Congratulations to the 2014-2015
(Alphabetically): Phillip Berry,
Anthony Duarte, Robert Grady, II,
Alejandro Guzman, Chad Kennemer, Maksim
Kindziakou, Luis Lagunas, Cordell Lee,
PJ Martinez, III, Patrick Maurer,
Rodrick Morris, Teresa Nelson, Thomas
Perez, Courtney Perkins, Jose Romero,
Victor Sandoval, Johnny Schniebs, Sharon
Sherrill, Curtis Summers, Elio Tejada,
Michael Vattaso, Benjamin Williamson.
Worth/Tarrant County Chapter celebrated
the accomplishments of 22 electrical
apprenticeship graduates, top
apprentices and other honorees. This
year’s graduation ceremony was hosted at
the Bob Duncan Community Center in
Arlington, TX on Thursday, June 11th
with more than 200
friends, distinguished guests, company
representatives, sponsors, and staff to
honor IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County’s
Class of 2015. “We look forward to this
event every year, because it is a proud
moment for everyone involved,”
proclaimed James Neyman, IEC Fort
Worth/Tarrant County Apprenticeship &
Training Committee Chair and Vice
President of Austin Electric Company in
Fort Worth, TX.
Marcie Funchess, CAE, executive director of the chapter, welcomed
all the graduates and guests attending
this highly anticipated annual
Graduation event. James Neyman then took
the stage as the Master of Ceremonies
for this memorable occasion, introducing
David Babcock, Gifford Electric, as the
guest speaker of the event. David is
also a director on the chapter board and
an instructor in the apprenticeship
Mr. Babcock provided an inspirational speech to the graduating
class about this major milestone in
their educational and professional
careers. Mr. Babcock’s keynote address
was emotional, heartfelt, and sincere,
capturing the audience’s attention
throughout his address.
James Neyman recognized the instructors for their commitment to
training and the board of directors,
apprenticeship and training committee
members and chapter staff for their
dedication to the association.
Mike Querry fourth year instructor spoke to the graduates
congratulating them on their hard work
and dedication to completing the
Afterward, the 2014-2015 award winners
Outstanding Apprentice of the
- First Year: Austin Tortrakul,
GNS Electric, Inc.
- Second Year: Kelly Sustaire,
- Third Year: Chas Putnam,
Cable Electric, Inc.
- Fourth Year: Maksim
Kindziakou, E-MC Electrical Services
had perfect attendance for this
school year: Phillip Berry, Anthony
Duarte, Alejandro Guzman, Chad Kennemer,
Maksim Kidnziakou, Cordell Lee, P. J.
Martinez, Parrick Maurer, Rodrick
Morris, Teresa Nelson, Courtney Perkins,
Jose Romero, Johnny Schniebs, Sharon
Sherrill, Curtis Summers, Elio Tejada
and Benjamin Wilkinson.
Six of those
graduates with perfect attendance for
the school year, six graduates had
perfect attendance for all four years in
the program. What an accomplishment
for these students:
Maksim Kindziakou, P. J. Martinez,
Patrick Maurer, Jose Romero and Sharon
were presented to:.
presented The Gary Dalrymple Award
for Overall Achievement to:
Anthony Duarte, Hurst Electric. This
award honors a fourth year apprentice
who is chosen as the most improved
student in both the classroom and on the
job over the past four years.
presented the A&T Chairman’s Award
to Eaton for their generous
contribution of materials to the
apprenticeship program. Eaton
representatives, Paul Lowke and Steve
Kennedy accepted the award on behalf of
James Neyman and
Mike Querry presented the graduating
class with certificates of completion.
CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2015!
Fort Worth, TX (June
20, 2014) The Independent Electrical
Contractors Fort Worth/Tarrant County and
Dallas Chapters held the IEC 8th Annual Tom
Jones Memorial Golf Tournament in memory of
Fort Worth/Tarrant County's long time
Executive Director, Tom Jones who passed
away in June, 2006.
IEC donated the
proceeds from the tournament to two
organizations working to fight the battle to
cure cancer and help survivors of cancer.
A $2,650 donation each
was made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation,
1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
and the National Breast Cancer Foundation,
Inc., 2600 Network Blvd., Suite 300, Frisco,
In addition, $2,650 was
donated to the IEC, Inc. Foundation
Scholarship Program. The Independent
Electrical Contractors Foundation’s mission
is to fund, promote, and support educational
opportunities in the electrical and
Since 2007 the two IEC
chapters have donated $63,903 to cancer
research and the IEC, Inc. Foundation.
Established in 1957,
the IEC, Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter
is a trade association representing
independent electrical and systems
contractors. Our mission is to offer quality
education and safety programs, governmental
involvement and business information to help
our members excel.