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 press 2
Cell: (503) 686-8989
Eva Sizelove, Apprenticeship Director,
Area I Limited Energy
Phone: (503) 598-7789 press 3
Cell: (971) 412-0312
Jeff Hooper, Education Director
Independent Electrical Training Center
Cell: (541) 301-0358
Tina Sloan, Education Assistant
Independent Electrical Training Center
Cell: (971) 375-7758
Kari Cherpin, Membership Director
Independent Electrical Contractors of Oregon
Cell: (971) 330-0246
Gina Cumming, Events and Member
Cell: (503) 803-6623
Kayleen Williams, Apprenticeship Director,
Area II Inside Electrical
Phone: (503) 598-7789 press 4
Cell: (503) 899-2406
Kristan Lewis, Administrative and
Phone: (503) 598-7789 press 6
Brenna Strassburg, Fiscal and HR/Administrative Specialist
Independent Electrical Contractors Office
Cell: (503) 896-8701
Nicole Book, Administrative and
Meet Our Board of Directors for 2022-2023
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 and awards program which takes place each year in early May.
Aaron Van Fleet – Triton Communications
Liam O’Brien – Current Electric Construction Company
Jeneé Pearce-Mushen – Pacific Alarm Systems
Shirlee McArthur – West Coast Business Communications
Immediate Past President
Kent Zimmerman – Access Electric LLC
Jeb Albin, Cook Security Group, Inc.
Gary Boom, Parkin Electric, Inc.
Jon Coulimore, JC Electric
Don Kellum, Safety Electric, Inc.
Corey Richards, Steele Electric
Kyle Ruthardt, Bull Run Electric, Inc.
Steve Shepherd, Bear Electric
Shawn Miller, Miller Public Affairs
Adam-Ross Branch, KPD Insurance
IEC Regional Director
Matt Parkin, Access Electric LLC
Carl Redman, Bear Electric
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 OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
IEC of Oregon is proud to support the annual Platt Golf Challenge which will benefit the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. This best ball scramble golf tournament raises money to support dedicated research programs designed to turn discoveries into cancer treatments. KCI’s doctors and scientists are pioneers in targeted therapy and early detection. Platt Electrical Supply is a value-added service company supplying a broad range of products and services throughout the west from a network of over 136 service locations.
The IEC Foundation
For over 25 years the Independent Electrical Contractors Foundation has provided grant funding and state-of-the-art equipment to IEC training centers across the country. The 501c(3) charitable organization supports education and training initiatives that prepare students for successful careers in the electrical systems contracting industry.
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. Click HERE to learn more about IECF.
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 of 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, 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 700 apprentices. IEC has added a variety of programs including continuing education and professional development classes, free unlimited HR access, an employment application service, and several new events to bring our members together.
The future for IEC Oregon is very bright.