Jason Wiegand has been promoted to vice president of preconstruction services by the Executive Management Team at Guarantee Electrical Co. Wiegand joined Guarantee in 2009 as director of preconstruction services. The preconstruction group is a key component of Guarantee’s wholly owned subsidiary, GECO Engineering Corp., where it maps and aligns estimating, budgeting, design and construction on behalf of customers.
“Guarantee’s focus on constructability is integral to how we deliver our services,” said Dave Gralike, senior vice president. “Jason’s capabilities, attitude and commitment to success have strengthened our preconstruction group. He’s earned the promotion.”
Shermco Industries has hired Shane Franklin as an account manager responsible for greater downtown Houston.
With 15 years of experience in high-tech electronics and power generation sales, Franklin will be responsible for sales and business development in the area.
“We are happy to have Shane onboard and know he will provide an excellent service to our clients and potential clients in Houston,” said Mike Hancock, corporate sales manager for Shermco's Engineering and Machine Service Divisions.
Shermco Industries has hired John Chaney as a renewable energy construction contractor sales specialist for the continental United States.
Chaney has 20 plus years in the electrical industry in sales, operations and management. His primary focus has been in the power transformer industry, but he has a wide range of experience with other electrical apparatus including switchgear, motors and controls. He will be responsible for business development and technical assistance for entities involved in the construction of solar or wind power generation facilities.
“Chaney has a vast knowledge base regarding power distribution which will serve our clients immensely. We are happy to have him as part of the Shermco team,” said Mike Hancock, corporate sales manager for Shermco's Engineering and Machine Service Divisions.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has named Lorraine Carli as the 2013 recipient of the Foundation’s Outstanding Service Award in Honor of Harold Leviton. The award was presented to Carli during the ESFI Board of Directors Dinner in West Palm Beach, Florida on Nov. 7, 2013.
The Outstanding Service Award was formally established in 2008 as a tribute to Harold Leviton’s enduring legacy and dedication to improving electrical safety. The award honors a member of ESFI’s Board of Directors who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in expanding the Foundation’s interests through steadfast involvement and effective leadership.
As the Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Carli oversees all of the organization’s media, public affairs, public education and wildland fire activities; working closely with staff on a variety of media and advocacy issues in all areas of fire and life safety. Since her appointment to ESFI’s Board of Directors in 2009, Carli has played a vital role in helping ESFI increase its visibility through traditional and social media.
Robert (Bob) Yester, PE, Executive Vice President is retiring from Swanson Rink on Dec. 31, 2013 after serving the company for 38 years. Yester has served in many roles at Swanson Rink including president from 1985-1992, but he is most known as an expert in electrical engineering for mission critical data center facilities.
For most of Bob's career he has provided consulting engineering for the a wide variety of clients including Comcast, Centurylink (including work under US West and Qwest), Safeway, Lockheed Martin, Federal Express, Viawest, Sabre and United Airlines to name a few. Bob Yester's design concepts have been published in multiple national publications and he is considered an industry expert in data center consulting.
In 1988, Robert Yester designed one of the first major dual power path data centers in the country for US West (now CenturyLink) in Omaha, Nebraska. This "system + system" concept was cutting-edge during the time and this data center was one of the first two data centers to be built with this new technology. When asked about this project, Yester commented that while a simple concept, "as they say, the devil is in the details, and there are a lot of details." The dedication to diving into detailed design is what Mr. Yester is known for and the foundation upon which he built the Swanson Rink data center team.
More recently, Bob has been recognized for his work on the ViaWest Lone Mountain Data Center where his team developed an Uptime Institute Certified Tier IV electrical design with a target PUE of 1.2 utilizing a modular concept that allows capital expenditures for infrastructure to be aligned with the needs of ViaWest's customers and also minimizes stranded capacity.
In 2013, he transitioned the management of the data center electrical team to Dan Heggem, PE, Vice President who has worked under Yester for over 23 years. Gary Orazio, PE, President will continue in his role as Project Executive overseeing Swanson Rink's Data Center Practice, providing mechanical engineering leadership and leading data center business development, positions in which he has served for the past 20 years.
CH2M HILL has announced that Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Lee McIntire will step down as CEO effective Jan. 1, 2014. McIntire, 64, will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board. The Board has appointed Jacqueline Hinman, 52, (left) to serve as CEO also effective Jan. 1, 2014. She most recently served as president, CH2M HILL International and is presently a member of the Board of Directors. McIntire has been CEO since Jan. 1, 2009.
On Oct. 10, 2013, the County Commissioners of Charles County, Maryland, appointed Ennis Electric Co. Superintendent John Zanelotti to serve as a member of the Board of Electrical Examiners in Charles County, Maryland. This appointment to the Board of Electrical Examiners is for a four-year term ending December 31, 2017. Zanelotti has been a resident of Charles County since 1972 and has 26 years of experience in the Electrical field. Currently, several IEC Chesapeake Supporters are also serving as members of their local Board of Electrical Examiners and the Maryland Electrical Board.
IEC Georgia has announced the re-election of IEC member Mark Ellis to the Southeast Regional Board of Directors. This will be Ellis’ second two year term as an IEC National Board Member. He is vice president of SM Ellis Company, Inc. and also serves as the president of IEC Georgia Board of Directors. Almost two years ago, Ellis accepted the additional task of becoming an IEC National Board member, and representing the Southeast region.
(Pictured at left: Tom LeMay, President, LeMay Electric, Inc.) The Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC) Atlanta Chapter has announce that LeMay Electric, Inc. in Marietta, Georgia, received the 2013 IEC/CNA Safety Award (Category 2) during the 56th Annual IEC National Convention and Electric Expo in Portland, Oregon. LeMay Electric, Inc. was recognized for its efforts to provide employees with a safe and healthful workplace. The company’s commitment to safety is evidenced by its promotion of safety committee participation, efforts to provide safety and health education and training, and reviewing and updating workplace safety rules.
The Independent Electrical Contractors Atlanta Chapter has announced that Mike Gunter from Electrical Contractor Incorporated, 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 & 2009.
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