Atlanta Partner Member, Southwire Upgrades to Diamond Level
IEC Atlanta Chapter is proud to announce that IEC Atlanta Partner member, Southwire has upgraded to Diamond Level membership!
As a Diamond level partner member, Southwire receives teams in golf tournaments, clay shoots and fishing tournaments. Diamond level provides access to luncheon meetings, sponsorships at all IEC’s major events, including an overall event sponsorship.
Southwire is committed to helping electrical contractors improve productivity through innovation such as their SimPull, stackable reels of wire and recent introduction of redesigned hand tools. Training Manager, Bill Fowler sees the value in working with IEC and their contractors through assisting with training on productivity improvements and embracing change within the industry.
This is reflected in the upcoming IEC Day at Southwire on March 11th, 8am – 3pm. This is a free full day of training on innovative solutions for pre-construction, overview of Southwire’s Jobsite Apps, Feeder Management solutions and the overview of hand tools, meters, temp power, lighting and Southwire components. To register for this training click here.
On December 3rd IEC Atlanta and Georgia Chapters held its annual Christmas Party and awards ceremony at Maggiano’s Little Italy at Cumberland. Hosting 130 in attendance, Contractors, Partner members and their guests enjoyed an afternoon filled with fun, prizes and the recognition of the 2021 Award winners within the Atlanta/GA chapter.
The afternoon began with drinks and hors d’oeuvres being served as guests arrived. Atlanta Board President, Steve Askea opened with a welcome and thank you to the 2022 Board of Directors. IEC is strong because of its members, and the first item on the celebration agenda was acknowledging IEC’s loyal members. Awards were given to members for their service for 5, 10, 15, 25, 35 and 50 years plus.
In addition to membership awards, there were some select members awarded;
IEC would like to thank Overall event sponsor, Federated Insurance for supporting this year end gala! Additional thank yous go to Prize sponsor Titan Electric of Georgia, Entertainment sponsor Milwaukee Tool, Drink sponsors were Graybar Electric, Mayer Electric, MC Dean, Southwire and World Electric! If you enjoyed the hors d’oeuvres, that was thanks to AED, Harbin Agency, Home Depot, Hubbell and Rexel. The delicious dinner was thanks to ABB, Acuity Brands, Agora Systems, Atlanta Workforce, AED, Bensource, Commercial Truck Sales, Duvall Agency, Elliott Electric Supply, Federated Insurance, Harbin Agency, Lade Electric Supply, Legrand, Lighting Associates, Selec Source, Smart Lighting Solutions and World Electric Supply! Our members help to make IEC events spectacular!
IEC and its members look forward to this annual event. Guests received the year- end review, raffle prize drawings, Maggiano’s family style dinner and an engaging performance from comedian Lanny Farmer. This was a great way for IEC to thank its members for another amazing year! Take a look at pictures from this event below.
By: Todd Hawkins, IEC Associate Executive Director of Workforce
As we say farewell to the year 2021 IEC looks forward to our continued Mission Driven-Member Focused efforts in 2022. This past weekend the instructors attended a holiday party that thanked them for their efforts in training the next generation of IEC Member electricians. The exciting testimonies given by instructors and family members reminded us all of the importance of community, skill and performance in our daily jobs. Each instructor recounted their journey from apprentice to electrician to IEC Instructor. The many comments about the support of the IEC Community to their education and career brought a sense of pride that IEC in fact meets the mission of providing high quality services that improve the success of merit shop electrical contractors and their employees. Each instructor mentioned the skills they obtained by being trained in the art of electrical installations from predecessors that gave their time and energy to them in the classroom and through on-the-job training in the field. Their comments affirmed that working the merit-shop way is how our performance gets judged when we take great care of customers, show great skills and complete our work with a glad heart. The finale from each person showed the appreciation for family, their sacrifices in the education process and their continued support for the instructor’s daily role in the lives of so many of the IEC Family.
As we move into 2022 each member is invited to step into a vital role of Mission Driven – Member Focused actions! Please join a committee, participate in the exciting activities or make the ultimate decision to become part of the instructor staff at IEC. Thank You for being an IEC Member, Happy New Year!
Congratulations Augusta Georgia Graduates On Thursday, November 18, IEC Graduates, Member Contractors, family and guests joined a grand celebration for the Class of 2021. Commemorating accomplishments, skills and a lifetime career, employees from Barbee Electric, Inc. and Rowell joined IEC Staff to celebrate the graduating class of Augusta Georgia.
Mr. Brad Barbee, Barbee Electric, provided the Commencement Address stating that the steps to success require passion, hard work, a focus on what matters most and persistence in creating ideas and pushing the limits to be an extraordinary person. Other attendees commented on how pleased they were to see goals come to reality for the graduates, and a few mentioned their excitement for continuing a great career.
The Academic Excellence Award for the highest 4-year grade point average went to Thomas Godbee, Rowell Electric. The Academic Achievement award for keeping an A-average over the 4-year program went to Phillip Pinchen, Rowell Electric.
Congratulations to the new Electricians in Augusta Georgia, Class of 2021
Pictured – Student, Contractor, Rusty Rowell, Instructor: Gerald Scholtes II.
Each graduate received a tool from Southwire’s Top Gun package. Congratulations to the Augusta Georgia Class of 2021
Welcome Jordan High School College and Career Academy
If you haven’t heard the news, IEC Georgia is making some new Apprenticeship training moves in the Columbus area. The new training location will be at the Jordan Vocational High School College and Career Academy at the beginning of the year.
In preparation of the new location, Jordan’s College and Career academy’s CEO, Tim Vinson and instructor, Jimmy Napier visited our Atlanta facility to see how the labs are set-up in order to create the workspace in the new facility. 2022 will bring great things for Columbus apprentices!
IEC’s 2021 Sporting Clay Shoot Was a Blast in Griffin, GA
IEC Atlanta hosted its annual Sporting Clay Shoot on November 12th at the Cherokee Rose Gun Club in Griffin, GA. 12 teams converged at what is known as a premier sporting clays destination. It was a beautiful and perfect day to shoot! Congratulations are in order for the following clay shoot winners.
First place- Team 1 shooting a total of 317, winners Tommy Sheppard, Jeff Brewer, Ryan Stancil and Barry T. (not pictured)
Second place- Team 9 shooting a total of 316, winners Jason Cash, Zach Melton, Gene Smiley and John Owen
Third place- Team 6 shooting a total of 274, winners Cody Gooden, Justin Ray and Kelvin Naquin
High shooter- Congratulations goes to high shooter, Tommy Sheppard on shooting a 92!
This year a new category was added; the “Dead Ass Last” award goes to Tyson Baker! IEC thanks Tyson for his effort! See pictures from this event below.
IEC would also like to thank overall event sponsor Lighting Associates, lunch sponsor Excel Electrical Technologies and station sponsors; ABB, Acuity Brands, AED, Atlantic Workforce, Bensource, Burndy, Commercial Truck and Van, Duvall Agency, Elliott Electric Supply, Federated Insurance, Harbin Insurance, Lade-Danlar, Legrand, Mayer, SelecSource, Smart Lighting and World Electric.
This was a great networking opportunity, thanks to everyone who participated.
IEC’s 2021 Power Show Delivered Different and Awesome
The 2021 Power Show is a wrap! Tuesday, October 26th IEC Atlanta/ Georgia Chapters hosted over 50 vendors and 800 guests at an awesome new location, the Wills Park Equestrian Center! From 2pm to 6pm vendors were set up in an outdoor environment along with the Ideal Industries Competition and the IEC Skills Based Competition. Ongoing raffle prizes were distributed, an open bar and delicious BBQ grilled thanks to Chad Brooks of ATS, and Mike Sasser and Justin Mercer of Craft! Onsite power was promised and delivered by ESSE, as they provided a powerful generator and were on hand with a portable generator demonstration.
It was a beautiful and windy day, with crowds beginning around 11:30am helping with set up and preparing to participate when the event officially opened at 2pm. Crowds continued until food was served at 5pm. As always with the Power Show, those remained until the end with hopes to claim remaining gifts; among them were Trimble’s 43 inch television and Home Depot’s Ring Jobsite Starter Kit.
IEC did the Power Show a little different this year and it may appear easy, but that is only because of the organized hard work of all those supporting it. Multiple “Thank yous” are in order. Thanks to Square D for the show bags, Atlanta Electrical Distributors for the Lanyards, Eaton and HR Partners for sponsoring the bar. Of course thank you to each vendor for setting up and sharing your service and products with the industry, and to those donating the fantastic raffle prizes.
See pictures from this event below! Make sure you register to attend the upcoming Sporting Clay Shoot November 12th and Christmas Party on December 3rd!
Columbus is 1st Stop for Georgia Chapter Luncheons, Let’s Talk Productivity
IEC Georgia Chapter held the first of its four Luncheons targeting major Georgia chapter areas. First stop, Columbus, Georgia where 20 attendees gathered at Longhorn Steakhouse for a presentation by Southwire. “Thinking Differently Using Technology & Products on Your Jobsite” was the topic. Thank you Allen Hooper of Southwire!
In addition to the informative session, a lot can happen in an IEC luncheon! The CTA Director of Jordan High School College and Career Academy, Tim Vinson was onsite and shared an exciting development. IEC will be moving its apprenticeship program to Jordan!
IEC contractor member Joshua Vandusseldorp, owner of Able Electric spoke about his recovery program operating for individuals who have been incarcerated. Vandusseldorp has given those individuals opportunity and new lives, while growing his business. He is working on a grant for the IEC program that allows these individuals to complete the IEC training.
Members meet and referrals can happen. It’s about being with like-minded contractors and the right place at the right time. We have 3 more sessions scheduled! Savannah October 22nd, Augusta October 29th and Macon November 5th. These luncheons are sponsored by Southwire, The Sack Company and ACE Electric.
IEC Contractors, Partners and Guests Tee Off at the 2021 Fall Golf Tournament
On October 18th IEC Atlanta hosted its Fall Golf Tournament at Laurel Springs Golf Club in Suwanee, Georgia. It was a beautiful day for the 13 teams that came out to compete for cash, prizes and a ranking in IEC’s annual golf tournament.
First place winners were; Steve Henry, Tom Kobe, Jordan Cauiness and Mitch Booth scoring a 56! This team took home a cash prize of $400 and first place trophies! Well done gentlemen! Additional winners were as follows;
Thank you to the sponsors that supported this networking opportunity! Legrand, overall Event Sponsor, Milwaukee Tool, IEC’s official lunch sponsor, CED/ Legrand drink sponsor, HESCO putting green sponsor, Graybar Electric Company sponsored Closest- to- the- Pin and Smart Lighting Solutions Sponsored Longest drive. IEC appreciates each and every hole sponsor! See full list of sponsors here!
Be assured competitions were won and connections were made! Thank you to all that joined this event and we look forward to seeing you at the next one! See pictures from this event here.
Congratulations to IEC’s Georgia Chapter on being awarded the 2021 IEC Chapter Growth Award! Executive Director, Niel Dawson and the Georgia Board of Directors President, Robbie Jones, received recognition during the 2021 IEC Convention and Expo that took place in Denver, Colorado from October 6th to the 9th. IEC Georgia has produced nearly 25% growth since January of 2021. According to Executive Director, Niel Dawson, “It’s because we are doing all the right things! We provide useful services to our members and we make the changes when we need to! It is about taking care of the member’s needs.” Taking care of member needs includes a dedicated staff in place. IEC’s Membership and Marketing Coordinator, Marie Thornton organizes luncheons for networking and connection, as well as continuing education opportunities to equip our members with the tools to combat any challenge in their business.
IEC Georgia recently met to discuss the strategic plan for the next 3 years. IEC is looking forward to further growth and success in the years to come.