October 31, 2019

Independent Electrical Contractors – Rocky Mountain Region Wins Major Honors at National Convention & Expo

In early October, forty-one IECRM contractor members, industry partners, apprentices, and staff attended the National Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Convention and Expo in St. Louis, MO. IECRM was a major presence at the five-day event and brought home 12 of IEC’s top awards. 

“Winning an IEC National Award is a distinguished honor,” says Marilyn Stansbury, IECRM CEO. “These accomplishments set the bar for industry best practices and contribute to the overall advancement of the independent electrical industry. We couldn’t be more proud.”

The awards presented to IECRM were:

  • National Instructor of the Year: Cal Blair – KM Electric
  • Industry Achievement Award: David Jones – QED Supply
  • Apprenticeship Chapter of the Year: IECRM
  • Chapter of the Year (90+ Contractors): IECRM
  • Legislative Chapter of the Year (90+ Contractors): IECRM
  • Community Service Individual Award: Jim and Becky Schoenfelder – 1st Electric Contractors, Inc.
  • Award of Excellence in Energy Efficient/Green Construction: Weifield Group Electrical Contracting for Colorado School of Mines, ISOC Project

National Project Excellence Awards: 

  • 1st Electric Contractors, Inc. for AMLI Riverfront Green
  • Weifield Group ELectrical Contracting for Verizon NEC2A Data Center Project
  • Bret’s Electric, LLC for RE-4 Schools

Rising Star Award: Leighland Gutierrez – Courtesy Electric Company

National Apprentice of the Year: 3rd Place: Michael Curtis – Integrity Electric Solutions, LLC

Each year, the National Apprentice of the Year Competition places the top graduate chapter apprentice training programs across the country in head-to-head competition for prizes and recognition as the IEC National Apprentice of the Year. It includes a combination of knowledge and skills over multiple days and was intense. This year there were 24 contestants from across the country who won regional competitions to qualify for IEC National. The 2019 third-place winner was IECRM’s Michael Curtis from Integrity Electric, Inc. 

During the competition the contestants:

  • Took a written exam to evaluate their knowledge of electrical theory, code, materials, and installation practices.
  • Prepared a motor logic diagram based on a written description of a field application.
  • Demonstrated their skills in bending metallic electrical tubing.
  • Demonstrated their troubleshooting skills by accurately diagnosing a fault in a common piece of electrical equipment.
  • Demonstrated their job-site productivity by participating in a speed exercise in which they will install common electrical circuitry.
  • Accurately installed electrical distribution and control circuitry utilizing customer-supplied materials, circuit descriptions, specifications, and control diagrams.
  • Demonstrated their knowledge of safe work practices.


Since 1981, the Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM) has been the leading electrical and renewable energy contractor association in Colorado. Representing more than 250 member companies and educating over 2400 electrical apprentices and licensed electricians annually, IECRM is dedicated to educating, promoting, and advancing the energy industry.

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