IEC Announces 2017 National Award Winners

The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) awarded exceptional members, chapters, and apprentices at various events during IECCon17, October 25–28, in Phoenix, AZ. All of the 2017 IEC National Award Winners are listed below:

2017 IEC National Apprentice of the Year
1st: Matt Doth, BizCom Electric, IEC of Greater Cincinnati
2nd: Hunter Bakel, JMEG, LP, IEC San Antonio
3rd: Kelly Sustaire, JMEG, LP, IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County

2017 Individual Contest Apprentice Winners
Motor Control Problem: Hunter Bakel, JMEG, LP, IEC San Antonio
Written Exam: Gabriel DiGiacomo, Namaste Solar, IEC Rocky Mountain
Ladder Diagram: Hunter Bakel, JMEG, LP, IEC San Antonio
Conduit Bending: Vladimir Zhuk, AC&E Electric, IEC Oregon
Troubleshooting Activity: Vladimir Zhuk, AC&E Electric, IEC Oregon
Productivity Challenge: Matt Doth, BizCom Electric, IEC of Greater Cincinnati​

National Member of the Year
Rodney Forry, Central Pennsylvania Chapter IEC

Industry Achievement Award
DeRock Electric Company, LLC, Central Pennsylvania Chapter IEC

Apprenticeship Alumni Award
Troy Corrigan, IEC of Kentucky & Southern Indiana

Chapters of the Year
Midwest IEC (16 to 30 contractor members)
IEC San Antonio (31 to 60 contractor members)
IEC of Kentucky & Southern Indiana (61 to 90 contractor members)
IEC Atlanta (91+ contractor members)

Apprenticeship Chapter of the Year
IEC Atlanta

Instructor of the Year
James Wesley, IEC Atlanta

Legislative Chapter of the Year
IEC Rocky Mountain

Chapter Executive Director of the Year
David Johnson, Centex IEC

Community Service Individual Award
Steve Blazer, IEC Southern Colorado

Community Service Team Award
Central Indiana IEC

Legacy Award
Bobby Tutor, IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County

IEC Rising Star Award
Ken Adams, IEC of Utah

Chapter SPARK Award
Central Pennsylvania Chapter IEC

IEC-CNA Safety Awards
Collier Electric, New Britain, CT (1 to 25 employees)
Penco Electrical, Morrow, GA (51 to 125 employees)
IES Texas, San Antonio, TX (126 to 300 employees)
JMEG, LP, Farmer's Branch, TX (301+ employees) 


Multi-family, mid-rise buildings above 3 stories
Mike Hagen Electric, Inc.
Kansas City Power & Light Building

Contract amounts up to $500,000
VA Electric, Inc.
Grand Canyon Replace Roofing System and HVAC at Indian Garden

Contract amounts from $500,001 to $1,500,000
Bergstrom Electric
UND Aerospace & UAS Research - Robin Hall

Contract amounts from $1,500,001 to $5,000,000
Penco Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Georgia State Football Stadium Renovation

Contract amounts over $5,000,001
Raymond James Stadium 2016 Renovations

Contract amounts up to $1,500,000
Weifield Group Contracting
City of Westminster Pump Stations Improvements Project

Contract amounts from $1,500,001 to $5,000,000
Olsson Industrial Electric
​The Dallas Dam Navlock Project

Green Construction
Energy Efficient Retrofit
Central Electric
O'Conner High School Lighting Upgrades​

Service Contractors of the Year
1 to 15 service employees
Metro Electric
McAllen, TX

16 to 50 service employees
Hill Electric
San Antonio, TX

51+ service employees
Milestone Electric
Garland, TX

“IEC is proud to honor our incredible members and chapters,” said IEC National CEO Spenser Villwock. “With more entries and more difficult judging than ever before, the 2017 award winners are examples of the best in the electrical and systems contracting industry.”

For more information, visit Additionally, all IEC National Award Winners will be featured in the upcoming November/December 2017 issue of IEC's Insights magazine.

​IEC is an association of over 50 affiliates and training campuses, representing over 3,300 member businesses nationwide. Its purpose is to establish a competitive environment for the merit shop—a philosophy that promotes free enterprise, open competition, and economic opportunity for all. IEC’s world-class apprenticeship programs operate under standards approved by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship and provide up to 40 hours of post-secondary college credit. Collectively, IEC trains more than 10,500 electrical apprentices each year. Learn more about IEC and its apprenticeship programs at and​

Source: IEC National


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