received national awards for excellence in electrical construction, safety, and industry achievement, reigning in a total of ten national awards at the 59th Annual IEC (Independent Electrical Contractors) National Awards Gala, October 29, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas. Additionally, the IEC Rocky Mountain chapter ( was recognized as the IEC Chapter of the Year, Apprenticeship Chapter of the Year, and received a Membership award for reaching its annual growth goal.  IECRM graduate Scott Sorensen with Eckstine Electric won 1st place in the national wire-off competition and received recognition as the IEC National Apprentice of the Year.

The awards were presented at the 59th Annual IEC National Convention (IEC Con), a conference and expo attended by several of the 51 IEC chapters located across the United States, and the hundreds of electrical contractors and energy industry companies that belong to each chapter. More than 25 IECRM members attended IEC CON this year, comprised of apprentices, electrical contractors, industry partners, and staff.

The awards and their recipients are as follows:

2016 IEC National Competition Winner and Apprentice of the Year: Scott Sorensen, Eckstine Electric, IEC Rocky Mountain

Chapter of the Year: IEC Rocky Mountain (90+ contractor members)

Apprenticeship Chapter of the Year: IEC Rocky Mountain

Membership Growth Goals: IEC Rocky Mountain

Industry Achievement Award: Southwire

Legacy Award: James Golly, Eaton

IEC-CNA Safety Award: IES Commercial – Denver



1st Electric Contractors (Lakewood, CO) – Kent Place Residences
RESIDENTIAL Multi-family, mid-rise buildings above three-stories

Bret’s Electric (Frederick, CO) – Value Plastics Manufacturing
INDUSTRIAL Contract amounts from $1,500,001 to $5,000,000

Weifield Group Contracting (Denver, CO) – Pepsi Center Lighting Upgrades
COMMERCIAL Contract amounts from $500,001 to $1,500,000

Weifield Group Contracting (Denver, CO) – Longmont Wastewater Treatment Plant – Gravity Thickener & Waste Digester
INDUSTRIAL Contract amounts to $1,500,000

“It was a big night for IECRM at the IEC National Convention Awards Gala. Congratulations to Scott Sorensen who won the National Wire-off competition and was named IEC National APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR! Scott is a 2016 IECRM graduate and works for Eckstine Electric.”

“Many of our local chapter industry partners are active at the national level — companies like Eaton, IDEAL, Thomas & Betts, Milwaukee Tool, Graybar, QED, and Siemens.  National industry partner and local chapter member Southwire was recognized as Industry Partner of the Year, in part for their equipment donations which we received this year.”

“A big congrats to IECRM Training Director Paul Lingo for his vision to bring our IECRM skills challenge winners to the national conference, truly helping to grow awareness of the broader industry among our next generation electricians in attendance. Scott’s participation last year paid off to prepare him to take home the gold in the competition this year ,” said Marilyn Akers Stansbury, IECRM CEO.

Visit or call (303) 853-4886 to learn more about IECRM, and to find out how to become a member or partner of the trade association.

About Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM)
Since 1981, the Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM) has been
the leading electrical and renewable energy contractor association in Colorado. Representing more than 200 member companies and educating over 1,500 electrical apprentices and licensed electricians annually, IECRM is dedicated to educating, promoting, and advancing the energy industry and merit shop

IECRM, located in Denver, Colorado, is a chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC), a national trade association for merit shop electrical and systems contractors.



IECRM Wins Chapter of the Year Award at IEC CON 2016


IECRM Graduate, Scott Sorensen, competes live at the IEC CON 2016 National Competition



IECRM Graduate, Scott Sorensen, wins 1st place and Apprentice of the Year at the IEC CON 2016 National Competition


IECRM apprentices, electrical contractors, industry partners, and staff take the stage for a group photo