The Voice of the Industry
Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) of Oregon is the sole voice of the merit shop electrical professional and a trusted resource for both inside electrical and limited energy contractors. We help electrical contractors master their craft by offering innovative education and training and support their careers and businesses through services and advocacy at the state and local government levels.
About IEC of Oregon
The Independent Electrical Contractors of Oregon exist to strengthen the competitive environment for the state’s independent electrical contractors. We do it by:
Developing a creative, professional workforce
Our apprentice programs turn out competent, intelligent and effective journeyman year after year. We train and support them throughout their career by offering the continuing education and professional development classes needed to remain licensed and competitive.
Advocating within local and state government
We work hard to make sure the laws and regulations put into effect on a state and local level are informed by the voices of the very people they will affect: you and your business.
Promoting safe, ethical, and profitable business practices
Safety training, leadership classes and business seminars provide the most up to date information on the current industry trends and regulations. From worker’s compensation to new OSHA laws, we are your source to keep you informed.
Providing industry leadership
We represent the merit shop’s interest in the development of the National Electrical Code, National Electrical Safety Code, NEMA, UL, and NECA. We’re at the committee meetings with OSHA, MSHA, and other federal agencies regulating workplace safety, advocating for the industry and your business.
We strive to live up to the core values set by our founders and leaders over the last 40 years.
• Practice safety first
• Conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism
• Embody the “merit shop” philosophy
• Commit to lifelong learning and mastery
• Promote an educated workforce
• Think creatively and embrace technological innovation
• Identify new ways to add value for customers
• Operate efficiently, sustainably, and profitably
• Contribute to their industry and community
Cindy Regier, Executive Director
Phone: (503) 598-7789
Eva Sizelove, Apprenticeship Director, Area I Limited Energy
Phone: (503) 598-7789 press 3
Jeff Hooper, Education Director
Independent Electrical Training Center
Cell: (541) 301-0358
Kristan Lewis, Administrative and Apprenticeship Assistant
Phone: (503) 598-7789 press 6
Meet Our Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is the primary governing body of the Independent Electrical Contractors of Oregon. The Board consists of both Contractor Members and up to two Industry Partners called Associate Directors. They are elected by the general membership of the association for a two-year term, during the annual dinner meeting which takes place each year in late June.
Kent Zimmerman – Access Electric LLC
Sherri Poole – All Pro Electric, Inc.
Jeneé Pearce-Mushen – Pacific Alarm Systems
Maureen Parkin – Parkin Electric, Inc.
Immediate Past President
Liam O’Brien, Current Electrical Construction Company
Jeb Albin, Cook Security Group, Inc.
Don Kellum, Safety Electric, Inc.
Shirlee McArthur, West Coast Business Communications
Matt Parkin, EWorks Electric
Carl Redman, Bear Electric
Kyle Ruthardt, Bull Run Electric, Inc.
Dan Steele, Steele Electric, Inc.
Aaron Van Fleet, Triton Communications LLC
Shawn Miller, Miller Public Affairs
Adam-Ross Branch, KPD Insurance
Information on the dates and times of the Board Meetings to be found in the calendar under Membership.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
– Winston Churchill
The Platt Golf Challenge: A Benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
IEC of Oregon is proud to support the annual Platt Golf Challenge which has benefited the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since 1989. This best ball scramble golf tournament raises money to support the fight against cystic fibrosis, a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe. Platt Electrical Supply serves customers throughout the west from a network of over 135 service locations.
The IEC Foundation
The IEC Foundation’s mission is to fund, promote and support educational opportunities in the electrical and communications industry. As a responsible partner and stakeholder, the IEC Foundation is dedicated to improving the electrical profession and the quality of life in our communities.
Through IEC funding, new apprentices are given the opportunity to train and learn using the latest, high-quality equipment available. IEC Foundation works to help individuals succeed:
- Young people seeing an in-demand career
- Veterans returning to civilian life
- Women in non-traditional jobs
- The unemployed or underemployed
- The disabled unable to secure employment in other areas
- The disadvantaged for whom higher education may not be an option
RALI of Oregon
Studies show the construction trades are used to physically demanding and often dangerous work and because of that are more likely than others to misuse opioid prescriptions and cocaine.
IEC of Oregon joined a new coalition of associations that support RALI Oregon. RALI stands for Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative and brings together local, state and national organizations working to address substance misuse and the opioid epidemic. RALI represents communities across our state that have been impacted by this crisis including employers, veterans, children, rural Oregonians, health care providers, law enforcement and others.
We must come together and end this cycle. Click HERE to to find out more about RALI including how to safely store and dispose of unused medication and find local resources that can help those struggling with addiction or recovery near you.
IEC Oregon History
In 1978, the Independent Electrical Contractors of Oregon officially formed. A group of several contractors saw a need for a collective voice for open-shop electrical contractors and a means to train the industry’s future workers. Founding members included John Beck, Burch Judson, William Engelman, R.G. Adams, Virgil Viner and Louis Allen. Their first objective was to ‘find a solution to the apprenticeship training and licensing situation which has plagued the non-union shops for many years’. It was a battle in the early days as they struggled to create an apprenticeship program for the industry, but they finally prevailed. Along the way, they accomplished the following:
- Founded JATC’s across the state and fought to establish state sanctioned open shop apprenticeship training programs
- Scrutinized all legislative bills affecting the electrical industry and pushed to have a say at the state level
- Created financial stewardship
- Established positive relationships with state agencies
From there IEC of Oregon grew, adding members and apprentices across the state. In 1990, the Board of Directors added staff to run the growing organization and hired its first executive director. They also brought the organization a variety of new member benefits including discounted health insurance programs, workers compensation insurance, and property and casualty insurance.
Over the years, IEC of Oregon also:
- Worked on changing ratios for apprenticeship training programs, and improving construction lien laws to support contractors getting paid promptly and Expanded the minor label program
- Promoted the advantages of the merit shop philosophy
- Helped in the development of state exam requirements
- Gained approval for an Area I Limited Energy program
- Opened an Independent Electrical Training Center in Salem
The association currently oversees the Inside Electrical and Limited Energy Apprenticeship training programs serving over 400 apprentices. IEC has added a variety of new programs including continuing education and professional development classes, safety and business management training, employment application service and several new events to bring our members together.
The future for IEC Oregon is very bright.