Welcome to the website of EC&M, the number one online resource for the electrical design, construction, operations, and maintenance industry. Through a mix of in-depth technical articles, market/construction forecasts, proprietary surveys/reports, and late-breaking news stories, EC&M is the ideal vehicle to reach the largest customers in the $91.2 billion electrical market*. In addition to this comprehensive website, our award-winning editorial team produces a monthly print publication and eight e-newsletters.
*2011 Electrical Wholesaling Market Planning Guide.
Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M) magazine — published monthly since 1901 — is the technical authority for 130,000+ electrical professionals, including 80,000+ subscribers in electrical contracting firms (reaching all NECA and IEC member firms), 30,000+ subscribers in industrial plants and in commercial/ institutional facilities with 100+ employees (93% coverage of Fortune 1000 firms), and 20,000+ consulting electrical engineers.
The magazine has been honored with more than 70 editorial awards since the year 2000. As such, our readers have grown to expect a quality editorial product that delivers the information they need to do their jobs better. Practical information written by industry experts is what EC&M was founded on the editorial team is committed to keeping this tradition alive.
Editorial Team Members
Mike Eby, Editor-in-Chief
Mike received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1986 and an M.S. degree in engineering management in 1994 from the University of South Florida. Early in his career, Mike held various engineering titles within the Substation and Transmission Engineering Groups at Florida Power & Light Co., Juno Beach, FL. In 1993, he was awarded the Southeastern Electric Exchange (SEE) Excellence in Engineering Award. Prior to joining EC&M as Editor-in-Chief in September 1999, Mike served for five years as the Executive Editor of Transmission & Distribution World magazine. He is currently a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), and American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE). Under his editorial direction, the magazine has been honored with 80 regional and national editorial awards for reporting and writing work in the electrical market.
Ellen Parson, Managing Editor
Ellen earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia with an emphasis in magazines. Since starting her career in journalism as an assistant editor/designer for a trade publishing company covering the baking industry, she has worked for multiple business-to-business publishers in the Kansas City area, including those covering professional audio visual integration, agriculture and grain-based foods, and cranes/lift equipment. With 15 years of experience as an editor at Penton, Ellen has worked exclusively on electrical engineering and construction books, writing and editing content for EC&M as well as generating/editing online content for its many e-newsletters, website, and social media platforms. She also manages special editorial projects as well as serves as the lead editor tasked with working with all outside authors and assigning content for the magazine. As a freelance writer and on-staff editor, she has won many regional and national B2B editorial awards. A correspondent member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), Ellen works with all technical authors on the magazine's "Forensic Casebook," a popular department that takes an in-depth look at specific electrical accidents and demonstrates the real-life consequences of carelessness, shortcuts, or failure to follow proper safety procedures and protocols.
Stefanie Kure, Senior Associate Editor
A graduate of the University of Kansas, Stefanie began her career in B2B publishing in 1990 as the assistant editor of Broadcast Engineering magazine. She has also held positions with several other Penton publications, including Transmission & Distribution World and Power Electronics Technology magazines. In 2007, Stefanie joined EC&M as the senior associate editor. A three-time American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) award winner, Stefanie's main responsibilities include EC&M’s Product of the Year contest as well as the magazine’s print and online products departments and ElectricalZone, Product NewsWire, MRO Insider, and eTrain e-newsletters.She is also a board member of the ASBPE's Kansas City Chapter.
Joe Knisley, Senior Editorial Consultant
Joe earned a BA degree from Queens College and trained as an electronics technician in the U.S. Navy. He is a member of the IEEE Communications Society, Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI), and IESNA. Joe worked on the editorial staff of Electrical Wholesaling magazine before joining EC&M in 1969. He received the Jesse H. Neal Award for Editorial Excellence in 1966 and 1968. He currently serves as the group's resident expert on the topics of voice/video/data communications technology and lighting.
Mike Holt, NEC Consultant
Mike earned a masters degree in the Business Administration Program (MBA) from the University of Miami. He earned his reputation as a Code expert by working his way up through the electrical trade. Formally a construction editor for two different trade publications, Mike started his career as an apprentice electrician and eventually became a master electrician, an electrical inspector, a contractor, and an educator. Since 1975, he has provided custom in-house seminars for groups such as IAEI, NECA, ICBO, IBM, AT&T, Motorola, and the U.S. Navy. Mike has taught more than 1,000 classes on 30 different electrical-related subjects — ranging from alarm installations to exam preparation and voltage drop calculations. He continues to develop seminars, videos, books, and software as well as contributing monthly Code content to EC&M.
Russ LeBlanc, NEC Consultant
Russ started in the electrical trade as an apprentice in 1985. He worked his way up to become a journeyman electrician and then eventually became a master electrician and licensed construction supervisor. He currently serves as a project manager for Ideal Electric. Inc., Peabody, Mass. In 1999, Russ became an electrical instructor for The Peterson School of Engineering in Woburn, Mass., where he developed his passion for teaching. He quickly assumed the role of department head of electrical instruction. In addition to his monthly contributions to EC&M, he continues to provide master electrician courses, Code seminars, and arc-flash awareness training through the Peterson School. Russ is an active member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) — Electrical Section and has authored numerous NEC proposals and comments, which have become Code rules. He is also a member and certified electrical inspector of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI).
Steven J. Owen, NEC Consultant
Steven is certified as a National Electrical Code instructor and sponsor in 34 states. He is also recognized as a certified master electrician and/or electrical contractor in 44 states and an electrical inspector by the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and International Code Council (ICC). In addition, he’s recognized by the Lightning Protection Institute as a certified designer, inspector and journeyman installer. Other credentials he holds include: power distribution engineering technician by NICET; chief electrical code analyst by the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) / ICC; and Engineer in Training (EIT) in Arizona. He is also authorized by OSHA to provide 10-hr and 30-hr voluntary compliance classes for construction and general industry. Steve is a member of the following industry organizations: ABC, ASCET, ASSE, IAEI, ICBO, ICC, IEC, IEEE, NETA, NFPA, NICET, and RSES. He is also a principal voting member of NFPA NEC 70 Code-Making Panel No. 3.
Editorial Awards Summary