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This interview series, presented by ELECTRI International, introduces listeners to some of the most successful contractors and electrical industry leaders in the United States.
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Joey Shorter

Joey Shorter

2024-04-0549:17

Joey Shorter has extensive experience as a leader for the electrical construction industry. His relationship with NECA, ELECTRI International and the Atlanta EC Association is rich with his personal involvement. Dr Shorter approaches every encounter as an opportunity to help someone do better professionally and personally. His thoughtful leadership brings people together by approaching every decision and taking every action based upon integrity, honesty, and truthfulness.
Mike Carroll, Graybar

Mike Carroll, Graybar

2023-11-0328:24

Mike Carroll, Graybar’s Director of Business Development, is a strong advocate for the electrical construction industry. He recognizes that the two most important actions contributing to his success, and the success of his customers, is communications and being engaged every step of the way.
Mike Curran, CEO of Redtop Electric pays a lot of attention to “powering what’s next”. To make sure the company has the best possible workforce in place both in the field and in the office, Mike and his co-leaders focus on attitude and trust. Learn more about Redtop’s approach to finding a better way every day.
Luke Kuhl, NECA

Luke Kuhl, NECA

2023-09-2624:57

Luke Kuhl understands that his goal as executive of NECA’s Saint Paul Chapter is to make people’s lives and businesses better. Luke’s game-plan is to always be curious, be relentless, and pay attention to delivering the outcome that his EC members will value and use at every turn.
Steve Gaines, NECA

Steve Gaines, NECA

2023-08-1528:40

Line contractors face very different issues. Steve Gaines, Jr. has led NECA’s Southeastern Line Constructors Chapter for 25 years. In this conversation, he shares some valuable information about the needs of line constructors, their relationship with all the other NECA chapters, and the importance he places on listening carefully before making decisions.
Josh Bone, NECA

Josh Bone, NECA

2023-06-2925:52

An important mandate for ELECTRI International is to keep up with the mega trends that will have a major impact on the EC industry. As ELECTRI’s Executive Director, Josh Bone understands the sense of urgency that goes along with his leadership. He appreciates that the ELECTRI team always has to focus on the programs and projects that will be most valuable for the success of the industry.
Mike Emery is excited about his work in an emerging sector of the electrical industry. As Director of EV Charging for Light Efficient Design, he focuses on achieving top performance at every level of the innovation process.
BESCO VP, Craig Wojciechowski, knows the importance of challenging the norm. He is a strong believer in communication, collaboration, and planning as the best way to lead his workforce.
Joe Gesino, Atkore

Joe Gesino, Atkore

2023-05-1116:41

With both customers and his sales team, Joe Gesino pays special attention to doing things the right way. As VP for Technical Sales at Atkore, Joe understands that leadership has to be a combination of people, strategy, and process. In selecting the best members for his sales team, Joe looks for those with diversity of thought. That’s just one of the keys to his success as a leader.
In selecting his workforce, Toby Mitchell knows that understanding and applying technology is far more important than the person’s number of years in the industry. He leads Classic Electric & Consulting with a compassionate approach to both staff and customers. Toby knows that success comes from building the brand into an exciting company where people grow and excel.
Being willing to challenge and then taking time to listen to the other person’s perspective are two of the guiding principles that have helped Justin Kohlman (Schaeffer Electric, St. Louis) become the leader he is today. He regards spending time with his workforce – at every level – to be the most important element in achieving team success. ELECTRI congratulates Justin on his new appointment as President of Schaeffer Electric.
Orvil Anthony, Jr. knows that leading Fisk Electric is not a one-man accomplishment. He is very clear that keeping the firm successful takes a village. He also acknowledges that continued growth means you must never stop setting goals – for the company and for yourself.
To run her company successfully, CEO Christeen Speelman-Parsons knows it takes an extra effort to get out of her comfort zone to make it all happen. She’s very clear that it’s essential “not to listen to the noise” in making decisions and following her vision for Speelman Electric.
Tim Speno, e2e Summit

Tim Speno, e2e Summit

2023-03-0929:40

Tim Speno, President and CEO of the e2e Summit is well-known as the “connection specialist”. His approach to leadership and ways to improve what a company can accomplish are both thoughtful and inspiring. His best advice might just be that relationships and networking are the way a company can achieve and maintain its competitive edge.
Eric Nixon leads Maron Electric – a family business serving the Chicago area for close to 100 years. He is committed to the importance of education and community. He also understands the value of bringing smart people on board to strengthen the team as a whole.
Kirk Davis, NECA

Kirk Davis, NECA

2022-12-3032:18

Kirk Davis has a long, strong history as an EC industry leader. He focuses on being a good listener, respecting the opinions of those around him, and then working hard as a facilitator to help advance the industry and meet member needs. He views construction as “building a community, not just a structure”.
Todd Mikec focuses his Lighthouse Electric team on doing things “safe, right, fast” and he firmly believes that it all starts with education. Todd explains how good leadership comes from having confidence, listening carefully, and always being passionate about the EC industry.
Randy Maddox, President of Maddox Electric, sees leadership as a lifestyle, not a technique. He describes the company’s commitment to its workforce as central to the firm’s success and explains how doing the right thing – popular or not – is always the right thing.
Scott Bringmann relies upon advice he received early in his career – “Your word and your reputation are key.” Scott has led Alcan Electric and Engineering, based in Alaska, and has now prepared the next generation of leaders to continue the firm’s 50+ years of service. He describes how educating the company’s employees is an integral part of leadership. He acknowledges that not everything always goes perfectly, and focuses on how keeping one’s word is an essential part of leading by example.
Learn how our colleagues in Ontario Canada approach electrical construction. Graeme Aitken, Executive Director of the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario, explains leadership as the opportunity to serve as a gatekeeper – bringing technology and workforce issues to the attention of EC contractors throughout the Province. His best advice – ”Don’t forget where you cane from.” He works hard to make sure the Ontario EC industry welcomes all and continues to grow because it fosters ...
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