The Independent Electrical Contractors Atlanta Chapter has announced that Mike Gunter from Electrical Contractor Incorporated (ECI), received the 2013 Alumni of the Year Award during the 56th Annual IEC National Convention and Electric Expo in Portland, Oregon.

A graduate of the IEC Electrical Apprenticeship Program in 1994, he immediately began teaching for the Atlanta Chapter the following year.  While attending the program he had perfect attendance for the entire four years and won the Academic Achievement Award three out of the four years.  He has previously been awarded the IEC National Instructor of Year in 2006 and 2009.

Gunter began working for ECI in 1990 and is still employed there today as its chief electrical estimator.  The owner of ECI, Ken Williams presented him with the award in Portland, Oregon at the annual awards ceremony. 

In addition to teaching at the IEC for 18 years, Gunter has overseen the IEC Atlanta Chapter electrical wiring competition for the last 15 years.  He serves on the local, as well as the National IEC Apprenticeship & Training Committees, including the Curriculum Design Group (CDG).  Additionally, he is the Chairman of the design group for the new Electrical Systems and Training Series, which began releasing these new courses this fall.  This includes designing, writing and coordinating curriculum that is used across the country in IEC’s 60 chapter offices. 

As a volunteer, Gunter has also designed and built several electrical labs for the Atlanta Chapter, including residential and motor controls labs.  Because he also does woodworking, he actually does the woodwork for the labs in addition to the technical layout and installation.  IEC’s Training Director, Todd Hawkins has said, “Mike works with passion, enthusiasm and joy and is the happiest when he is building electrical labs and teaching electrical skills.”

Known for its highly quality training programs, IEC provides electrical apprenticeship training, as well as, continuing education training across multiple states. Other services include legislative advocacy on the state and national levels, networking opportunities with industry professionals and other business support services to help independent electrical contractors be successful. IEC Atlanta provides services and support to the Atlanta-Metro area and is part of the National IEC, which has 60 chapters and nearly 3,000 members nationwide.