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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Bob Mackey

Director of Education

Bob oversees and leads educational and workforce development programs. He ensures IEC Chesapeake offers courses and programs that meet the electrical industry’s needs in apprenticeship, continuing education, safety, business development and all other areas in support of growth for employers and individuals.

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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.


Amber Leber

Amber Leber, Finance & Education Assistant

Amber assists in financial record keeping and the implementation of education. She also supports other departments with various meetings and events for members and students.

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Sharon Burley
Sharon Burley, Administrative Assistant

Sharon 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.

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Events & News Feed

Events & News Feed

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