Master Electrician, Graphic Artist–Mike Holt Enterprises
Mike Culbreath has devoted his career to the electrical industry and worked his way up from apprentice electrician to master electrician. He began by doing residential and light commercial construction, and 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, and then passed the exam to receive his Master Electrician’s license. ln 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.
Mike started with simple hand-drawn diagrams and cut-and-paste graphics. When frustrated by the limitations of that style of illustrating, he took a company computer home to learn how to operate some basic computer graphic software. Realizing 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 skills. He’s worked as an illustrator and editor with the company for over 30 years and, as Mike Holt has proudly acknowledged, has helped to transform his words and visions into lifelike graphics.
0riginally from south Florida, Mike now lives in northern lower Michigan where he enjoys hiking, kayaking, photography, gardening, and cooking; but his real passion is his horses. He also loves spending time with his children Dawn and Mac and his grandchildren Jonah, Kieley, and Scarlet
Mike Holt is an author, businessman, educator, speaker, publisher, and National Electrical Code expert. He has written hundreds of electrical training books and articles, founded three successful businesses, and has taught thousands of electrical Code seminars across the US and internationally. His electrical training courses have set the standard for trade education, enabling electrical professionals across the country to take their careers to the next level.
Mike’s approach to electrical training is based on his own experience as an electrician, contractor, inspector, and teacher. Because of his struggles in his early education, he’s never lost sight of how hard it can be for students who are intimidated by school, by their own feelings towards learning, or by the complexity of the NEC. As a result of that, he’s mastered the art of explaining complicated concepts in a straightforward and direct style. He’s always felt a responsibility to his students and to the electrical industry to provide education beyond the scope of just passing an exam. This commitment, coupled with the lessons he learned at the University of Miami’s MBA program, has helped him build one of the largest electrical training and publishing companies in the United States.
Mike’s one-of-a-kind presentation style and his ability to simplify and clarify technical concepts explain his unique position as one of the premier educators and Code experts in the country. In addition to the materials he’s produced, and the extensive list of companies around the world for whom he’s provided training, Mike has written articles that have been seen in numerous industry magazines including, Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M), CEE News, Electrical Design and Installation (EDI), Electrical Contractor (EC), International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI News), The Electrical Distributor (TED), Power Quality (PQ) magazine, and Solar Pro magazine.
Mike’s ultimate goal has always been to increase electrical safety and improve lives and for his students, he is always looking for the best ways to learn and teach the Code and pass electrical exams. His passion for the electrical field continues to grow and today he is more committed than ever to serve this industry.
His commitment to pushing boundaries and setting high standards extends into his personal life. Mike’s an eight-time Overall National Barefoot Waterski Champion with more than 20 gold medals, many national records, and he has competed in three World Barefoot Tournaments. In 2015, at the tender age of 64, he started a new adventure—competitive mountain bike racing. Every day he continues to find ways to motivate himself, both mentally and physically.
Mike and his wife, Linda, reside in New Mexico and Florida and are the parents of seven children and six grandchildren. As his life has changed over the years, a few things have remained constant: his commitment to God, his love for his family, and doing what he can to change the lives of others through his products and seminars.
Owner Premier Power, Inc. Groveland, FL email@example.com www.PremierPowerInc.com
Michael Holt, Jr. is the son of Mike Holt, and has been exposed to the electrical trade his whole life. He is a Florida State Certified Electrical Contractor, and has owned his own electrical service and repair business in Central Florida since 2008. Michael’s company does wiring, trouble-shooting, and reconfiguring for low voltage systems as well as building premise wiring for both residential and commercial. It’s a business that prides itself on providing safe and qual¬ity professional services. In fact, customer service and loyalty are the cornerstones of his business model that helped him build his reputation and can be attributed for much of his success.
Michael has embarked on a journey through life to not only improve his personal life, but also to affect the lives of others by way of men¬torship to young professionals of the world. His hobbies include 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 is very active in his community. Michael has a daughter, Haylee, whom he absolutely adores.
Master Electrician, Instructor, VP of Digital and Technical Training, Mike Holt Enterprises
Brian House is Vice President of Digital and Technical Training at Mike Holt Enterprises, and a Certified Mike Holt Instructor. He began teaching seminars in 2000 after joining the elite group of instructors who attended Mike Holt’s Train the Trainer boot camp. Brian was personally selected for development by Mike Holt after being named as one of the top presenters in that class. He now travels around the country to teach Mike Holt seminars to groups that include electricians, instructors, the military, and engineers. His first-hand experience as an electrical contractor, along with Mike Holt’s instructor training, gave him a teaching style that is practical, straightforward, and refreshing.
Brian is high-energy, with a passion for doing business the right way. He expresses his commitment to the industry and his love for its people whether he’s teaching, working on books, or developing instructional programs. Brian also leads the Mike Holt Enterprises apprenticeship and digital products teams. They’re creating cutting-edge training tools and partnering with apprenticeship programs nation-wide to help them take their curriculum to the next level.
Brian and his wife Carissa have shared the joy of their four children and many foster children during 22 years of marriage. When not mentoring youth at work or church, he can be found racing mountain bikes with his kids or fly fishing on Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway. He’s passionate about helping others and regularly engages with the youth of his community to motivate them into exploring their future.
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.
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.
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.
Master Electrician, Electrical Engineer, Instructor
Eric Stromberg has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and is a professional engineer. He started in the electrical industry when he was a teenager helping the neighborhood electrician. After high school, and a year of college, Eric worked for a couple of different audio companies, installing sound systems in a variety of locations from small buildings to baseball stadiums. After returning to college he worked as a journeyman wireman for an electrical contractor.
After graduating from the University of Houston, Eric took a job as an electronic technician and installed and serviced life safety systems in high-rise buildings. After seven years he went to work for Dow Chemical as a power distribution engineer. His work with audio systems had made him very sensitive to grounding issues and he took this experience with him into power distribution. Because of this expertise, Eric became one of Dow’s grounding subject matter experts. This is also how Eric met Mike Holt, as Mike was looking for grounding experts for his 2002 Grounding vs. Bonding video.
Eric taught the National Electrical Code for professional engineering exam preparation for over 20 years and has held continuing education teacher certificates for the states of Texas and New Mexico. He was on the electrical licensing and advisory board for the State of Texas, as well as on their electrician licensing exam board. Eric now works for a Department of Energy research laboratory in New Mexico, where he’s responsible for the electrical standards as well as being a part of the laboratory’s AHJ.
Eric’s oldest daughter lives with her husband in Zurich, Switzerland, where she teaches for an international school. His son served in the Air Force, has a degree in Aviation logistics, and is a pilot and owner of an aerial photography business. His youngest daughter is a singer/songwriter in Los Angeles.