The inaugural fleX Class of 2017 have become graduates after 9 months of study. During this time these individuals learned all aspects of business, leadership skills, and project management techniques while working in real life situations. They encountered real life scenario’s set up to help them understand and learn firsthand about how to work and negotiate with a variety of people.
These graduates included Nick Hoffman, Dillan Malloy, Brice Sayler and Tyler Walsh. The graduation included the instructors from the year and the graduate’s families.
The fleX Program started on September 8th and ended on May 18th, 2017, and Graduation Day ended with a celebratory dinner and award ceremony. Congratulations to the graduates of 2017.
The 2016 NECA Convention and Tradeshow was held last week in Boston, MA. NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) or the voice of the electrical industry, is an organization that Thompson Electric has been an active member of for several decades.
Each year NECA has a convention and tradeshow where electrical vendors have the opportunity to introduce and demonstrate new technology and products. It’s a great opportunity for electrical contractor, such as Thompson Electric, to have discussions with vendors and suppliers on these new products and to also establish new relationships with different suppliers.
This year Skip Perley and Barney Pottebaum attended the convention and tradeshow. During the show there are many learning opportunities and guest speaker sessions to attend. Skip and Barney both attended many sessions that focused on customer services and the changing needs of customers and how today’s technology has an impact on their business. Another session that was informative was the leadership skills and how to develop and implement this training, these were just a couple of the many meetings they attended.
After the convention is over, we have discussions on what was learned from the convention and how to implement the best practices learned into everyday business.
At this year’s Innovate – Electrical and Technology Expo in Sioux City, we had a drawing for those who pre-registered for the event. The give-away prize was an Apple iPad Mini donated by TEC Corp.
The winner of the iPad Mini was Mark Pottebaum from Orange City Area Health Systems in Orange City, IA.
Congratulations to Mark…
Last week Barney Pottebaum – VP Sioux City, Brian Spader – VP Sioux Falls, Kevin Lytle – VP Omaha and Skip Perley – CEO all attended the NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) Convention in San Francisco.
This is the 61st year for the NECA Convention and it provides attendees an opportunity to visit nearly 300 exhibitors, showing the new trends and equipment in the electrical industry. The NECA Convention also offers workshops on a variety of topics, such as LED lighting, best practices in construction, arc flash regulations, future of power tools and many more interesting topics.
This is also a great opportunity to meet with your peers from other electrical firms across the country and share ideas and business opportunities. It’s always interesting to talk with other electrical contractors to see how Thompson Electric compares to other firms. What we learn from those discussions is, Thompson Electric is a leader in the industry when it comes to technology in the workplace, as well as, being a leader in the prefabrication of materials for the job-site.
The importance of attending the NECA Convention is paramount to staying on the leading edge in the electrical industry. Thompson Electric is looked upon as a leader in the industry and it takes visionary leadership and a dedicated family of employees to stay that way.
Yesterday, TEC Corp, Thompson Electric and Electric Innovations in Sioux City had a very special guest, Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa. The Governor stopped by to visit with CEO, Skip Perley and to also tour our office. While here, he also took time to meet some of the TEC Corp, Thompson Electric and Electric Innovations employees.
Trivial pursuit question – Who is Iowa’s and the United States longest serving Governor? Governor Branstad is Iowa’s longest serving Governor and will become the longest serving Governor in US history, in 2016. At the end of his sixth term as Governor, Governor Branstad will have served Iowa for over 24 years.
Whether you follow politics or not, it always exciting to meet a sitting Governor. It’s easy to become intimidated by their presence, but after you meet him, you realize he’s just like you and me.
Normally we don’t blog about some one’s birthday, but today I’m making an exception. Last week was Skip’s 60th birthday. Kevin “Skip” Perley, in case you didn’t know Skip wasn’t his given name, has been President or CEO of TEC Corp, Thompson Electric and Electric Innovations for close to 20 years.
A surprise party was held last Monday with co-workers, family and close friends taking part. The surprise, was truly a surprise for Skip. Somehow we managed to keep the party a secret from Skip and on Monday he was brought to The Thompson Room, and given a grand ovation. Usually Skip is not at a loss for words, but the surprise left him speechless. It didn’t take long for Skip to regain his composure and he did get up and speak a few words, not only once but twice.
It was a very good day, and I was truly honored and privileged to be able to help celebrate a milestone birthday for our leader and friend, Skip, and we wish him many more birthdays to come.
The Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon that’s spreading ALS Awareness across the country has come to Thompson Electric. Last week, Kevin Lytle, VP of the Omaha office, after being challenged to do the Ice Bucket Challenge himself, issued an Ice Bucket Challenge to Skip Perley (Pres.) of Thompson Electric.
So, Skip sent an email out seeking volunteers to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge with him on Friday afternoon. He had 4 suckers, (volunteers) to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge with him. Vicki, Erin, Barney, Kent agreed to take the Ice Bucket Challenge with Skip, all for a good cause in supporting the ALS Association.
I have heard a lot of our employees and followers have taken the Ice Bucket Challenge, but we challenge the ones who have not, to take the Ice Bucket Challenge and make a donation to the ALS Association. Donations can be made online at http://www.alsa.org/ . This is a tremendous opportunity to help fund the research and find a cure for this dreadful disease. As of August 25th, over $79 million dollars have been raised by the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Don’t be a bystander, just do it…It’s for a great cause.
Click on the link and watch the Thompson Electric Ice Bucket Challenge.