ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Independent Electrical Contractors announced that Bill Mathisen has been hired as its executive vice president. Joining the staff May 7, Mathisen came to IEC from the National Society of Accountants in Alexandria.

“Bill Mathisen has the leadership skills of a seasoned association executive and the soul of a contractor,” said IEC National President Jim Thurman. “We are thrilled to have Bill on board. His record of accomplishments in the not-for-profit arena is impressive. We feel he is the person that can help IEC realize its vision.”

Mathisen comes to IEC with more than 18 years of senior executive experience with not-for-profit associations. He has worked on both sides of the table — first as an association volunteer, then as a member of national association staff. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. A believer in life-long learning, Mathisen earned a master's degree in business administration with an emphasis in future studies at the age of 49.

He is certified as a kitchen designer by the National Kitchen and Bath Association and certified as a remodeler by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. A native of Pasadena, Texas, a small town outside of Houston, Mathisen spent 10 years as a custom homebuilder and owner of a kitchen/bath design showroom. In the mid-1980s, Mathisen joined the world of association management. He was hired as the director of marketing, membership, certification and training by the National Kitchen & Bath Association in Hackettstown, N.J. Eventually, his association management career led him back to Texas where he built his experience with several trade associations and his own association management firm.

The qualities that made him a sought-after contractor still serve him today.

“From all accounts, Bill is results-driven,” Thurman said. “He is a keen negotiator, eternally conscious of the bottom line and has the ability to stay on target. Tackling challenges and change is what he does best.”

Mathisen has a “show me, don't tell” attitude and admits he wants to see immediate results from his efforts. He considers himself lucky because he is able to do the work he enjoys. “I like to build consensus for the desired future, work to bring about that future and — in the process — improve the lives of the members we serve,” he said.

For more information, call IEC at (703) 549-7351 or visit the IEC Web site at www.ieci.org.