Greetings!
IEC Member Newsletter March 16, 2021
Upcoming IEC Events
IEC is gearing up for some great events in 2021!

Baseball, horse racing, BBQ, clay shoot, golf tournaments and more! Visit our website for our calendar of events!
Congratulations Jonnie !
Congratulations to Jonnie Vallar, Associate Executive Director of IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County for being accepted into the IEC National Emerging Leaders Program. It's quite an honor and we are so proud of her and our chapter.
To read more about IECI's Emerging Leaders Program visit https://www.ieci.org/emerging-leaders-apply
2021 Education Classes
and Seminars
IEC offers the following education classes to our members and their employees.

  • 4 Hour Continuing Education for License Renewal
  • Arc Flash/70E Training
  • Confined Space Safety Course
  • Fall Protection
  • Journeyman & Master Prep
  • Motor Controls
  • OSHA 10 Hour
Apprentice of the Month
IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County recognizes students for their attendance and classroom performance. Each student receives a Milwaukee tool, a certificate and a designated parking space at the training facility for the month. The following students are recognized for the months of February and March:

February
Mohammad Azghary, Texus Electrical Contractors - 4th year apprentice
James Collier, Texsun Electrical Contractors - 1st year apprentice
Ryan Riley, Cable Electric, Inc. - 3rd year apprentice
Christopher Thompson, E-MC Electrical, Inc - 2nd year apprentice

March
Jose Cruz, JMEG, LLC - 3rd year apprentice
Ezekiel Garcia, 308 Solutions - 2nd year apprentice
Maxwell Neu, Denton Electric - 4th year apprentice
Sevin Sarolia, Paramount Electric - 2nd year apprentice

Thanks to Milwaukee Tool Company, IEC Apprentice of the Month Sponsor!
IEC National is bringing you the powerhouse education sessions originally scheduled for the 2021 Business Summit live and available wherever you are (anywhere with an internet connection, that is!). Your business and bottom line will thank you!
 
March 16, 3 p.m. ET
Effectively Developing the Next Generation of Leaders
 
As your organization is looking to move forward, does the next generation of leaders have what is needed? This interactive webinar will provide an awareness of the issues and challenges around developing people properly, so they may step effectively into increased leadership responsibilities.
 
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March 23, 3 p.m. ET
Developing the Rock Stars of Tomorrow – Career Path Mapping
 
Identifying, training, engaging, and retaining high performance employees has never been more important. In this session, we will discuss the importance of career path mapping, a necessity with the younger generations, to create opportunities for longevity in employment.
 
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March 25, 3 p.m. ET
People Over Profit: Building a Company + Cultivating a Brand

 Take a moment – what comes to mind when you think of the construction industry? “Back-up plan” profession? Low-paying jobs? Guys that eat hot dogs for breakfast? Empowered Electric is upending the construction industry through one dynamic principle: People Over Profit. Although "Profit" is a very (very very) close second, it's our "People" that have grown Empowered into an Inc. Magazine Top 500 Fastest Growing Company. But instead of reinventing the run-down construction wheel, this session is about how you can make your people the face of your company and impact more lives than you thought possible. In other words, this session is for those who get more enjoyment out of giving a raise than receiving one.
 
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March 30, 3 p.m. ET
Secrets to Successfully Sourcing, Hiring, and Retaining Military Veterans
 
Does your company hire veterans...or want to? Are you confused by the military resume, unclear which transferable skills veterans bring, or how to grow your veteran employees? You're not alone. Many companies see hiring and developing veterans as challenging. This program will provide the roadmap to engage this talented workforce. By 2023, there will be an estimated 3.5 million military veterans in the U.S. workforce. Many of these men and women bring technical skills and training ideal to the electrical contracting environment. Such a tremendous hiring opportunity for organizations interested in growing and elevating their staff!
 
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April 8, 3 p.m. ET
How to Create a Thriving Ideation Process in Your Business
 
This session will provide a highly applicable process for generating and implementing new ideas in your business.
 

Upcoming Seminars Brought to you by
April 1, 2021 - Subcontract Review - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
May 19, 2021 - Warning Signs for a Project in Trouble
June 16, 2021 - Perils of Subs Hiring Subs
July 21, 2021 - CCIPs/OCIPs
August 18, 2021 - Understanding Bonds
September 15, 2021 Workers' Compensation
October 20, 2021 - Texas Construction Sales Tax
November 4, 2021 - Lien & Bond Claims

If you are interested in either of these seminars, please email anndih@indinsgrp.com to have your email added to the signup list. Seminars are $35 each and include a boxed lunch. All seminars are held at Cutler Smith’s conference center. Park Central 7.
Industry News

Tell Congress to Oppose the PRO Act
House Democrats are fast tracking the most radical labor bill ever considered by the United States Congress. The misleadingly named Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 842/S. 420), which would radically alter our nation’s labor laws in favor of union bosses, is scheduled to be considered by the House of Representatives this week.
 
 
Information on this bill can be found at:
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING & REGULATION
As of Feb. 1, 2021, applicants for the TDLR Journeyman Electrician license can sign up to take the licensing test once they have acquired at least 7,000 hours of on-the-job training under a Texas-licensed Master Electrician.

Previously, applicants had to have amassed all of the 8,000 training hours before they could sign up to take the licensing examination. The full 8,000 training hours are still required for licensure.

“Allowing applicants to start testing once they’ve reached 7,000 hours of experience will help us get more Journeymen Electricians to work, faster,” said TDLR Executive Director Brian E. Francis. “If they’ve already passed their exams once they’ve completed the required work hours, we can get them licensed – and to work – faster, which is great for them, and great for Texas. Demand for Journeyman Electricians is high, and this will help meet that demand.”

Learn more about the Journeyman Electrician licensing process.
Thanks to TDLR for sharing this information.
Keep current on OSHA

Job Well Done!

Richard Wilson, Area Sales Manager for Square D/Schneider Electric is retiring after 49 years. What a career!

Thank you for everything you have done for IEC and the electrical industry. We will miss you!
IEC Member Update
A message from our friends at ALT....

I hope you’ve heard, Advanced Lightning Technology, Ltd (ALT) is now to allG Fabrication. Please allow me to share with you the why behind our new name and brand. 
 
allG Fabrication. Our new name embodies our core principles. It speaks to the work we do.
Our work on behalf of wireless site customers is not limited to 4G or 5G. It’s allG and wherever that takes us.
 
Our faith in one higher than ourselves drives our confidence in one another. It’s always been all God.
 
It’s always allG — “all good,” all the time. That’s an attitude. With that attitude, no matter the area of our business – wireless, lightning protection & grounding, custom fabrication - or the effort at hand, nothing is impossible.

Submitted by Beth Weddle, allG Fabrication (formerly ALT)
Federated Insurance becomes both
IEC Platinum Partner and Official Partner for Business,
Life & Disability Insurance
March 4, 2021
 
Dear IEC Chapter Managers,
 
As you know, Federated recently became both an IEC Platinum Partner and the organization’s exclusive “Official Partner for Business, Life & Disability Insurance.” We could not be more excited and proud to serve your members, as this relationship is a perfect complement to our existing partnership with so many of IEC’s chapters like yours.
 
My role at Federated is to be IEC’s national account executive and it is my responsibility to work hand-in-hand with your respective account executive to ensure that we are providing value to you and your members. Part of this commitment includes providing education on both emerging issues and trends affecting the electrical contracting industry. The March 18 webinar on Surety Made Simple is such an example. In this post-COVID environment, financial responsibility is more important than ever in construction. With supply chain disruptions and workforce shortages, bonding can be critical for a contractor’s business development opportunities.
 
Laurie Enceneat, Senior Director of Education for IEC, is promoting this free webinar to all IEC members. However, I ask that you please support it in your messaging too. In addition, if you would like someone from our team to discuss this important issue virtually or in-person with your members, your account executive can coordinate that.
 
Thank you for your support in helping Federated and IEC achieve our missions. Your leadership is critical to the success of both organizations. Please do not hesitate to call me if I can ever help in any way. Best wishes for good health and continued success!
 
Nathan S OlandAIC, LUTCF Senior National Account Executive
Federated Insurance – Association Risk Management Services
121 East Park Square Owatonna, MN 55060 (Mail Code CII-104)
O: (507)455-8935 | M: (507)363-6344 | E: nsoland@fedins.com
Unlocking the Benefits of Key Person Coverage
As a business owner, you know your employees are an important asset of your business. Each business has individuals with specialized skills, knowledge, and valuable customer relationships who are critical to its success. If your business relies heavily on key employees, it may suffer tremendously without those individuals.

Submitted by Federated Insurance
Do You Know Who You're Hiring?
You’re looking to bring on a new employee, and your prime candidate looks great on paper — plenty of experience, consistent work history, and ideal professional credentials. But, how much do you really know about the applicant? Before making an offer, where appropriate, consider checking their background to help you understand who you’re adding to your team.

The cost of the wrong hire

Submitted by Federated Insurance
Complimentary Webinars
Surety Made Simple
March 18, 3 p.m. ET
Presented by Federated Insurance

The process of qualifying for and utilizing construction bonds to grow your business should be simple and transparent. How? By eliminating the middleman and developing a direct surety relationship focused on helping you reach your goals. Federated Mutual Insurance Company and our subsidiary, Granite Re, Inc., are committed to making that relationship a reality. Join us for a conversation focused on gaining a competitive advantage with;
 
  • Bid bonds
  • Payment bonds
  • Performance bonds, supply bonds
  • And much more
 
We’ll also verify proof of funding and acceptable bid spreads, as well as review job contracts to help avoid unnecessary risk.

Share Your Pictures
Do you have a project you would like to highlight in the IEC Newsletter or perhaps a great shot of you and your furry friend you would like to share with fellow members? Send your pictures along with a short description to Jo Britt at IEC and we'll highlight a few each month. E-mail Jo at jo@iecfwtc.org. Thanks for sharing!
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