IEC Policy Conference 2018

Make Your Voice Heard! Read all about our Assistant Executive Director's experience at the political event of the year! See what was discussed, the legislation that's currently pending, and how you can get involved!

IEC Con 17

Were you able to join us at IEC Con this year? If not, don't worry. Our Assistant Executive Director wrote all about it so you can read about everything you missed. But Convention will be held in Indy next year, so mark your calendars!

Indianapolis to host 2018 Convention

It's official! Your local IEC Chapter will be the host of the upcoming National Convention! This is a great opportunity for local contractors to explore the Expo, take advantage of learning opportunities, and network with others in the industry from around the country. Visit for more details, or email .

Membership Summit 2018

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“What will it take for you to walk away from this conference thinking that it was a good investment of your time and resources?” Lowell asked me. Lowell was going to be our facilitator the next day, and was getting a feel for the people in the room and what they were looking for. 


I pondered for a second. We were sitting in the lobby of the hotel: the reception had long since finished, but many of us were still mingling and chatting. “I would think this was a good investment if….” I said slowly, trying to gather my thoughts into one all-encompassing statement. “If I walked away knowing how to show more value to our current contractors, and could use that strategy to show prospects why they should be a member of Independent Electrical Contractors.”


Lowell may have asked me that question for his own purposes, but I didn’t realize until that moment that I needed to be asked why I was there. What was I looking for? What was I hoping to accomplish. Being asked that question gave me the opportunity to reflect and set an intention for the next two days.  


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The Importance of Members

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At Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. – IEC ‘s Membership Summit, we talked about the importance of our members – no matter their size, when they were established, or where they’re from.



Because we know that our members are what makes us great.



Helene Wood Webster of IEC Texas Gulf Coast demonstrated this by presenting our brand new chapter, IEC Big Bend, travel expenses for this conference, so they have the opportunity to learn and grow to make their chapter the best it can be.



Not only are we learning to create and offer value for our contractor members, but we’re always learning ways to help out our chapter members as well.


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Can I get a “Watt watt”? We joined with Big Brothers Big Sisters!

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Central Indiana IEC hosted matches for a day to learn about trade apprenticeships. Assistant Executive, Devin Noyes, lead a discussion with Bigs and Littles about what apprenticeships are, and how they are a viable option for a rewarding, life-long career.


Following this was David Kurtz of Apex Electric, who shared his experience as an electrician. He spoke of his favorite memories, how he got started, and what he looks for in new employees. He then did a shocking demonstration, putting a live lightbulb in a tank of water! The students were surprised to see he wasn’t hurt, which drove Dave’s point home: it’s one thing to do the work, but it’s another to know why it’s done that way, and what makes it possible. 


Finally, third year instructor Ryan Noyes lead the matches in an activity. Matches were given a blueprint of a house on a foam board and were walked through the process of creating series and parallel circuits to light the interior of their home! 


Thank you so much to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central IN for working with us to put this workshop on! We had a blast and hope to do it again soon!  #BeBig #BBBSCI #BuildTheFuture#WeAreIECπŸ’‘πŸ”ŒπŸ“ˆ



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Indianapolis Metropolitan High School Visits IEC!

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“This is your toolbox,” James Meyer said as he pointed to his head. “And no one can take that from you. You can do anything. But you’ve got to put the work in. You’re entitled to nothing in this life, so you have to keep growing and learning. The only time you stop learning is when you die.”


Today we had the honor of hosting Indianapolis Met to discuss what apprenticeships are, what being an electrician is like, and the positive impact that the skilled trades have on our community, and our futures.


The students were a fantastic audience, engaged and interacting. They even got to take home their very own Wire Termination Twist-On Training Kit, courtesy of IDEAL Electrical and IEC of Greater Cincinnati.


We hope that they come and visit us again soon!


For scheduling a presentation at our facility, or your school, please contact


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Smart v Healthy for Grads

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Shared to us by our very own president from InPwr Inc., “Smart vs Healthy for Grads” from TEAMinar by The Table Group :


This time of year is fraught with inaccurate and dangerous messages for high school graduates β€’ and for that matter, college grads β€’ about their futures. It is a message that is rooted in the same flawed logic that makes executives focus on making their companies smart while ignoring the more important issue of culture, or organizational health.


Here’s how it plays out.


High school counselors and college recruiters misguidedly convince students that they should try to get into the most prestigious college possible because this will determine the success of their careers and their lives. The unfortunate conclusion that teenagers draw is that their test scores, GPA, essays and strategically designed extracurricular activities will translate into happiness in adulthood. Of course, anyone over the age of forty knows that this is patently untrue.


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IECF Scholarship is now open!

Are you a current IEC student? Or are you interested in enrolling, but are concerned about affording tuition?
Well, the national IECF Scholarship is open until 5/1.
Email to inquire and receive the application.
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Havering College talks about the importance of apprenticeships:

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“It’s quite common to see apprentices become full-time members of staff once they finish their apprenticeships. This is great for you, as the employer, because you can build a workforce that has been trained by you and understands the values of your company. It’s fantastic to see apprentices go on to secure permanent roles within their company, and we have often seen these lead to supervisory or managerial positions.
Research shows that apprenticeships are not just helping employers to build a loyal, skilled workforce, but enabling them to attract new business. 76% of apprentice employers polled say they promote their apprenticeship credentials when pitching for new business or talking about their company. A third of all the employers questioned said they are more likely to choose a supplier or partner if they offer apprenticeships.”
Read the full article.
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Anti-Harassment and Intro to Bonding

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Thank you so much to Tanner Justice and Rick Johnson from Federated Insurance for their presentation today! We covered Anti-Harassment in the wake of upcoming EEOC requirements, as well as an intro to bonding!
Plus, Matt Kinder was the winner of our drawing, winning himself a brand new Yeti! Congrats!
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