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|October 15, 2013
My name is Melissa and I wanted to thank you for helping the man I love, Jay. He has been a journeyman electrician for many years and has always dreamed of becoming a master electrician and being his own boss. His dream started many years ago when he got his start in the electrical business, but finally he found your website and with the help of your Master Electrician study guide and DVDs he passed the exam. Your website and products have finally made that dream a reality.
He spent 4 months studying for the test as much as he could; he sacrificed 4 months of time with his baby twin daughters, his sons and me. The sacrifice paid off, he is now able to say he is a Master Electrician and he can provide a better life for his family.
It is because of his hard work and your study program that he is now Master Electrician.
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|February 20, 2013
Thank you Mike. Passed the Oklahoma exam on the first try. Thank you for making the NEC so much easier to understand.
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|August 22, 2012
It has been some time since we have spoken and this is the first time by letter. I wanted to take this time to say thank you for all the time and consideration you have shown over the course of many years. From a distant place you became a business information source, inspiration on living & a communication friend. Without ever sitting face to face we have discussed family, work & the meaning of the past & future personal connection concerning Life & Family.
I hope you are enjoying semi-retirement and Freddy is doing well enough for you both to share time together and be with Friends & Family.
The other day, as I was working in the garage storing some electrical equipment, you popped into my mind. I started to think how you made much of my career possible and yet I have never provided you with any tangible evidence of what your fruit of labor has produced. So, enclosed is my latest project. Also enclosed is a photo of me in Afghanistan with some of the many Marines [as I am a former Marine] I had the pleasure of connecting with. You now have a face to place with my voice.
I hope this brings a smile to you. Well, you have my email & phone. I hope to speak with you soon.
C Jay Johnson
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|November 8, 2011
I don't know what I would have done without Mike Holt products. Because of him I was able to pass the Texas Masters exam and get my contractors license in 2008. If I had known the value of what is in his material I would have paid more than double the price! The first time in 2008 I had a friend buy it with his credit card and I paid him back the money so I could hide it from my wife($1500); she would not have gone along with that, but now any time I want a new book she says OK! The reason is she knows you can't put a price on this type of education and I will always buy my Code books with tabs and the Understanding the NEC every Code cycle and she will ask me what book or DVD I want for my birthday and Christmas. Thank you for what you do and for what you have done for my life.
February 10, 2014
I have used your products for years. 3 years ago I bought your book and DVDs to help in passing my Masters License Exam. I passed the first time with a very high score.
January 28, 2014
I very much appreciate the contribution Mike Holt has made to the practices of electrical construction and engineering.
I attended one of Mike's seminars several years ago in Pittsburgh. I was so impressed that I decided that I would take my engineers and designers to Mike's seminar the next time he came to Pittsburgh. Hoping that happens before I retire!
Richard W. Petrie, P.E.
Hornfeck Engineering, Inc.
July 26, 2013
I was at an Arc Flash Training class and was most impressed when the instructor showed a video of you. In the video, you concluded by saying these words: “Remember, your main goal and focus is to go home safe everyday. If your boss insists you do your work unsafe, or won’t get you the proper equipment or PPE you need to work safe, then quit your job and go work at McDonald." (not quoted exactly correct)
Those words , I took home from class that night and communicated to my wife. She was most impressed and even teared up.
I have read your works for years in EC&M articles. I always knew you were a very special man.
Only when I read your, About Mike, on your website did it all become perfectly clear: you put Our God first. That is why you are the fantastic communicator that you are.
You have forever changed my life. For that, I wanted to thank you.
I have brought back this theme to my workplace and have made changes, and insist that we work safely at RGH.
God Bless you and your family, and continued success.
Rochester General Hospital
July 1, 2013
Hi Mike & Crew,
I would like to take a moment and THANK-YOU for what you do. I have been a master electrician for 23 yrs. Well, last year I decided to become an electrical instructor at the vocational school where I work as an in-house electrician. I knew I would have to hit the books hard to pass the teacher's exam, so I ordered about a half dozen books to help me (yours being one of them). Well as I started looking through them all, one by one I put them away and kept going back to yours - it was and is The Best. I passed the written part of the exam with a 91, but I did not stop there. Your books encouraged me to go ahead and take the master exam in the state next to my state(RI), which I also passed, all thanks to you and your people doing such a GREAT JOB!! Thanks Again ( Keep up the great work).
P.S. I knew I had the right book when I saw who it was dedicated to. God
Bless, and Peace be with you!!
January 28, 2013
Mike’s a great guy and a great teacher. I took his journeyman’s course in 1983 and Masters in 1986 in Ft.Lauderdale and he encouraged me to study and learn. I ended up being the #1 student in both and was rewarded with his special plaques of appreciation. He also inspired and propelled me to get my licenses in FL and GA, and went on to be an inspector for Coral Springs, FL. for (10) years, then estimator, project manager, VP, PMP, and more in GA and SC. I truly admire his work ethic, professionalism, knowledge of the NEC, attitude, and mostly love that he is a godly man and fellow brother and follower of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please tell him Todd Smith send his very best and God’s Blessings..I’ll always be grateful to Mike Holt..
September 29, 2011
I have studied your courses and went to a couple of your seminars many years back that helped me pass my masters license. Now I am getting, when I can afford it, more of your books for the journeyman electrician to help my son pass his test. I have never been disappointed in any of the material I have received and with the easy way you put the books together. I am very hopeful he will pass his test and follow in my footsteps. I am not rich by any means, but the electrical industry has given me and my wife, a comfortable living for many years and now I'm getting to retire come January 31st. Thanks for all you have done Mr. Holt and keep up the good work.
William R. Scott
September 29, 2011
I just want to thank you for your timely response to my request for my instructor registration. This morning was our first class with our first year apprentices. We used Mike’s videos and Basic Theory textbook. Many of our employees were and are very apprehensive about taking our classes. It’s a guy thing. They’re worried about being able to pass the class, etc. They’re worried about other guys and what they would say if they didn’t pass. What they don’t understand until they come to my first class; it’s our job to ensure they pass. If they make an honest effort with our assistance they will pass the classes. Mike’s presentation of ideas along with the fantastic illustrations will make this very easy for everyone to understand.
After our first class this morning, the first group of students left energized and optimistic about learning more about our field due to the way that Mike presents the facts. I, too, was very impressed with the way that this information is presented and the way that his questions at the end of the section mimic the way that questions are posed to prospective test takers when they are trying to test for the journeyman and master electrician licenses.
I look forward to advancing the careers of my employees and our company through the knowledge that will be gained from this course curriculum that we have adopted. We submitted our course curriculum based on your example program and we were approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia on our first attempt. I believe that we are one of the first electrical contractors in Central Virginia to be approved as a teaching institution for their employees.
We look forward to partnering with the Mike Holt organization in an attempt to advance our company and our employees to better serve the construction industry. Please, pass this along to Mr. Holt. I know he’s busy but I want him to know, as I’m sure he’s told everyday, what an affect he and his company are having on this industry.
David M. Wolfford & Son, Inc.
June 7, 2010
Good Morning Mike,
I wanted to thank you for doing a great job as always. I attended the Orlando seminar, and as always, was blown away by your quality standards despite the sound problems. The reason I am writing this letter to you is because of the story you told about mentoring Brian. I could tell that you truly cared about Brian and his situation and that you definitely made an impact on his life. Because it was obvious that you were touched by the effect you had on Brian and his family, I thought I would let you know the effect you have had on me and my family. I am guessing that you probably don’t hear enough about the good stuff.
I started my relationship with you back in 1985. I was a high school dropout ditch digger, who aspired to be a licensed journeyman. I took your prep-course, passed my test and started my journey. I followed that by taking your masters course, your state masters review, estimating, business management, financial seminars, and basically every seminar you have ever offered, and purchased most all of your products including your estimating software back in the early 90’s, which I still think was one of the best and most user friendly estimating software systems I have ever used. However, more than that, I listened to your advice and your life’s teachings.
Since then, I have started and sold two companies, I have worked at a senior level with two of the top five electrical companies in the Nation, and I am currently running the Florida operations for one of the top electrical firms in the nation. I only wish that some of the younger kids in your class would understand the validity of your teachings, and the impact it would have on their life if they would follow them.
I have been married for 23 years with two amazing children. I know them on a very personal level because of your teachings on keeping a balanced life and always making time for my wife and children. I believe I have achieved true success, in both life and business, and I owe it to your teachings over the years. My family and I thank you for the major impact you have had on our life. I look forward to seeing you at the Solar Seminar in Coral Springs and hope to get a picture with you to commemorate our 25 years together.
Thank you and God bless you Mike.
Glen "Lucky" Drake
April 26, 2010
My life, as an Electrician:
Upon my exit from the U.S. Air Force, I found myself basically without a job. Some thought, time and energy and thought was put into pre-college courses. But I still remained let’s say with no focused career path. Fortunately a break came in the way of a great opportunity to interview for a local major manufacturing plant. This was the place that started me toward becoming an electrician. Not only did this provide me with a good income for my family, I received technical training for instrumentation. While at the same facility was part of a site wide electrical training program, which encouraged me to become a journeyman electrician.
After a very fulfilling 30 years of service and experience I took an early retirement. In July of 2006 I began vigorously pursuing to open my own electrical contractor’s business.
All that stood in the pathway was the “Master electrician license”. I proceeded to begin the task of studying and preparing for the test. Each time I took the exam and failed sometimes by just a few points. I began to doubt that this feat was feasible for me, that’s when I found mikeholt.com. After I had made my purchase of a couple of books and DVDs Mike’s staff called me and set me up with the material that I “really” needed to become successful. The rest was up to me. For almost two weeks and eight to ten hours a day, I watched and read each lesson. The discussions in the program kept my interest thru out the entire series. On the next scheduled exam I overwhelmingly passed!
I now run a small electrical contracting service which would not have been possible without all of the support of my family, friends and the program from Mike Holt.
Robert A Flenner
April 18, 2010
In the spring of 2004 I found out my boss was going to retire, so I decided to try for my license. I ordered some videos from Mike Holt and I watched them over and over and it really got me to open up the code book and know where everything was. I did a lot of studying and a lot of praying and in the fall I took my exam and passed with flying colors. Since I have started my business and for 5 years now have been busy as can be thank the Lord. I am not saying it has not been stressful but I would not trade this in for another job.
Thanks for your help Mike Holt and and for answering my prayers Jesus.
Bill Luchesi, BNL Electric
April 16, 2010
I will introduce myself: my name is Jose A Guillen. I started young in my teens in construction hard labor coming from a very poor family. My dad could not provide more education than high school. I started to work very young in concrete then I worked in manufacturing of mobile homes as roof top builder, I worked in rough electrical. I was introduced by friends into the world of electricians where my interest in electrical books began. When I became a quality control inspector in my early 30's testing all electrical components and installations over the years searching on the computer I found this unique website that has given me so much knowledge - it is the best WWW. MIKE HOLT.COM nobody told me about it - it was the Lords guidance.amen. Over the years I have become a certified home inspector and a ICC certified Residential Electrical Inspector and continue to learn more from the masters who share info and discuss electrical topics at this website. I still work as an inspector for manufactured school and commercial buildings; my objective would be to become a master like Mike although I started late. Today in my mid 40's I say it is never late to learn and make an impact learn from the Best.
God Bless you Mike Holt...
March 17, 2010
Blessings come in all shapes, sizes and forms. I said a little prayer for more reference books and my prayers were answered.
We have an eight seat, sand tent, where we bring in outside Iraqi electrical workers, contractors, SEW workers, and Military electrical teams and give them a basic run down of Grounding and Bonding and put out questions from the 2005 Code Exam books that were sent by Mike in the beginning when Task Force SAFE started this mission with Jim Childs. Words cannot express our gratitude and appreciation for your encouragement.
The support for our mission from Mike and everyone at Mike Holt Enterprises has been instrumental in helping us accomplish our original mission. Saving Lives and making the infrastructure safer for all parties was that original mission. We are doing that with each passing day. We are so happy for all your support and speaking for all of us here at Task Force SAFE, Thank You.
Task Force SAFE
August 25, 2009
I have been a student/seminar attendee for 33 years. Because of you, I have achieved more than I originally dreamed of when I started in business on May 1st, 1973. Over the years I have mimicked your approach to our trade with the employees we have had. I firmly believe this trade requires more skill and mental acuity than any other trade. Unfortunately, many of my fellow contractors do not treat their employees the same, thinking of them as strictly tools, to work until no longer needed.
The need for education in our industry is essential to the industry's continuance. For myself, I never felt more proud than when an employee graduated apprenticeship school/training and later went on to become a journeyman/master.
Thanks for the years of substantial training and my continued success.
George C. Turenne
American Lighting Maintenance
July 16, 2008
Hi; My name is Ed Bursott. Like many of you who are reading this I am a retired electrician. I started working in the trade in 1968 when I was 19 years old. Oh my, those were the good old days. I was very fortunate that as an apprentice I had very good instructors and I worked with many journeymen that were interested in teaching me the trade. I also took many classes later on that were given by our local union on safety, high voltage termination and control circuitry. I feel however that a very important part of my education was the part that I received in the field. I don’t believe there was even one electrician, man or woman that I worked with that did not teach me something. A few of them I was able to thank for their effort.
I was also able to give back a lot of the knowledge that others had passed on to me. A couple of years ago man approached me and said “Ed, how are you doing?” As it turned out he was an apprentice I had worked with about 15 years earlier. When he told me his name I totally remembered him. Well, he went on to say this- “Do you remember when we were working on that pipe rack? (The pipe rack was about 30 feet off the ground) You told me how to use the safety belt with two lanyards attached to it. Then you said to me- Go ahead, you can do it. You really made a difference. Thanks.” I tell you my eyes started to fill with water. I had given back something that I had received.
After 36 years in the trade I had back problems and pain in several of my joints. Let’s face it, when you physically give a lot it is going to cost you something. I had back surgery and my doctor recommended that I take my retirement if it was at all possible when I was 55. Little did I know the impact it would have when I no longer worked in the trade. I had talked with a few retirees at meetings and at social functions and they all in some way expressed that they missed doing electrical work. I didn’t really understand, or relate to what they were saying. Hey, it was a job. When I did take my retirement – all the pieces fell into place.
I have so many good memories of the work and the people I worked with. Running the pipe, pulling the wire and making all of the connections, there are a lot of different aspects to one project. Then the big payoff comes when you throw on the power, push the buttons and watch a machine or a building come to life. There is no way of describing how that feels, or at least the memory of how that felt. With the physical condition I am in now, I know I will never be able to return to the trade. The memories discussed in this paper are but a few of the things I miss. For me, there is no other job, position, or employment that could ever replace doing electrical work. Yes, I truly understand what those old timers (I’m one of them now) were talking about when they inferred or said outright that they missed working in the trade. No, it isn’t just a job. It is a way of life. It is an occupation quite unlike any other.
One small crumb of advice I would like to leave with you is this. At the end of each day, walk through your work area and look at what you accomplished. The pipe you ran or the machine that is in operation or the lighting that you hung, admire your own accomplishments. Then understand what you feel in your heart. Yes we all need a paycheck, but that feeling of accomplishment will keep you coming back for more.
It was Winston Churchill that said- “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
October 24, 2007
Electricity itself is a scary thing if you stop and think about it. The thought of something that you can’t see that could kill you before you even know what hit you is very unsettling to most. But to the men and women of our trade, the thrill of turning on that Main switch overshadows the fear of what we can’t see.
I broke into the business in 1980, pulling BX out of a fire remodel at a bowling alley in Baltimore, MD. This little taste of the trade was all I needed to know this was what I wanted to do with my career. As many young people starting out in the business, I attended a 4-year apprenticeship program, graduating from it in 1986. After 10 winters working in the cold, I decided to move to sunny Florida in 1992. I passed the Block and Associates Journeyman’s exam in 1993 and then passed the Block and Associates Registered Masters exam in 1998. Due to a lot of out-of-town work and the procrastination some of us have, I never registered my results with the state and after five years was no longer eligible to register.
In October of 2003, while on a jobsite, I noticed several specs or floaters in my left eye. This would be the start of some major eye problems caused by complications of diabetes. On April 15, 2004, my first retinal detachment was operated on and was unsuccessful. I’ve not seen anything out of my left eye since then. I continued working in the field throughout that summer as a field superintendent/foreman, running and managing projects as I had for 10 years or so. In October of 2004, my right eye started to have problems and on October 21, 2004 a retinal surgery attempting to repair a detachment in that eye was also unsuccessful. A total of six operations to my left eye and four to my right eye all had basically the same result leaving me totally blind with only very minute amounts of light passing through my damaged eyes.
After being an electrician for close to 25 years and using my eyes every day as we all do, I was now faced with what seemed to be an insurmountable challenge. The things we all take for granted like driving to work, reading a set of drawings, using a tape measure to lay something out, or even getting the right amount of cream in that last cup of coffee before you go to work was now something I had to figure out. Like electricity to most, now what I couldn’t see was a fear I had to deal with every day. The dangers of basic life and uncertainty of my career direction flowed through my mind daily for the first few months.
Through all of my eye operations and treatments, my boss stood by me encouraging me to continue to grow and making a place for me as part of the office management team for an electrical contractor in Clewiston, FL. I learned how to use a computer, which before I lost my sight, was a four letter word to me. Starting at square one, I taught myself to type and learned the keys fairly quickly. Now I use a screen reading software called JAWS, which basically reads anything on the screen using key stroke combinations to move the curser around the screen. It took a lot of training but I’ve got a pretty good handle on it now and can navigate through most programs without too much trouble. About a year and a half ago I purchased the 2005 NEC on CD-ROM and learned how to get around it fairly good as well.
Before I lost my sight, I had dreams of possibly going out on my own, opening an electrical contracting business of my own and continuing to grow naturally in the trade. Well, needless to say, the circumstances with my eyes could now hamper the dreams. But with the love and support of my family and friends, I decided to try to pursue some of those dreams anyway.
One of the toughest things about my situation is the fact that our trade is such a visual industry. I remember joking with co-workers for years about the thought of a color-blind electrician. The thought of that now seemed to pale in comparison to being a totally blind electrician. The one advantage I had though was my many years of experience, my drive to always keep learning, and two things that God blessed me with. The first is patience. This is a must for anyone who is blind because you are always either waiting for a ride, learning a completely new way to read using a computer, and even trying not to tell yourself “if I could only see.” The second is the blessing of a wonderful memory. My memory has always been good and made me very successful running work as a job foreman and field superintendent. Unfortunately, when your sight goes, some of your memory does as well because the sight of different things will trigger your memory, but I’m working on this every day.
I contacted Mike Holt via E-mail late in February of 2007. Wanting to pursue my dreams, I asked Mike if he thought he could help me obtain study guides to attempt to pass the Certified Unlimited Masters Electrician’s Exam. Because I can’t just go buy a book and study it now, I wasn’t sure if these study guides would help. Mike’s enthusiasm and energy encouraged me as well as his positive attitude toward my request. His staff responded to my requests quick and to the point. I received the DVD package as well as the NEC and Contractor’s Reference Practice Exams in the mail within a couple of weeks.
As I said earlier, I just can’t crack open the book and start cramming. First, I had to take the books to a local print shop and have the bindings cut off of them. Then with the help of my Mom, we scanned the pages individually on our scanners transferring the text on the pages to PDF and Word files on my computer that my JAWS could read to me. The first two or three hundred pages that I scanned in Word were very difficult to navigate. A lot of editing was necessary because of the way the scanner processed the pages. After about a month though, we had transferred the books into something I could study. I thanked God for my patience throughout this scanning period.
I applied for the July 6, 2007 technical exam to be held in Kissimmee, FL. I decided that the best way for me to study was to rely on another God-given talent, my memory. I listened to the DVDs every morning for the better part of five weeks prior to the exam. These DVDs were not only very informative; they were sometimes funny and very interesting. In the evenings, I would try to go over the practice exams and quizzes trying to memorize what I could, learning a lot.
As my exam date got near, the butterflies started to churn. Because I would have to have a reader to read the questions to me then fill in the proper answer on the answer sheet, I felt working with someone would be beneficial. But like all of us, I didn’t want to tie anyone down having to read the practice exams and such to me, so I just continued to study as I had been.
The exam was a tough one. I had had success in the 90s and was a good test taker when I could see, but this was nothing like those tests. The State allowed me twice the allotted time as someone who could see and I needed every bit of it. When I left the testing facility, I was unsure of my result and the proctors told me it could be up to a month before the results came out. Two and a half weeks later, I was notified that I had passed this exam and I was ecstatic. I then targeted the business portion of the exam. Studying in the same manner, I set a date of August 29, 2007. Again, I was allotted twice the time and again I used every second. No waiting for the result this time though. Two minutes after the exam was completed I had my result… I passed!
I continue to learn every day and hope my story can encourage the readers of this newsletter to always strive to learn something every day. Education in our trade is so very important and I think the apprenticeship programs throughout the state and the country are vital to the trade. Being book smart will not make you a good electrician. But the combination of the experience of the field coupled with a solid foundation of education of the trade will make you a great electrician. Never say never and always remember that whatever you may be going through, chances are there is someone worse off than you.
Knowledge is power.