DVD Team for 2014 Conductor Sizing and Protection DVD


Victor Ammons
Senior Electrical Engineer
Hillsborough, NJ

Victor Ammons was born in North Carolina, but has lived primarily in New Jersey since the age of five. He spent his high school and college vacation times working in a small, family owned electrical contracting firm. Vic married his high school sweetheart after sophomore year at North Carolina state University, from which both graduated with honors two years later. After four years in the army, during which time their first child was born in Germany, Vic and Anne alternated getting MBA degrees. They now have three married children and five grandchildren.

After a number of years of running the family contracting business while his father’s health declined, Vic trained and turned the business over to his brother-in-law. Vic then returned to the engineering field in which he had trained. Vic is a registered Professional Engineer in New Jersey and has served in an engineering management role for several
engineering and architectural/engineering firms. He is now a senior electrical engineer for Jacobs in Morristown, New Jersey.

Vic and Anne now reside in west central New Jersey in an area with a few dozen families among over a thousand acres of woodlands. Yes, there are still woodlands in New Jersey; we haven’t gotten around to paving them all yet. Vic and Anne, who will celebrate their 45th anniversary in 2014, are avid square and round dancers, and are active in several clubs. Vic is also a woodworker and an amateur beekeeper. Both are active in several capacities in their church.



Steve Arne
Training Director
AETech Electrical Training Center
Rapid City, South Dakota
www.ElectricianClass.com

Steve Arne has worked as an electrician, electrical contractor, and electrical instructor for 40 years. Nineteen years of his career were spent as a teacher and department head in post-secondary education. Since Steve retired from Western Dakota Tech in 2003, he has provided industry-direct training specializing in continuing education Electrical Code classes and Electrician Exam Preparation classes for Journeyman and Master's level exams.

In 2012, Steve and Deb's son Ryan returned to Rapid City South Dakota to help Steve expand his training business at AETech Electrical Training Center to include a 640 hour full-time pre-employment Apprentice Electrician Training Program.. Steve is currently a Board Member of the SD Electrical Commission and serves on the State and Local Chapter Boards of the SD Electrical Council.

Steve worked with Mike Holt as a technical editor and video team participant beginning in 2002, and uses Mike’s books in his classes. He is very thankful to have been associated with an industry leader like Mike who has a real heart to help others and provides excellent training products to help students in the electrical industry.

Steve and his wife Deb live in Rapid City, South Dakota where they’re both active in their church and community, and love to spend time with their children and grandchildren. The highest priority for both of them is putting God first in both their home and business.



Dennis Carlson
Master Electrician/Electrical Trainer
Rocky Mountain Electrical Training
Steamboat Springs, CO
www.RMETtech.com

Dennis Carlson has been in the electrical trade for over 30 years, and has held the positions of Project Superintendent, Field Engineer, Start-up-Coordinator, General Foreman, Foreman, Journeyman, and Craft Training Manager. He’s certified with NCCER as a Master Trainer, and is a professor for Victoria University, Australia as a Master Trainer. In April 2013, he graduated from Salem International University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Dennis is a Master Electrician/Contractor licensed in several states, and a member of NFPA and IAEI. He’s trained thousands of electricians in the last 20 years using Mike Holt’s material and has been working with Mike for the last 13 years on his Exam Prep courses.

Dennis and his wife, Cindy, live in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where they’re both active in enjoying God’s great outdoors, their church, and the community. They have two children, Brandy, a graphics arts designer who lives in Greeley Colorado, and Josh who is an electrical estimator in Denver Colorado. “Life is too short to do only one thing so
you have to prepare yourself for the next challenge. Never stop learning and striving to achieve those goals that you have.”



Mike Culbreath
Graphic Illustrator,
Mike Holt Enterprises, Inc.
Alden, Michigan

Mike Culbreath devoted his career to the electrical industry and worked his way up from an apprentice electrician to master electrician. He started the electrical field doing residential and light commercial construction. He later did service work and custom electrical installations. While working as a journeyman electrician, he suffered a serious on-the-job knee injury. As part of his rehabilitation, Mike completed courses at Mike Holt Enterprises, Inc. and then passed the exam to receive his Master Electrician’s license. In 1986, with a keen interest in continuing education for electricians, he joined the staff to update material and began illustrating Mike Holt’s textbooks and magazine articles.

He started with simple hand-drawn diagrams and cut-and-paste graphics. When frustrated by the limitations of that style of illustrations, he took a company computer home to learn how operate some basic computer graphic software. Becoming aware that computer graphics offered a lot of flexibility for creating illustrations, Mike took every computer graphics class and seminar he could to help develop his computer graphic skills. Mike has now worked as an illustrator and editor with the company for over 25 years and, as Mike Holt has proudly acknowledged, has helped to transform his words and visions into lifelike graphics.

Originally from south Florida, Mike now lives in northern lower Michigan where he enjoys kayaking, photography, and cooking, but his real passion is playing with his horses.

Mike loves spending time with his children Dawn and Mac and his grandchildren Jonah and Kieley.



Mike Holt

Mike Holt worked his way up through the electrical trade. He began as an apprentice electrician and became one of the most recognized experts in the world as it relates to electrical power installations. He has worked as a journeyman electrician, master electrician, and
electrical contractor. Mike’s experience in the real world gives him a unique understanding of how the NEC relates to electrical installations from a practical standpoint. You’ll find his writing style to be direct,
nontechnical, and useful.
Did you know that he didn’t finish high school? So if you struggled in high school or if you didn’t finish it at all, don’t let this get you down, you’re in good company. As a matter of fact, Mike Culbreath, Master Electrician, who produces the finest electrical graphics in the his-
tory of the electrical industry, didn’t finish high school either. So two high school dropouts produced the text and graphics in this textbook! However, realizing success depends on one’s continuing pursuit of
education. Mike immediately attained his GED (as did Mike Culbreath) and ultimately attended the University of Miami’s Graduate School for a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA).
Mike Holt resides in Central Florida, is the father of seven children, and has many outside interests and activities. He’s a six-time National Barefoot Water-Ski Champion (1988, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, and
2008), has set many national records, has competed in three World Championships (2006, 2008, and 2010) and continues to train and work out year-round so that he can qualify to ski in the 2012 World Barefoot Championships at the age of 61!
What sets him apart from some, is his commitment to living a balanced lifestyle; placing God first, family, career, then self.



Michael Pillarella
Owner, Pillarella School of Electrical
Code & Theory
Assonet, Massachusetts
www.pillarellaschool.com

Mike Pillarella holds a Master’s Degree in Education, a BA in Industrial Arts, and an AA in Electric and Electronics Engineering Technology. He became a Certified Electrical Related & Shop Instructor in the Massachusetts School system. In 1988, Mike established Electrical Contractors, Inc. (EMI) which provides electrical maintenance and installation services in the New England South Shore area.

In 2007, Mike established the proprietary Pillarella School of Electrical Code & Theory. While serving as an electrical inspector, he became increasingly aware of the areas in which more education was needed and structured his curriculum accordingly. His proudest moment as an instructor was when his son, Tim, earned his Master’s license—the first attendee of the school to do so.

Mike holds master licenses in MA, RI, NH, VT and ME, and is an approved CEU provider and OSHA Outreach Construction instructor in these states. He’s President of the Massachusetts Electrical Contractors Association, Bristol Chapter, and President and Education Chairman of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, Roger Williams Chapter. Mike served for several years as an instructor for the MA Firefighters’ Academy teaching Electrical Safety, Fire, and Arson Investigation. He served his community for 17 years as a firefighter, EMT, and finished as Fire Chief.

Mike is extremely proud of his wife, Valerie, and their three children, Amy, Michael and Tim.



Eric Stromberg
Electrical Engineer/Instructor
Stromberg Engineering, Inc.
Los Alamos, NM
www.strombergengineering.com

Eric worked with his tools, as a journeyman electrician, before and during the time he attended college. When he graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1982, he took a job as an electronic technician. Eric became a licensed fire alarm installation superintendent and spent the next seven years installing and maintaining life safety systems in high-rise buildings.

In 1989, he went to work for Dow Chemical, where he designed power distribution systems for world-class industrial facilities. Eric began teaching National Electrical Code classes to engineers in 1997. He received his professional engineering license, for the State of Texas, in 2003 and, in 2005, started Stromberg Engineering.

In 2013, Eric retired from Dow Chemical and now lives in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. Eric’s oldest daughter, Ainsley, lives in Boston Massachusetts with her husband Nathan. His son, Austin, is in the Air Force and is stationed at Minot, North Dakota. His youngest daughter, Brieanna, is a singer/songwriter who lives in Austin Texas.