About IEC

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IEC Chesapeake is the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC), Inc., the industry’s premier national trade association.

Founded in 1957 as the Associated Independent Electrical Contractors of America, IEC is a trade association of approximately 3,700 member companies, 90,000 electrical workers, over 10,000 apprentices, in nearly 60 chapters throughout the US. Its mission is to develop and foster a stronger economy through the level of quality and services its members provide to the industry.

With offices in Maryland and Virginia, IEC Chesapeake helps electrical, low voltage and renewable energy contracting companies and students in the Mid-Atlantic Region, like you, gain an advantage. After graduating from our apprenticeship training program, you will become an in-demand electrician and have the potential to earn the highest income within the construction sector. As a member, you can stay current on the latest industry standards. You have a voice participating in the collective conversation affecting your industry. Plus, you will be able to take advantage of our ongoing continuing education classes, whether you’re an apprentice or journeyman.

Meet IEC Chesapeake's Staff

Throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, we’re hard at work helping electrical contractors, suppliers and distributors, and students get the most out of their careers and businesses. Below you can learn more about our staff of electrical professionals who deliver on the IEC mission.

Grant Shmelzer

Grant Shmelzer, Executive Director

Grant Shmelzer oversees all day to day operations, and he is responsible for working with the Board of Directors to run the IEC Chesapeake and IEC Chesapeake Apprenticeship and Training, Inc.

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Carey Walker

 Carey Walker, Director of Membership and Operations

Carey oversees membership needs including legislative, meetings, events, business development and benefits. Additionally, she is responsible for the overall administration of the IEC Chesapeake office staff and volunteers.

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Ed Hersl


Edward Hersl, Education Coordinator

Edward oversees the day-to-day operations for the Apprenticeship Program, including managing schedules, attendances sheets, grades, as well as handling any instructor/apprentice issues. In addition, he does outreach to Career & Technology High Schools and various organizations who promote the electrical trade for Workforce Development.

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Jenny Boone

Jenny Boone, Business Development

Jenny builds and maintains relationships with current members as well as prospect members.


Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee, Associate Training Director
Journeyman Electrician

During my last 6 years I have been involved in the Electrical Technician training while leading my own program for the last 4 years.  I hope to apply my knowledge and experience to make IEC the very best that it can be.  I will be willing to listen to your ideas to bring out the best in us all.


Amber Leber

Amber Leber, Administrative Assistant

Amber handles the office administrative duties, including processing of apprenticeship applications and getting students set up for their classes. She is the first point of contact for all potential new students and members/employers.

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Board of Directors

IEC Chesapeake is a member driven association with a volunteer board of directors. We have many talented professionals who participate in our organization in volunteer appointed positions to further our mission of offering independent electrical, low voltage and renewable energy contractors quality educational programs, information, and services.

Join us. If you’re interested in becoming an IEC Chesapeake volunteer, contact us today at (301) 621-9545 or toll free at (800) 470-3013. You can also submit a form of interest by clicking here.

Events & News Feed

Events & News Feed

Fall Brewery Event

Fall Brewery Event

5/22/2017 12:00:00 AM EDT
a week ago

Heavy Seas Brewery
4615 Hollins Ferry Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21227

  • Cost for members: $35
  • Cost for non members $50

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You Say Potato, I Say Potaahhto

You Say Potato, I Say Potaahhto

5/22/2017 12:00:00 AM EDT
a week ago

We hear a lot about internships in educational circles. In point of fact, high school and college students are strongly ...

Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Chesapeake, Inc. establishes Pre-Apprenticeship Program in Baltimore City

Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Chesapeake, Inc. establishes Pre-Apprenticeship Program in Baltimore City

5/18/2017 12:00:00 AM EDT
a week ago

Baltimore City, MD – Stand for Youth, a 501(c)(3) non-profit youth services organization, has secured funding from the Maryland ...

Power of Completion

Power of Completion

5/11/2017 12:00:00 AM EDT
2 weeks ago

Four years of classes. Four years of exams, assignments due. Four years to the “payoff”. When you get through the ...

Infographics: Show and Tell in a Web 2.0 World

Infographics: Show and Tell in a Web 2.0 World

5/5/2017 12:00:00 AM EDT
3 weeks ago

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