Mike Holt Video Team

Thank you to all the video team members who took time out of their busy schedules to participate in the live recording of my video programs and products. Your insight and interest in these projects has contributed to the end result: An outstanding series of programs that we can all take pride in. I hope to have the pleasure of working with all of you again.

—Mike Holt

Mike Holt Video Team Members

Larry Abernathy

Master Electrician/Instructor Ford Motor Company Research and Engineering Dearborn, Michigan

Larry Abernathy entered the U.S. Army after graduating from high school and received training in communications and electronics. He served in Korea, Germany, and three tours in Vietnam, where he was wounded twice. Larry was trained as an Army instructor and taught communications and electronics at the U.S. Army Southeastern Signal School at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He then served an IBEW apprenticeship and became licensed as a journeyman in 1976 and as a master in 1979.

Larry was employed in construction, industrial, commercial, and residential work until becoming the Electrical Inspector for the City of Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1986 with a promotion to Supervisor of Building Inspection in 1988. In 1995, he became employed by the Ford Motor Company and works in the Research and Engineering Center in Dearborn, Michigan. Larry has also taught National Electrical Code update classes. He is married with three grown sons, one of whom is an IBEW journeyman electrician.

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Jimmy Adams

Project Superintendent Electric Services, Inc. Leesburg, FL

I was born in Leesburg, Fl in 1973 and have resided in the area ever since. Throughout my child hood I was always fascinated with the way things worked, especially electricity. I graduated Leesburg High School in 1991 and proceeded into adult hood. I got my first official introduction to Electrical theory in the military learning Electronics repair. I worked in electronics repair for a short while before turning to industrial maintenance in 1994. I performed various electro-mechanical upgrades and modifications as well as much needed code compliance upgrades. I left maintenance to pursue my long sought after electrical career. I began working for Electric Services Inc. in 1998. I, from the beginning, was fascinated at the diversity of the trade and sought after knowing as much about the trade as possible. I earned my Master certificate of competency in 2000.

I have had the opportunity to perform such tasks as motor controls, design building, estimating, project management, security installations, access control systems with video integration, voice and data installations including fiber with the use of media converters, grounding and bonding projects, and fire alarm systems. Currently I am still employed with Electric Services, Inc. and I'm coordinating the ESI learning center and instructing on the topics of "Understanding the NEC" and "Exam Preparation". I am married and have three wonderful children. The part of my life not devoted to them is devoted to the electrical industry. My hobbies are computers and electronics. The ever-changing technology keeps me experimenting. I have lived my life with the belief that education is the suppression of ignorance with the constant application of knowledge. I have adhered to a life filled with the pursuit of knowledge.

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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.

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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.

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Tarry L. Baker
Chief Electrical Code Compliance Officer Broward County Board of Rules & Appeals Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Tarry has been the Chief Electrical Code Compliance Officer for the Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals (Florida) for the last twelve years, standardizing enforcement in 30 municipalities and the unincorporated area of Broward County. He has served on the Electrical Technical Committee to the Board of Rules and Appeals for over ten years, and as an advisor to the committee for nine years. He has been a member of National Electrical Code (NEC) Code-Making Panel-13 of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) since 2000 for the 2002 & 2005 NEC. He helped develop the NFPA & IAEI National Certified Residential Electrical Inspector and Master Electrical Inspector examinations. Tarry is currently a member of the Electrical/Alarms Technical Advisory Committee to the Florida Building Commission, and a former member of the Education, Disciple, and Licensing Work Group for the Governor's Building Code Study Commission for the State of Florida. Tarry has been married to his wife Beckie for 34 years. They have twin daughters and two grandchildren.
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Bill Brooks

Principal Engineer Vacaville, CA www.BrookSolar.com

Bill Brooks has over 25 years of experience designing, installing, and evaluating grid-connected PV systems. More than 12,000 installers and inspectors have attended his courses throughout the U.S. and abroad.

His field troubleshooting skills have been valuable in determining where problems occur to focus training on those issues of greatest need. He has written several important technical manuals for the industry that are now widely used through-out the United States and beyond. His recent publications include the Expedited Permit Process for PV Systems, the Field Inspection Guidelines for PV Systems, and Understanding the CalFire Solar PV Installation Guidelines, as well as articles in Photon and SolarPro magazines.

He is actively involved in the developments of PV codes and standards including IEEE-929 and IEEE1547 (PV Utility Interconnection), the National Electrical Code (NEC®) Article 690 (Solar Photovoltaic Systems), and IEC TC82 (international PV standards). Mr. Brooks is an active participant on many codes and standards panels including Code-Making Panel 4 of the National Electrical Code, UL1703 and UL1741 Standards Technical Panels, and IEC TC82 Working Group 3 and 6. Mr. Brooks was a member of the California Office of the State Fire Marshal’s (Cal Fire) PV Task force that developed the Solar Photovoltaic Installation Guideline, which became the model for national fire regulation. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a registered Professional Mechanical and Electrical Engineer.

Bill enjoys helping people make progress toward reaching their God-given potential. His interests include sailing, motorcycle riding, performance automobiles, home theatre, and all types of music.

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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.”

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David Click

Program Director, PV Project Engineering Florida Solar Energy Center Cocoa, Florida www.floridaenergycenter.org

Dave Click became involved in solar energy through the Department of Energy’s first Solar Decathlon, serving as project manager for the engineering team behind the University of Virginia’s entry. After receiving his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from UVA, he joined Solar Design Associates in Massachusetts from 2004 to 2007, managing and designing PV projects from 3-600 kWdc.

Since 2007, Dave’s been working at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, Florida with projects including training prospective PV installers, educating code officials on proper PV design and installation, and analyzing the impacts of widespread PV on power systems. He serves as a volunteer for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and he is coordinator for a 7-university team aiming to expand power systems education.

Dave and his family live beneath their 5.4 kW PV system in Orlando; over the last four years, their total electric bill was $81.99.

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Daniel Craft

Electrical Foreman Westminster, CA

Daniel Craft a high school dropout had little confidence in amounting to anything of value in society. He found himself with little discipline and even less education. Daniel soon found himself desperate for something, anything. As a hard worker he had no problem keeping jobs that required a strong back.

At the young age of 20, he was offered a job as an electrician’s helper, where he learned fast that if he was going to survive in this technical world, he would have to go back to school. But where would he start? Realizing the necessary sacrifice of laziness and ignorance, for a life of dedication and discipline, he began taking electrical courses at Los Angeles Trade Tech.

While working as an electrician’s helper he applied for an apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 441 in Orange County, California. Over a year had passed from applying, before being accepted in the five year apprenticeship where he would complete structured electrical courses as well as extensive hands on training. Daniel is now recognized by the IBEW and the state of California as being a Journeyman Electrician.

He currently works as an Electrical Foreman for R.L. Douglass Electric, Inc. in Orange County, CA., and starting January 2008 will begin teaching continuing education courses at the Orange County Electrical Training Trust in Santa Ana, CA. At the age of twenty-eight he has held fast, excelling in areas such as electrical construction and the National Electrical Code.

He believes it’s crucial that one must maintain the position of a student if he/she is going to be successful, especially in the electrical industry. Daniel has a passion for helping others achieve confidence to grow into the person that God meant them to be. Contrary to the “dropout’’ Daniel now lives his life putting God first, family second, and career a close third.

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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.

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John Paul David

Director of Corporate Safety and Training Staley, Inc. Little Rock, AR www.Staleyinc.com

John Paul David is responsible for training all Staley, Inc. employees on the industry’s safety policies and standards. Additionally, he’s the in-house instructor for Staley’s BICSI certified training center which is utilized company-wide by technicians. John also oversees the maintenance of facilities at the headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas.

John is a Master Electrician in multiple jurisdictions and is a certified trainer and Level 3 BICSI Technician in design, integration, installation, and infrastructure in the telecommunications industry. BICSI is a professional association that provides technical education, information, and knowledge assessment for the information and communications technology (ICT) community.

John began his career with Staley, Inc. as an Electrical Apprentice. After completing a four-year BAT Electrical Apprenticeship program, he went on to earn his Journeyman and Master licenses as well as his BICSI certifications. He resides in Little Rock with his wife. Together, they have a beautiful daughter, age 8, and son, age 5. John is an active member of his church where he works with the children’s group in a leadership position.

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Doug Douty

D & D Resources, Owner Fresno City College Fresno, California

Doug Douty has been a consultant in the electrical and building fields for many years. Doug’s vision is to help you maximize your talents and abilities and to provide solutions to difficult problems. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association, the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, and a 2006 winner of Mike Holt’s Top Gun presentation award.

Doug holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Technology from California State University, Fresno, and California State Contractor’s license in electrical general contracting. He is an instructor in the electronics department at Fresno City College, an Adjunct Professor at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally recognized speaker in the electrical industry.

Doug resides in Fresno in the Central Valley of California with his wife. He has four grown children and five grandchildren. Doug has a passion for helping people reach their full potential in life. He also enjoys cycling, running, reading, and continual learning as well as family vacations. Doug’s motivational style of teaching captures his audience’s attention.

At Doug’s seminars, students not only increase their knowledge, but their confidence as well. Seminar topics include Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA 70E), the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70), AC Fundamentals, AC Power Systems, Control Systems, Electrical Certification Preparation, and Continuing Education.

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Dr. Joe Engel

Dr. Joe Engel was born and raised in Cincinnati. He earned a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. As a co-op student, Joe first worked as an ac motor designer for Allis Chalmers and later as a home electronic organ designer for Baldwin Piano. He moved to Pittsburgh where he earned a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.

For 30 years Joe worked for Westinghouse and, most recently, 15 years for Eaton Cutler-Hammer as the manager of an electronics R&D group. This group focuses on electrical metering, control, and protection products for the residential, commercial, industrial and utility markets. Awards include the Westinghouse Order of Merit (Westinghouse’s highest honor) and an Inventor of the Year award; He has 94 U.S. Patents.

Joe has been married to his wife Mary for 46 years. They have raised eight children and have seven grandchildren. Joe loves to travel, usually with his children, and most recently back-packed the Grand Canyon. Golf and bowling are his hobbies.

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Jason Fisher

Founder, Solar Technical Consulting Charlottesville, Virginia www.solartechconsulting.com

Jason Fisher has been earning his living in the PV industry for more than 16 years. From 1996 to 2006, he owned and operated the first fully licensed PV contracting firm in Maryland, where he designed and installed many of the DC region’s earliest utility-interconnected PV systems including systems for the Pentagon, the Department of State, and the White House. For six years Jason was the Senior Director for Technical Training for a global manufacturer of PV systems. As an independent consultant, Jason provides technical services to many clients in the PV industry including technical training, design review, performance modeling and validation, system optimization, commissioning, troubleshooting, and owner’s agent.

Jason is a licensed master electrician, a NABCEP™ Certified PV Installation Professional, and a UL Certified PV System Installer. He has over 7 years of experience training thousands of engineers, installers, and inspectors in PV applications and the NEC. He is also the author of several technical articles on PV and is the co-author of a textbook on PV design and installation for a PV system manufacturer.

Jason lives in Charlottesville Virginia with his wife and two kids. He enjoys hiking, sea kayaking, mountain biking, and wood oven cooking.

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Charles Fulmer
Electrical Inspector City of Little Rock Little Rock, Arkansas
Charles Fulmer is currently an Electrical Inspector for the City of Little Rock, Arkansas. He is also an Electrical Instructor for the Arkansas Electrical Apprenticeship Program and a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors. Before becoming an Inspector, Charles worked for 25 years in the commercial electrical trade, mostly as a supervisor over large jobs such as hospitals, high rise construction, hotels, and schools. Charles has been married to his wife Meryl for 28 years. They have raised three sons and one daughter and now have one grand-daughter who is two years old. Charles has been a leader in a church youth scouting organization called the Royal Rangers for 20 years, reaching, teaching, and keeping boys for Christ! Charles feels it is better to build men than to repair them.
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Wes Gerrans

Electrical Technology Instructor Northwest Kansas Technical College Goodland, Kansas

Wes Gerrans, upon obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from Andrews University in 1965, began his career as an Industrial Arts instructor at Eau Claire Michigan High School. After teaching for four years, he worked in the construction trades for the next 23 years. In 1992 he completed an Electrical Technology course at Northwest Kansas Technical School. It was at this time that he first had contact with Mike Holt when he helped with the editing of one of Mike’s earlier books. He then worked for Archer Daniels Midland as an industrial electrician until 2002, when he went back to NWKTC, now a college, as an instructor in the electrical program.

Wes remains happily married to his wife of 43 years, Jacque, who continues to be a source of strength and encouragement. She retired from being a school psychologist this year and is now enjoying a more leisurely pace at home. Their children are both married. Their son, Neil, is a teacher in Seattle, WA; their daughter, Lisa, teaches in Lincoln, NE.

Other areas of interest for Wes have included a commercial fishing business in Alaska, rebuilding wrecked vehicles, and restoring antique furniture. He is an active leader and teacher in his church. He enjoys participating in community projects, has a passion for teaching, and for sharing the Good News of Jesus.

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Ken F. Gordon
Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc. Northbrook, IL Instructor Chicago Electric Association
Ken Gordon has been involved in the electrical construction industry since 1974, starting with a family electrical firm owned primarily by uncles and cousins. First driving material delivery trucks, he was soon introduced to doing takeoffs and the estimating process. Ken became involved in project management, with a good deal of guidance from cousins Phil and Jim Gordon. Ken passed his Chicago Electrical Contractor's License exam in 1987. Ken is the Chief Estimator at Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc., a large commercial / industrial electrical contractor, primarily in the Health Care industry, but also involved in a variety of data center and other specialty projects. Previous work experience as an estimator / project manager at other firms also included preparing AutoCAD drawings for design/build projects and 'As-Builts'. Ken participates in the forums at MikeHolt.com, which he says have been essential to finding Code references and solutions to unusual problems. Ken developed an interest in teaching when he became a trainer with Trade Service Corporation for their A.L.E.C. Estimating System, travelling nationwide to conduct hands-on training classes for 3 years. He worked as a sales rep, did technical support, onsite training, and system installations for TRF Systems for 7 years. He continues to teach estimating and AutoCAD night classes at the Electric Association of Chicago, where he has for nearly 15 years. Ken has been happily married to his wife Maryann for 30 years, and they have four children together, Andy, Amy, Sean, and Megan. An ongoing project has been remodeling their home where they have lived for 25 years, doing much of the work themselves. Other interests include hypermiling (driving for maximum mpg), computer gaming, working on his 1965 Amphicar. and restoring an antique wooden runabout.
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Scott Harding

Electrical Contractor F.B. Harding, Inc. Rockville, MD www.fbharding.com

Scott Harding began his electrical career as an electrician’s helper working part time in the family business. After graduating with an Electrical Engineering degree from Clemson University, he worked as an electrical engineer for RTKL Associates, a large design firm located in Baltimore, Maryland.

After leaving RTKL, Scott went to work at F.B. Harding, Inc. an Electrical Contractor located in Rockville, Maryland where he’s been for the last 25 years. He’s a licensed Master Electrician in multiple jurisdictions and is the current President and CEO of F.B. Harding, Inc, making the family business a third generation company. Scott also serves on NEC Code-Making Panel Number 5 (Grounding and Bonding) and worked on the 2005, 2008, 2011, and 2014 cycles.

Scott lives in Maryland and is married with two children.

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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.

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Michael Holt, Jr.

Owner Premier Power, Inc. Groveland, FL michael@premierpowerinc.com www.PremierPowerInc.com

Michael Holt, Jr. is the son of Charles M. Holt (aka Mike Holt) and has been exposed to the electrical trade his whole life. He is a master electrician and Florida Certified Electrical Contractor.

Michael enjoys jet skiing, motocross racing, and stand-up comedy, both as a performer and a member of the audience. He is very much a “people person” and very active socially. Michael has a daughter, Haylee, whom he absolutely adores.

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Daniel Brian House

Dan House Electric, Inc Ocala, FL www.danhouseelectric.com

Brian House is a high-energy entrepreneur with a passion to do business the right way. Brian is currently the CEO of Dan House Electric, Inc., an unlimited electrical contracting company based in Florida and working throughout the SE United States.

Brian has been involved in varying aspects of alternative energy and energy conservation since the 1990s and has had a passion to constantly improve the combinations of technology offered to his custom- ers, whether designing energy-efficient lighting retrofits, exploring “green” biomass generators, or partnering with solar energy companies as their preferred installer. He has experienced the laughs and tears of “the growing up of” alternative energy and looks to the future for more exciting developments.

Currently, Brian is preparing for his NABCEP certification and exploring the future of cutting edge “green” technologies with a new start-up company. In addition to managing his growing company, Brian also speaks at various training and motivational seminars and classes. Passionate about helping others, he regularly engages with the youth of the local community to motivate them into exploring their future. Brian and his wife Carissa have shared the joy of their four children and over 30 foster children during a happy 13 years of marriage. When not at work or church, he is an avid fly fisherman preferring the action-packed intercostals for his angling venue.

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Bob Huddleston

Bob Huddleston is a licensed Professional Engineer. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, and is currently employed by Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tennessee where he is responsible for the electrical safety program. Bob has served a number of roles in the electrical industry, including an engineering supervisor, maintenance supervisor, plant engineer, and an instructor of electrical and electronic theory for the U.S. Navy at the Naval Nuclear Power School.

Before completing his degrees, Bob served an 8,000 hour electrician apprenticeship at a Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear plant, and worked for approximately nine years as a construction electrician. He was recognized as the Electrical Apprentice of the Year during this time. Bob serves as an adjunct faculty member at a local technical community college, and is the Chairman of the Electrical Curriculum Advisory Council. He is an instructor for an accredited apprenticeship program, and also represents the American Chemistry Council on Panel 6 as a principle voting member.

Bob enjoys boating, fishing, hunting, flying his Cessna 172, and serving the Lord.

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Ryan Jackson

Inspector/Instructor City of Draper, Utah

Ryan Jackson is a combination inspector in the Salt Lake City, Utah, area who began his career as a carpenter while in high school. He began doing electrical work when he was 18 and, at the age of 23, Ryan landed his first job as an electrical inspector and subsequently became certified in building, plumbing, and mechanical inspection (commercial and residential), as well as building and electrical plan review. Two years after becoming an inspector, he was approached by a friend in the area asking him to fill in at an electrical seminar for him. After his first class Ryan was hooked, and is now a highly sought after seminar instructor. He has taught in several states, and loves helping people increase their understanding of the Code.

In 2005, Ryan met Mike Holt in Salt Lake City, and they became friends immediately. He helped Mike with his Understanding the NEC, Volume 2 videos and began editing his books as well. He believes that there are only a small handful of opportunities that change a person’s life and career, and meeting Mike was one of them.

When Ryan isn’t working, he can often be found in his garage turning wood on his lathe, or in the kitchen where he enjoys wine making. Ryan married his high school sweetheart, Sharie, and they have two beautiful children together: Kaitlynn and Aaron.

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Lee Jolley

Electrical Inspector II, Baltimore County, Maryland Instructor, Hartford County, Maryland Airville, Pennsylvania

Lee Jolley began in the trade over 30 years ago, working for several companies in many aspects of the field. He feels fortunate to have worked with some great guys that taught him NEC requirements as much as the skills to do the work. Special thanks to Ronn, Chad, Dennis and Eddie for keeping me straight and arguing Code with me.

Lee went to work for the Baltimore County, Maryland government in 1990 as an electrical inspector. With great respect for the position, he strived to learn as much as he could about all the codes that are pertinent to our industry. In 1997 Lee started teaching at the Harford County Electrical Contractors Association apprenticeship program. There he learned how much he loved teaching. Leading electricians to doing their jobs in the safest methods possible was very rewarding. Lee also began doing seminars for electrical contractors several years ago. His seminars covered many of topics including the NEC changes since 2002, Grounding vs. Bonding, PV Systems changed by the NFPA 1, and many more. By using Mike Holt material, building power point programs from scratch, and adding his own sense of humor, he’s become a well-respected instructor and code official in the area.

Lee is first and foremost a very proud dad and grandfather. He loves his children as much as a man can. His daughter Lauren and granddaughter Ava are the lights of his life. His son Elijah joined the Marines in 2012 and works on F-18s and has his dad’s upmost respect. He also loves his Lord and Savior with all his heart.

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James E. Jones, Jr.

Electrical Instructor Oklahoma State University Okmulgee, Oklahoma

James E. Jones Jr. is an Instructor at Oklahoma State University. He teaches High Voltage Lineman and Electrical Construction courses at the OSU technical campus in Okmulgee, OK. James has been in the electrical construction/maintenance industry since 1979 when he joined the U.S. Air Force right after graduating from high school.

During his 21-year Air Force career James worked as a high voltage lineman, electrical instructor, and electrician. Going to school at night and on weekends, he received a Baccalaureate of Science Degree, with Honors, in Occupational Education, with specialization in Corporate Training Development, Electrical Power Systems, and Computer Business Information Systems. James is a licensed Master Electrician/Contractor and teaches several electrical, computer, and NEC courses. He previously served as the Director of Education & Training/Instructor for Mills Electrical Contractors in Dallas, TX.

James is on the Electrical Advisory Board for several electrical training programs throughout the state of Oklahoma. “Opportunity is waiting for whoever is ready to take advantage of it.”

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Thomas Landa

Project Manager / Estimator Shelby Township, MI TNT8197@Yahoo.com

Tom Landa is a Project Manager/Estimator and has been involved in the electrical industry for the better part of 30 years. He worked his way up through the electrical ?eld, starting as an apprentice at an early age, following his family’s preceding path. Tom has been intrigued in this ever-changing business since day one and he’s continually striving to be the best at what he can do. Electricity and this business are his life and he feels that he’s been educated from an early age to provide a quality end result for his customers, family, friends, and everyone he’s had the bene?t of coming into contact with in this industry. Tom feels that this can be accomplished through dedication to your trade, along with a strong education base, honesty, and integrity. Tom continues to put forth everything he has every day of every week for his beautiful wife TinaAnne and their two amazing sons (Tommaso and Antonio) she and God have allowed him the luxury of having. Without the aforementioned, he could not be where he is in life today.

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Jeff Larus

Electrical Inspector/Instructor Rapid City, SD

Jeff Larus started his electrical career by completing programs in Industrial Electronics and Electronics Technology at Western Dakota Vocational Technical School in Rapid City, South Dakota right after graduating from high school. Jeff completed his electrical apprenticeship and two years as a journeyman working in his father’s electrical contracting business. He tested for and received his South Dakota Electrical Inspector’s license as soon as he was eligible to test.

Since 1990, Jeff has worked for the City of Rapid City as an Electrical Inspector. As a combination inspector for the city, Jeff does primarily electrical and mechanical inspections. Over the years, he has acquired many certifications in all aspects of building inspection and plan review. He holds licenses from the State of South Dakota and the City of Rapid City as well as certifications from the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, and the International Code Council. Jeff teaches electrical continuing education classes for Western Dakota Tech and local electrical trade groups. He has volunteered with the Pennington County Search and Rescue Team for the past 19 years.

Jeff and his wife Kae of 11 years live in Rapid City, South Dakota where they have two children Jessy and Tabitha in grade school. Jeff and Kae have been active in Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Black Hills and the Casey Family Foster Care Program.

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Ryan Mayfield
State Licensed PV Installer/NABCEP Certified PV Installer/PV Instructor Renewable Energy Associates Corvallis, OR www.renewableassociates.com
Ryan Mayfield has been working in the renewable energy field since 1999 and currently focuses on commercial photovoltaic (PV) system design and education. As the President at Renewable Energy Associates, he provides design, support and educational services for contractors, architectural and engineering firms, manufacturers and government agencies. Typical projects include commercial and residential PV system designs and training PV system designers and installers. Ryan also works directly with manufacturers of PV-specific products to help gain market acceptance and develop products that directly help the implementation and use of their products. Ryan serves as Photovoltaic Systems Technical Editor for SolarPro magazine, regularly writing feature articles in SolarPro and Home Power magazines; he is also the author of PV Design and Installation for Dummies (published in 2010). He is an Affiliated Certified Master Trainer (from the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality) for the PV course he teaches at Lane Community College. Ryan also teaches various PV courses across the nation for electricians, existing solar professionals, code officials, inspectors and individuals looking to join the solar industry. Ryan holds a Limited Renewable Energy Technician (LRT) license in Oregon and chairs Oregon’s LRT apprenticeship committee. Ryan lives in Corvallis, OR with his wife, Amy, and three children, A.J., Lauren and Kai. They enjoy getting outdoors as much as possible, especially when they get the opportunity to get in the canoe for a few days.
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John Mills

Master Electrician/Electrical Instructor Premier Electrical Company/Dade County School Board Miami Springs, Florida

John Mills is an instructor for Mike Holt Enterprises, Inc. and is a Certified Electrical Contractor, Certified Inspector, Plan Reviewer, and CBO. John started in the electrical trade in 1980 as a helper and attended an ABC Apprenticeship Program, then worked his way up to Master Electrician. John has been an instructor for 20 years, teaching master and journeyman exam preparation courses and Florida State certification courses.

John resides in Miami, Florida with his wife Corina and their four sons. John’s hobbies are working with wood and metal. He makes wooden bowls and furniture from trees that have been cut down. He enjoys making things for his children as well as fishing, family picnics, and vacations with his family.

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Ronald Nelson

Certified Engineering Technician

Ron was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he was fascinated by the “miracle” of electricity from an early age. A hydro-electric plant was located nearby where Ron could see water being converted into electrical power. He began his electrical engineering career in 1965 which included design for a power supply ranging from 120V through 69,000V; plus, street lighting design for Owensboro, Kentucky’s municipal utility. After 21 years in engineering, he accepted a new position at Warren Rural Electric Cooperative in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Ron became the Technical Adviser to the agricultural, commercial and industrial customers for power quality issues and solutions. He retired in 2002 after serving the Cooperative as Vice President for 10 years.

Ron continues to provide technical services (including proper grounding/bonding), and training to the utility, electricians, vocational schools, and customers in the region.

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Gary L. Newton
Project Manager / Chief Estimator Consulting Electrical Engineers Sacramento, CA
Gary Newton entered the U.S. Army after completing high school. His time in the service of his country included a tour in Vietnam as a Combat Engineer. After the Army, Gary worked for telephone and cable TV companies. He completed an apprenticeship as a land surveyor, then a stint in the San Diego shipyards as a journeyman maintenance electrician. Gary spent 3 more years as a small, independent Electrical Contractor and estimator. In 1980, he went to work as an electrical designer for a local consulting engineering company. Since then, Gary has worked for consulting engineering companies in California, Nevada, and Colorado. Projects have included commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental, and public agencies. The past 7 years have been mostly school design for the State of California. Gary has worked on over 1,000 projects with development of over 18 million sq ft of space. His completed projects include: overhead and underground distribution systems (including sub-stations), building lighting and power layouts, telecom and data centers, large scale communication backbone systems, UPS and power conditioning projects, power generation with multiple generators and paralleling switchgear, special engineering projects, and graphics applications. Cost estimates have been an integral part of all projects; working with established budgets, setting construction budgets, or responding to change order and value engineering requests. In 1987, Gary was awarded the Certified Professional Estimator certificate by the American Society of Professional Estimators. He presently lives in Sacramento, CA, with his wife of 31 years, his two grown children, and a grandson. Gary has an older daughter living in San Diego, who has his other three grandsons.
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Lynn E. Palmer
Construction Supervisor State of California Sacramento, California
Lynn started his career as an electrician in 1979, became a licensed Electrical Contractor in 1985, and owned and operated L & B Palmer Electric. He later went to work as an Electrical Inspector for the County of Sacramento. Lynn is a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, Sacramento Valley Chapter, where he also served as Chairman, and was a member of IBEW Local 340 Sacramento. Lynn has taught a variety of apprenticeship, journeyman and Code training classes. Lynn currently teaches in the Building Inspection Technology Program at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento. After working for the County of Sacramento for 10 years, he went to work for the State of California as a Construction Supervisor. Lynn currently resides in Elk Grove, California, with his wife Brenda and two children, Christopher and Jennifer.
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Jerry Peck

Electrical Inspector

Jerry Peck started in electrical work about 45 years ago, pulling wire through attics and crawlspaces for his dad, an electrical contractor. Around 1965, he had his first personal contact with lightning, where he found lightning flashes across a surface. Lying on a cast iron drain pipe under a house, lightning struck 20-30 feet from him. He remembers hitting the bottom of the floor above and calling for help. After hours (so it seemed, really only a minute or so), he crawled out and went to where his dad and brother were working. His dad had been connecting the ground wire to the service panel when the lightning struck, it melted his screwdriver, burned the hair off his arm, and went out his foot burning a hole through his work boot’s toe.

Jerry has been working around, and learning about, electrical work ever since. In the early 1970s he calibrated oscilloscopes, volt meters, etc. in a defense plant’s Standards Lab. In the late 1970s, working for an electrical contractor, he designed, helped construct and install, lighting systems for several discos. He has mainly been around and involved with residential electrical work, leaving commercial and industrial work to others. Jerry has been a Certified Electrical Inspector for 15 years.

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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.

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Merle D. Rogers

Electrical Instructor Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles, California

Merle D. Rogers was an Organizer for Local 11 for three years and Local 47 for one year. He earned a California Electrical Inspection certificate through the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) and worked for Kaiser Svervdrup Engineering as a Motor Control and Instrumentation Inspector.

Merle began teaching with the Los Angeles IBEW/NECA Training Trust and taught Process Instrumentation and Control for three years, and apprenticeship for one year. He helped begin an Instrumentation Program at the San Bernardino Training Trust. He became a full-time teacher at Los Angeles Trade Technical College three years ago and was recently certified by the U.S. Department of Labor as an OSHA Construction Outreach Trainer. He has created the curriculum for several new courses now taught at LATTC.

“Professor Rogers” appeared on the Discovery Channel’s, the Monster House television program, and was an expert witness on hand tools in one of the largest lawsuits involving hand tools in many years (In Re: Leatherman Tool Company).

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Bill Ruffner

Founder and CEO TurboBid Chicago, IL www.TurboBid.net

Bill Ruffner is the founder and CEO of the award-winning TurboBid estimating software program. It was introduced to the marketplace in 2006 and has become one of the leading estimating software programs in the industry. TurboBid is designed to help contractors win more pro? table business by providing a systematic process to identify all costs, maximize crew productivity, and present a professional image.

In 1991, Bill started working as an apprentice for one of Chicagoland’s largest electrical contractors. During a 10 year period, hard work and dedication allowed him to quickly advance through the company. In 1997, Bill was offered and accepted the position of Vice President. During his four years in that position, he was responsible for increasing the company’s annual revenue from eight million dollars to over twenty two million dollars a year. In 2001, he started his own electrical contracting company. Bill knew that the company’s success would ultimately depend on his ability to quickly generate accurate estimates. He also understood that his customers would form an initial opinion of his company based on the quality and professional appearance of the proposals and bid package documents he presented to them. Bill believed that the fastest and most accurate method to estimate electrical jobs was undoubtedly with the use of a computer. Unfortunately, he couldn’t ?nd an estimating program that met his requirements. The available programs were either far too complicated, didn’t generate a quality bid package, or were much too expensive. “That’s when I decided to take matters into my own hands,” says Ruffner. “The only way that I was going to get an estimating program that met all of my needs was if I created one myself.” Enter TurboBid.

In 2003, Bill hired the best software programmer in the industry to help take his estimating program from the design stage into a fully functioning software program. While he used his 20+ years of experience as an electrician and contractor to design the software, his skilled programming team brought the software to life in a powerful yet easy to use format. The end result was simply amazing. It quickly became one of the best-selling estimating programs available at any price.

Currently, whenever Bill isn’t busy conducting live on-line training classes with TurboBid users, he continues to design and add amazing new features to the program. He enjoys spending any free time that he may have with his beautiful wife of over 20 years. His son is currently enrolled in Arizona State University’s (ASU) School of Business with plans of joining the company upon graduation.

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James Shafer
Harbor Marine Consultants, Inc. Stuart, FL
Jim Shafer, who holds the Accredited Marine Surveyor (AMS) designation from the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, as well as an American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Marine Electrical Technician Certificate, has an extensive background in the practical aspects of electrical problems in the marine environment. Applying his industrial and yacht electrical installation and repair experience to specific marina problems has allowed him to separate and identify recommendations for marina operations personnel to improve shore power safety and efficiency. Current efforts include developing a device for alerting the marina to AC ground faults in the dock wiring and on a yacht, and determining what effect these faults may have on underwater metals, as well as the potential to hann someone who falls into the water. Promoting an understanding of the importance of the dock ground system is currently his key area of interest.
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Martin Shoemaker

Martin Shoemaker has been involved in the electrical and electronics fields for over 35 years. Starting as the owner of an electronics repair shop, he’s worked as a broadcast engineer, field service engineer for heavy industry controls, facilities engineer for a petro- chemical complex, and instrumentation engineer for a jet engine manufacturer. Martin was registered as a Professional Engineer in 1985 and has been in private practice since 1995.

He’s been happily married to Joyce for over 23 years. They have two children and seven grandchildren. Martin has been a church worship leader for many years and enjoys cheering on his grandchildren in soccer, basketball, and cross country.

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Phil Simmons

Simmons Electrical Services PO Box 2377, Olympia, WA 98507

Phil Simmons is self-employed as Simmons Electrical Services. Services include consulting on the National Electrical Code and other Codes, writing, editing, illustrating and producing technical publications and inspection of complex electrical installations. He develops training programs related to electrical codes and safety and has been a presenter at numerous seminars and conferences. Phil also provides plan review of electrical construction documents.

Phil began his electrical career in a light-industrial plant. He is licensed as a master electrician and was owner and manager of Simmons Electric Inc., an electrical contracting company. Phil previously served as Chief Electrical Inspector for the State of Washington from 1984 to 1990. He also served as Executive Director for the International Association of Electrical Inspectors as Executive Director and as Education, Codes and Standards Coordinator. He was International President in 1987. He also served as Editor of IAEI News and updated the Electrical Inspection Certification Study Guides as well as the Neon Installations Manual. He served Underwriters Laboratories, as a Corporate Member and on the Electrical Council and on the UL Board of Directors.

Phil presently serves NFPA on Code Making Panel-5 of the National Electrical Code Committee. He previously served on the NEC CMP-1, as Chair of CMP-19 and member of CMP-17. He served six years on the NFPA Standards Council, as NFPA Electrical Section President and on the NEC Technical Correlating Committee.

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George Stolz

Master Electrician Quicksilver Electrical Training Pierce, CO www.qstrain.com

George Stolz began his electrical career by tinkering around with machines in the Production Department of the Fort Collins Coloradoan. He began his apprenticeship in 2002 and developed a keen interest in the Code shortly after joining the trade. George currently serves as a construction foreman for Gregory Electric in Loveland, Colorado. His work experience includes single- and multi-family dwellings, hospitals, schools, grocery stores, aircraft hangars, office buildings, maintenance, estimating, and project management.

George is a moderator on Mike Holt’s Internet Code Forum, which he asserts is the best place to go for technical discussion on the web. He teaches classes at the Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain Chapter and enjoys a symbiotic relationship with the NFPA. He gleefully provides them with proposals to the NEC every cycle; the Code-Making Panels derive equal joy in rejecting them.

George lives near Pierce, Colorado with his wife Shana and their two boys. Their hobbies include camping, target shooting, bicycling, and trying to predict what the kids will get into next!

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Richard Stovall

LEED AP BD+C CEO, SolPowerPeople, Inc. Austin, Texas

Richard Stovall has been actively involved in the Solar Industry since 2008 motivated by his belief that solar technology will be an engine for economic growth for at least the next century. He has worked in 2 different accredited and industry recognized solar training organizations.

Richard has been involved in developing state of the art hands-on training labs for on-site and mobile education, developing curriculum, and training thousands of electricians, firefighters, solar installers, and utility workers. His company, SolPowerPeople, is known for the SolarMOOC Academy, which features free live lectures by industry experts (Mike Holt being the very first) that have been viewed by over 50,000 people globally. Richard says about his work as a solar instructor: “What’s most satisfying is when I have the opportunity to dispel the myths and misconceptions that most people have about solar energy, and leave them with the knowledge that solar is a viable, affordable, and inevitable solution.”

Richard’s professional experience includes: CEO and owner of SolPowerPeople, Inc. (since 2011); Director of Operations and Lead Instructor for a leading solar training organization (2009 to 2011); Certified IREC ISPQ Master Trainer in Photovoltaics; Certified NABCEP PV Installation Professional; Certified NABCEP PV Technical Sales Professional; Certified NABCEP Solar Thermal Installer; Participant on NABCEP’s Solar PV Installer Technical Committee; LEED AP BD+C (Building Design and Construction); M.B.A. with a focus in Technology Management, University of Phoenix; B.A. Business Administration, Saint Edwards University; Certificate in Renewable Energy, Austin Community College.

Richard lives with his wife, Leanne, and two children, Piper and Levi, on a ranch just outside of Austin, Texas.

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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.

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James Thomas

Master Electrician/Electrical Instructor James Sprunt Community College Kenansville, North Carolina

James Thomas has been working in the electrical field since 1985 and is licensed in the State of North Carolina. He has worked in residential, commercial, and industrial electrical jobs. James has been an instructor teaching electrical and electronic courses (including the National Electrical Code) full time at James Sprunt Community College in Kenansville, NC for over 16 years and has taught thousands of individuals. He has taught at Pitt Community College in Greenville NC; Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC; and Sampson Community College in Clinton, NC.

James earned a diploma in Electrical Installation and Maintenance; a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Mount Olive College in Mount Olive, NC; and a Master’s degree in Industrial Technology from East Carolina University in Greenville NC. James also served in the Air Force Reserve in Goldsboro NC for over 22 years.

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John Travers

Electrical Inspector and Instructor, Electric Code Class Hialeah, FL http://electriccodeclass.com

John Travers completed the Joint NECA/IBEW Apprenticeship-Training program in 1977, after a tour of duty in the Air Force. He worked at various jobsites in the South Florida and Illinois areas until becom- ing a contractor in 1984. He began his career as an inspector in 1985 serving Hialeah Gardens. In 1988, he added the Town of Medley to his responsibilities, and became a full-time Chief Electrical Inspector for the City of Hialeah in 1990. He served in that position until 2005. He now serves as the Director of Community Development for Hialeah. His responsibilities include managing the Building, Zoning, Code Compliance and Occupational License Divisions of the City of Hialeah. He joined the IAEI in June of 1988 and was the project chairman for the 1996 Annual Meeting in Key West, Florida.

He currently serves as the Treasurer and Director of Codes & Education for the Miami- Dade Division. John oversees an aggressive Continuing Education program for the electrical industry in the South Florida area, where he is a certified Education Sponsor for electrical contractors, inspec- tors, engineers and tradesmen. In 2003, he began teaching nationwide, assisting the I.C.C. with seminars in Denver and Salt Lake City.

John is a family man, who has been married to Barbara for over 35 years, with three children and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include fishing, diving, philately, golf and photography. He is a martial artist in GOJU Karate, where he received his third degree black belt in 2006.

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Laura Vergeront

IBEW Journeyman/State Licensed Electrician/Vocational Instructor Riverside, CA Vergeront@msn.com

After Laura completed the Joint NECA/IBEW Apprenticeship-Training program in 1986, she worked as a journeyman electrician in new construction for 8 years. She was then hired by the California Department of Corrections to head the electrical maintenance department of Chino Men’s Prison, a position she has held for 13 years.

For the last two years she has been instructing inmates fulltime at the California Rehabilitation Center, Norco California in the basic safety and electrical skills needed to acquire a job once they are released.

At night her passion for the last ten years has been in teaching “Bonding and Grounding” to apprentices at the NECA/IBEW Apprenticeship School in her area. Saturdays are filled with OSHA-10 certification classes that she teaches to apprentices and journeyman. Laura has been married to her handsome husband Mike for 29 years. She and Mike share hobbies that include fly-fishing, backpacking and photography.

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Kevin Vogel

Professional Engineer/Instructor, Crescent Electric Supply Coeur d'Alene, ID www.cesco.com and www.trindera.com

Kevin Vogel graduated from Santa Clara University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. A licensed Professional Engineer since 1969, he worked as Chief Engineer for a division of Square D Company that manufactured electric heaters and thermoplastic outlet boxes. He also was employed as an electrician and holds a Master Electrician’s license.

In 1978, Kevin co-founded an electrical wholesale distribution business that was acquired in 1991 by Crescent Electric Supply Company. Kevin continues to work in that part of the industry, and is a certified instructor for National Electrical Code classes in the states of Idaho and Washington. He also serves as a consultant to Trindera Engineering, an electrical engineering firm located in Coeur d’Alene.

Kevin and his beloved wife Linda have been married since 1966, and have been blessed with 13 wonderful children and 20 (so far) grandchildren. Kevin is extremely grateful to God for all of the gifts He has bestowed on him and his loved ones

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Perry D. Vogler
Done Right Electric, Inc. Wildwood, FL donerightelect@aol.com www.solar-dr.com
Perry Vogler is a State certified Master Electrician in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, and Missouri, and is NABCEP solar certified. He and his family moved to Central Florida in 2001 and started Done Right Electric shortly after that. They work on custom residential and small to mid-size commercial jobs, design/build and electrical engineering, and also specialize in solar power and building efficiency. Perry has spent his entire life in the electrical and building trades, learning work in all trades so he can incorporate this with building efficiency. This often gives him the edge he needs to win the job, and expand the work he does for his customers. Perry is happily married and has two boys. He is currently training his oldest to be an electrician and a solar installer. His hobbies are solar and building efficiency as well as playing and coaching fast-pitch softball, playing guitar, and studying electric and solar power.
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Dan Webb

Electrical Supervisor Timber Products Company Medford, Oregon

Dan Webb has been involved in the wood products industry for over 30 years with over 20 years as an electrician. As a teenager Dan started as a maintenance “shop-boy” helping the millwrights with the day-to-day tasks. He spent the next several years as a millwright and then moved in to the electrical side of maintenance. Dan specialized in process control becoming an integrator in advanced PLC, computer based operator interfaces, shift reporting, and other data acquisition or control processes.

Currently Dan is an Electrical Supervisor for Timber Products Company at the Medford complex which consists of a Hardwood Plywood Plant and a Particleboard Plant. He’s also highly involved in the local apprenticeship program as committee chair for the local apprenticeship training council and as an instructor for the related training coordinated by the local community college. Dan is also an Oregon State approved continuing education instructor providing the necessary training required by the Oregon Licensing requirements.

Dan and his lovely wife Cindy enjoy living in the beautiful Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon. He and Cindy are ATV enthusiasts and members of the Oregon Dune Patrol. They also enjoy motorcycling, fishing, and just enjoying the great outdoors. Dan says that he became involved in apprenticeship and continuing education to give back to the process that has enriched his life and helped him grow his “work-life” into a challenging and satisfying career.

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James Wescott

Electrical Contractor Aston, PA

Jim Wescott, after serving for 4 years in Germany (1960 through 1964) with the Signal Corps, returned home and worked in the family business for 2 years as an electrician doing commercial and industrial electrical work. From 1966 to 1978, he worked for four large electrical contractors in Philadelphia learning estimating and project management skills by day and attending school for Business Administration at night. Jim attained his Associates degree in Business Administration in 1974.

In 1978, he formed a partnership with his father and a brother. While they continued doing commercial and industrial work, they decided to turn their greater efforts to the Public Works market, which is their niche today. They currently have about 50 employees and work in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Jim learned estimating at a NECA estimating course in 1967. In 1978, he and his family purchased the first desktop Electrical Estimating program on the market developed by Trade Service, which ran on a Radio Shack Model II desktop computer.

James taught an estimating course for the Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. The first lesson he learned from a trade organization at the age of 15 was that, “your best friends in the construction industry are your competitors.” That experience prompted him to live with the philosophy that the more you help your peers, the better the industry, and the more you educate the competition, the more competitive you become. James has a strong desire to help educate young contractors so they can be legitimate, successful competitors. An ignorant, uneducated competitor is our worst enemy.

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Sean White

PV Professor and Solar Entrepreneur Orinda CA and Manila Philippines www.pvstudent.com

Sean White is an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC/ISPQ) Certified PV Independent Master Trainer, is NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certified, NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certified, a NABCEP PV Entry Level Program Provider, a California Licensed Electrician, a California Licensed Solar Contractor, a professor at Diablo Valley College and PV instructor who has taught thousands of students in the USA, Canada, China, Philippines, Mongolia and Qatar.

Sean excels at making difficult concepts easy to understand. He is a fun and entertaining speaker. Sean is always working on many projects. Whatever time it is, there is always PV system that is producing power that Sean has worked on around the world. The latest solar companies he has co-founded are a residential installation company White House Solar in California and a commercial installation company Solar Philippines in Manila.

Sean has a big commute and spends his time living with his wife in the Philippines, with his awesome mother in California or often at a solar event somewhere in between. He is currently installing a 0.0001 MW (do the math) PV system on his sailboat “Stella” in the San Francisco Bay.

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Chuck Williams

Master Electrician/Instructor North Idaho College Post Falls, Idaho

Chuck Williams resides in Hauser, Idaho with his wife of 33 years. After serving with the U.S. Navy, he worked as a civilian on U.S. Navy aircraft and associated systems for 17 years before relocating to Idaho. He entered the Electrical Apprenticeship program in 1991 at the age of 41. He has worked in Idaho and Washington as a journeyman electrician and electrical administrator, as well as an electrical contractor.

He is in his seventh year as an electrical apprenticeship instructor at the Workforce Training Center, North Idaho College, and also teaches several courses in continuing education for electricians and contractors, including tutoring and electrical exam preparation.

To help fill a shortage of instructors, Chuck began teaching electrical students and instantly fell in love with this aspect of his vocation. He considers the rewards of teaching the most significant experience of his life. “We all contribute to our industry in different ways. Teaching is only one of the many opportunities afforded electricians, as ours is a trade that is constantly evolving and moving forward to utilize new technologies, methods, and equipment. To help others see the opportunities available is a joy and I will never tire of it.”

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David A. Williams
Inspector/Instructor Lansing Community College Delta Township Lansing, Michigan
Dave Williams was born and raised in Lake Station, Indiana. In 1974, he started his electrical apprenticeship. Dave relocated to Lansing, Michigan in 1985, working as an electrician at General Motors. He became an Electrical Inspector for the State of Michigan in 1989. Dave left the State of Michigan to inspect for Delta Township over ten years ago in order to be able to teach and to provide better service as an inspector. He has taught National Electrical Code classes at Lansing Community College since 1994 and has provided Code update classes for various groups including the Lansing JATC. He is a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors and on the Michigan Chapter Board of Directors since 1993. He is currently the Michigan Chapter President and the Western Section Representative. Dave designed and operates the Web site for the Michigan Chapter at http://IAEI-Michigan.org. Dave and his wife Marie have two adopted children Aaron 2 and Christina 4. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, camping, and golfing.
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Ray Winkel
Electrical Technology Department Chair, North Central Kansas Technical College Beloit, Kansas
Ray completed an electronics program at a trade school immediately after high school. He started his career in the consumer electronics industry servicing electronic products. Ray and partner Randy Paxson started their own electrical contracting business. As contractors, their company did all types of wiring: residential, commercial, and industrial. After 10 years in the contracting business, he began teach electricity at North Central Kansas Technical College. Ray is a licensed Professional Engineer and a licensed Master Electrician and is currently department chair in the Electrical Technology Department at North Central Kansas Area Vocational Technical College (NCKAVTC) in Beloit, Kansas. Ray gets a great deal of satisfaction from teaching and seeing students succeed. Ray is currently working on a Masters degree. Ray and his wife Ilene enjoy traveling and restoring antique jukeboxes in their spare time.
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