IEC of Utah Hosts Apprenticeship Graduation
Keynote speaker David Stanley tells
24 apprentices that 'hard work' will be the key to their
The Independent Electrical Contractors
(IEC) of Utah held its second annual apprenticeship
graduation May 19 at Wheeler Farm in Murray, Utah. The event
was attended by more than 120 individuals, including 24 graduating
apprentices, their parents, and IEC officers and members.
Keynote speaker David Stanley, associate director for construction
services for the Utah State Division of Occupational and Professional
Licensing, talked about the current positive economic state
of the construction industry and encouraged graduates to work
hard in pursuing their career goals.
"If you want to be successful, start with the bottom
line of work," said Stanley. "The principle of work
has been taught from the foundation of the world. When you
commit to work for someone, work for them. Your integrity
to that commitment will follow you throughout life."
The graduating class includes: Humberto Bardales, Jereme
Barnes, Brett Bowles, James Burningham, Phil Capell, Adam
Carter, Cody Cook, Adam Cravens, Sean Crowther, Colby Davis,
Brandon Finlayson, Isaac Gonzales, Joshua Hardman, Samuel
Hendon, Alan Hone, Shane Johnson, Jesse Kass, Rick Kocherhans,
Terence Louder, Lance Murdoch, Luke Peterson, William Richardson,
David VanCott, Jim Winder.
IEC executive director Renee McDonough said the graduates
should be proud of their accomplishments and their effort
and determination to graduate.
"It's a strong commitment," McDonough said, of
the four-year program, adding that the apprentices work full-time
during the day and then attend night school. "The apprenticeship
program keeps (students) up to speed on electrical equipment
and other changes in the industry. Everything is going so
high-tech that going to school helps them actually learn about
new technology that they might not learn about while on the
Each apprentice in attendance received a certificate and
an appreciation 'goodie bag' donated by various sponsors.
Other speakers included IEC vice president Larry Clubb and
state electrical board chair Brad Stevens.
Stanley's Becknell Appointed to ACEC's
National Transportation Committee
Larry Becknell, vice president and senior transportation engineer
for Stanley Consultants, Salt Lake City, has been appointed
to the National Transportation Committee of the American Council
of Engineering Companies (ACEC).
The nation's largest engineering organization, ACEC represents
more than 5,500 firms throughout the country. ACEC's transportation
committee monitors national transportation policies, issues
and regulations. As a member of the committee, Becknell will
assist in developing strategies and policies regarding national
transportation issues while presenting ACEC's positions to
our national congressional leaders.
"One of the main objectives of anybody on this committee
is to help encourage and give information to our congressmen
that helps pass transportation bills," said Becknell,
who noted that President George W. Bush signed the most recent
transportation bill, ISTEA-LU, back in January, which will
span the next five years.
Becknell said locally, the most important transportation
need right now is getting Legacy Highway completed.
"If I-15 is shut down in Davis County, there is no way
from Salt Lake County to Davis County," he said.
He also said the Mountain View Corridor is another key future
transportation project, but added that alternative funding
for that project might be the only way it gets off the ground.
Becknell has been a member of ACEC since 1996. He is past
president of ACEC's Utah state chapter and a past National
Director. He is also a past president of the American Public
Works Association (APWA), past president of the Institute
of Transportation Engineers (ITE) for the state of Utah, and
past president of the Intermountain Section of ITE.
Brewin Tabbed as NRMCA President
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, at its annual
convention in May in San Antonio, elected Peter Brewin as
chairman of its Board of Directors. Brewin succeeded Hale
Ritchie, Lafarge North America, who completed his one-year
term at the conclusion of the convention.
Brewin is president of Trinity Industries' Concrete &
Aggregates Group, Dallas. Formally of Cemex's California Ready
Mix and Aggregate division, Brewin has served as the California
state director of RMC 2000, as a member of NRMCA's National
Promotion Committee and the Pacific Southwest Regional Promotional
Committee. He has also been published in numerous trade publications
and has been a featured speaker at industry forums on the
local, regional and national levels. Brewin graduated with
honors from Boston College and holds an MBA from St. Mary's
College of California.
NRMCA, based in Silver Spring, Maryland, represents the producers
of ready mixed concrete and the companies that provide materials,
equipment and support to the industry. Founded in 1930, the
association provides its members with education, training,
promotion, research, engineering, safety, environmental, technological,
lobbying and regulatory programs to enhance the success of
the ready mixed concrete industry.
AEM Representatives Named to U.S. Trade
Darrin Drollinger and Nick Yaksich of the Association of
Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) have been named to serve on
federal-level Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITACs),
which are public-private partnerships designed to ensure industry
input into U.S. trade policy negotiations.
The ITACS were established under the Trade Act of 1974 and
are jointly administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce
and the United States Trade Representative (USTR).
Drollinger is AEM's vice president for Technical and Safety
Services and serves on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee
on Standards and Technical Trade Barriers (ITAC 16). Yaksich
is the association's vice president for Global Public Policy
and serves on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Automotive
Equipment and Capital Goods (ITAC 2).
AEM has a long history of participation on U.S. trade committees,
in recognition of the importance of the off-road equipment
manufacturing industry to the U.S. and world economies, and
the association's role as a global industry leader. Association
members manufacture construction, agricultural, forestry,
mining and utility-related equipment, products and services.