Electrical Contractors
Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter

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          2014 Award Recipients – Robert Yost, Sr. and William L. Riley

The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) of Fort Worth/Tarrant County has named Robert Yost, Sr. and William L. Riley as 2014 Honorary Life Member recipients. The award was presented at IEC’s annual meeting on March 13, 2014 at Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Yost and Mr. Riley are only the seventeenth and eighteenth individuals bestowed the prestigious award since 1987.

The honorary life member award recognizes an individual retired from the electrical industry that has provided outstanding contributions to the industry and to IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter. The association board of directors nominates and selects the deserving recipient. Chapter president, Wes Shahan, Fox Electric presented the two awards.

Robert (Bobby) Yost, Sr., entered the electrical business in 1958 working for Warriner Electric and moved on to work at Bell Helicopter. In 1965 he and his wife, Charla, bought J & M Electrical Services and joined IEC. Bobby taught classes at the IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter apprenticeship school. His son, Robby, and granddaughter, Debra, both attended the school.


He continued his career with CB Electrical services traveling the United States designing electrical service on large horse ranches. Bobby and Charla retired in 2010 and spend 6-8 months on their retirement property in northern New Mexico.

The second Honorary Life Membership as presented in memoriam to William L. (Bill) Riley. Bill Riley began his electrical education and career in Orange, TX in 1945 working for a U. S. government ship building facility. When the war ended he moved to Chicago working for General Electric for four years. He also worked for Active Neon Electric Sign Company installing signs over the entire south side of Chicago.


Bill, his wife and son eventually moved back to Fort Worth where Bill began working for General Dynamics. Shortly after returning, he also began Riley Electric Company out of his garage and grew the business to include twenty employees. Several additional businesses grew from his start up business.

Devoted to encouraging students to improve electrical skills, he sponsored numerous students through the IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter apprenticeship school. He served as chapter president in 1972 and 1973 and worked closely with the chapter to develop a health insurance program for apprentices. Sadly, Bill passed away last year. His son, Steve Riley, represented the Riley family and accepted his father’s honor.

Established in 1957, IEC is a trade association representing independent electrical and systems contractors. The Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter represents more than 120 companies in Tarrant and surrounding counties. In addition, the chapter provides a four year electrical apprenticeship program.

For more information about this press release or IEC, contact Marcie Funchess, Executive Director, at  or check the website at

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