On Monday, April 1st, the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) along with the Atlanta Electrical Contractors and Mechanical Contractors of Georgia hosted the Specialty Contractors Coalition’s (SCC) 1st Ryder Cup fundraiser and exceeded their $10,000 goal, raising nearly $12,000. This enjoyable and interacting event was organized by SCC to raise political action committee (PAC) funds to support pro-business legislature in the Georgia General Assembly. This is the 3rd year the SCC has been in existence, and it is a tremendous benefit to the construction industry.
The SCC Ryder Cup fundraiser has major support from the construction industry, and it is evident by the participation of electrical contractors, mechanical contractors to general contractors throughout the industry. IEC members Legrand and S.M. Ellis Company each sponsored a hole with many IEC members, including Atlanta board members Steve Fowler and Tom Lemay who also played in the event. The very successful event far exceeded expectation with 92 golfers and 20 sponsors; the event was filled to capacity, so some golfers were waitlisted.
The SCC raised nearly $12,000 to power the fight for pro-business legislature, but they did not do it alone. Thank you to every organization that helped to make this event a success. Including a special thanks to our lobbyist Lee Lemke. Through everyone’s efforts we will make a positive impact on the legislature and its effect on your business.
The award was presented during the 2012 National Convention and Expo in Ft. Worth Texas. This is a very prestigious award as only one chapter is selected out of the 60 nationwide for this honor each year!
The nature of this award is based upon the following criteria: the percentage of member companies participating in the apprenticeship program; use of innovative recruiting methods and quality of student programs and services. Other factors include how well the chapter creates an IEC Community, student grade point averages and retention rates, as well as participation on local and national committees and instructor performance regarding certifications and training that make a direct impact on education quality.
Shown on the right, from left to right is IEC National President Bobby Tutor of Ft. Worth, Atlanta ED Niel Dawson, Training Director Todd Hawkins and Awards Committee representative Janet Martin of Denver.
IEC Atlanta has previously won this award in 1995 and 1998.
The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) announces Mike Gunter is named to the IEC National Apprenticeship and Training Committee by Bob Tutor, IEC National President 2012. Mr. Gunter is currently a 4th year instructor and has taught a combination of 1styear through 4th year classes with IEC for over 15 years. He was influential in developing the online curriculum as well as serving on the national curriculum committee. Mr. Gunter is also participates in the Journeyman testing task force for Atlanta and Georgia Chapters. As a graduate of the IEC Apprenticeship program, he is an indication of the quality education IEC provides. When he is not delving into methods of educating the future of the electrical industry, he holds the position of chief estimator at Electrical Contractors Inc. in Covington, Georgia.
Mr. Gunter will represent Atlanta and Georgia Chapters as well as the entire Southeast Region. Because of Mr. Gunter’s diverse and longstanding experience, he brings the perspective of contractors and instructors to the National A&T committee, as he assists in guiding both the development and implementation of National IEC Apprenticeship program, which has more than 6,000 apprentices nationally.
On January 17 the Governor's Office on Workforce Development held a press conference at the State Capitol to announce the formation of "Go Build Georgia," an initiative to recruitment workers and promote the construction industry as a viable career path. With the average age of a construction worker nearing 50, we are moving ever closer to a major shortage within the industry. This effort by the Office of Workforce Development aims to help this issue by promoting the construction industry. For more details, go to "Go Build Georgia."
Industrial Contractor of the Year - Excel Electrical Technologies - This is the 4th year in a row that Excel has won either the commercial or industrial award!
Atlanta Won the Chapter Excellence Award in Category D This was the first year that Chapter Excellence Awards were given out, and Atlanta is very excited about winning such a prestigous award from a group of very good chapters such as Rocky Mountain (Denver), Texas Gulf Coast (Houston), and many others.
Safety Award (Category B) - LeMay Electric - Russell Shell, LeMay's Safety Director, was very pleased and excited about winning the award.
Safety Award (Category C) - Excel Electrical Technologies - Jack Otting, Excel's Safety Director was on hand to both make a presentation to a panel of judges, as well as except the award. Excel also won the Atlanta Chapter Safety Award in July.
Atlanta Won a $1,000 Home Depot Gift Certficate.