Boyd Bindrup launched his electrical career at age 12 by working for his father’s company during the summers and earning $0.75 per hr. He began his electrical apprenticeship in Ogden Weber Technical College but left to attend Salt Lake Community College for his last two years of training. After finishing school, he obtained his Journeyman license and, 2 years later, his Master Electrician license.
Boyd is an Electrical Contractor license holder for Creative Times Inc. (CTI Electric) which does commercial and military electrical work. He has been an Instructor at Ogden Weber Tech College since 1994, having taught over 1400 classes and trained thousands of electricians. He’s a Utah, Idaho and Colorado Master Electrician, and his credentials include LEED AP BD+C, Lightning Protection Master Installer/Designer #1447, Vindicator Certified Security Installer, Cathodic Protection Installer CP1 NACE 56675, Fiber Optics Installer #FOIUT216, and SKM Arc Flash Power Tools trained.
Boyd is devoted to learning and passing on the knowledge to current and future electrical professionals. He is passionate about the direction of the profession and is active politically in the industry.
Boyd and his wife Rebecca reside in Ogden Canyon and are parents to six children. His hobbies include CrossFit and Xterra triathlon.
Master Electrician, Electrical Education Specialist
Mark Cook has been in the electrical trade since 1978. He completed his apprenticeship in South Florida through Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and earned his journeyman certification in 1987 with the help of Mike Holt’s Exam Preparation material. Mark spent time in the industry working in both high-voltage and low-voltage commercial and industrial businesses. He owned his own business after earning his Master’s license in 1994. He currently holds a Master’s license in Wisconsin and a Journeyman’s license for the state of Washington.
Mark was an adjunct instructor for Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) of AZ while teaching for the Electric League of Arizona. He currently writes monthly Code articles for a trade publication circulated in Arizona. He continues to teach CEU training throughout the Midwest.
Mark joined Faith Technologies in 2015 as a Technical Training Consultant. The company is a leading electrical, engineering, and technology systems contractor that currently employs more than 800 apprentices nationwide and maintains training centers in Appleton, WI; Tulsa, OK; Kansas City, MO; and Atlanta GA.
Master Electrician, Electrical Inspector & Plans Examiner, Siemens Business Development Manager, Technical Committee Member NFPA 73, 99, and 1078
Vince Della Croce began his career in IBEW Local Union #3, New York City, as a helper and progressed to journeyman and foreman electrician before relocating to Florida. He’s licensed by the State of Florida as a master electrician, electrical inspector and plans examiner.
He holds an Associate of Science degree in Electronic Engineering and Electrical Maintenance Technology from Penn Foster College and represents Siemens in the role of Business Development Manager with a focus on supporting electrical inspectors throughout the country.
Vince serves the IAEI Florida Chapter as Education Chairman and IAEI Southern Section as Assistant Secretary Treasurer. He was an alternate member of Code Making Panels 7 and 12 for the 2017 NEC and is a principal technical committee member of NFPA 73, 78, 99 and 1078. He’s also seated on a New York City electrical code revision technical committee which is tasked with moving the city from the 2008 to the 2014 Code.
Vince has two sons. The oldest is serving the community as a police detective and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration. The youngest is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.
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.
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.
Master Electrician, Electrical Inspector, Plan Examiner, Instructor
Mario Valdes Jr. is an electrical inspector and plan examiner for an engineering firm that does private provider and municipal support services. He started his career at 16 years old with his father, who owns an electrical contracting company and worked himself up to a master electrician. Once he received his Florida state contractor’s license, he ran his father’s company as a project manager and estimator. Mario’s passion for the National Electrical Code led him to obtain his inspector and plan review certifications to embark on a new journey as an electrical professional in the Code-compliance industry.
Mario is a goal setter and plans to become a certified instructor within a year. He’s worked in very complex projects such as hospitals, casinos, hotels, and multi-family high-rise buildings bringing him diverse experience in the electrical field. He is a member of the IAEI, NFPA, & ICC and believes that by staying active in these organizations he’ll be ahead of the game, with cutting-edge knowledge pertaining to safety codes. He enjoys participating in meetings and giving his input on certain topics.
When not immersed in the electrical world he enjoys fitness training because a healthy mind requires a healthy body.
Mario resides in Miami, Florida with his beautiful family which includes his wife and 2-year-old son, and they enjoy family getaways to Disney World and other amusement parks.