At CE Power, our greatest assets are our people. Whenever possible, we strive to acknowledge the contributions of our champions who go above and beyond.
Service Operations Specialist – CE Power Michigan and CE Power Merrillville
Three years ago, Stephanie Patterson didn’t know what step she wanted to take in her new career path, but she knew she needed a change. Fast forward to December 2017 and Stephanie is excelling in her position as Service Operations Specialist for both CE Power Michigan and CE Power Merrillville. In her role, she works with both Sales and Operations to execute a variety of work, from maintenance and testing to large design jobs. On top of that, Stephanie played a large part in the successful integration of the Merrillville team into the CE Power family.
Stephanie loves to go into work, not only because of the support she has from her colleagues, but also because she gets the opportunity to learn something new every day. Her favorite fundamental is “Always Ask Why”, because she has a thirst for knowledge of our field, one of which she knew nothing about when starting with CE Power.
Her colleagues are always more than happy to answer her questions, especially when she gets the opportunity to go onsite, such as during ode of Stephanie’s more memorable moments with CE Power. She got to not only perform her administrative duties from the large CE Power NASCAR trailer that was pulled onsite during a Hemlock Semiconductor outage, but she also got to rock her pink FR gear while assisting with the cleaning and testing of GE Magneblast breakers!
Stephanie plans on continuing to grow with CE Power and looks forward to the rewarding experience of being a big part of new CE Power projects, which already includes Field Service Edge.
Manager – Parts Department
Ed Kuehne may be one of the busiest people around. When he is not working for CE Power or taking care of the horses at home, he is volunteering his time to help others. He is the current Chair of Tank, the Northern Kentucky three-county transit board, and also serves as a member of the Boone County Water Rescue. He was in the First EMT class in the nation (#14) in 1970 and, after helping to deliver 21 babies, is still active, especially with EMT training.
Ed began his career 45 years ago at General Electric (GE), after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University, where he also played football. After 13 years, Ed left GE to become a co-founder/partner in forming Power Distribution Services, Inc. (PDS). He was Senior Vice President when PDS was sold 17 years later, and has been with CE Power since its inception in 2001.
In his current role, Ed provides support for the estimating team and sales department, as well as locating and pricing parts and materials. If asked to describe his job to a class of fourth graders, Ed would say he helps to keep the electric on, not just where we live, but for companies and families throughout the country. He would also tell them communication is the most important aspect of his job, including having good listening skills. Not only is this a great skill for work, but also for life in general.
Ed continues to challenge himself at CE Power by staying as involved as possible and providing support when needed. Ed fully understands the importance of providing mentorship in all areas of CE Power; he looks forward to working on this program internally and sharing his wealth of industry knowledge with others.
What makes Ed wake up at 5:30AM and take the 45-60 minute drive in the morning? The people. CE Power has many caring people…that definitely includes Ed Kuehne!
Project Manager – Utilities Plus Energy Services
Since 2009, Jeff has been with the Utilities Plus team where, as Project Manager, he bids projects, manages them from start to finish, and performs maintenance and commissioning work in the field. One can say he truly does it all!
There is no typical day in Jeff’s world. He is constantly traveling to distant states for work, but he enjoys that aspect as he finds it interesting to see a different part of the country, and how people live and operate there.
Jeff’s favorite Fundamental is “Pay Attention to Detail”. “No matter what we are doing we must always pay attention to everything going on down to the finest details; or work place, conditions, crews, cope of work…are everchanging and we must pay attention to everything to make sure we are always safe and completing the job properly and efficiently.”
For someone who originally got into this business not knowing much about it, Jeff has certainly learned and grown a lot. He recently obtained his Master Electrician license and plans to someday achieve NETA IV status. In fact, it’s one of the things that Jeff enjoys the most about working for CE Power – being able to continuously learn new things.
P&C Engineer – Ohio Field Engineer
Daniel Mellenkamp began his professional career with CE Power just one week after graduating from the University of Kentucky. He truly enjoyed power systems classes and knew he would not be happy in a cubicle, so working in the field with CE Power seemed like the perfect fit! Daniel’s current position as a P&C / SCADA Field Engineer in the Ohio WFS group has him busy leading transmission and distribution capital project commissioning teams on numerous AEP projects in the SW Michigan area. His role is essentially the same as an AEP P&C Engineer who has responsibility for planning, scheduling and all testing and final commissioning of substation P&C before energizing the new equipment.
Daniel is one of the first to become part of Graduate Apprenticeship Program (GAP), and now he finds pleasure in being able to mentor the new group of GAP engineers. His favorite aspect of his job, though, is sending the final project (testing and energization reports) to the client.
Daniel’s favorite fundamental is “Embrace Change”. While he doesn’t like change for the sake of change, he understands that it is the only way to improve, both personally and professionally. Daniel puts the fundamental to action by taking on tasks that he has not been involved in a previous project.
In the future, Daniel looks forward to continuing to help CE Power expand their presence and reputation, specifically in the Indiana and Michigan markets.
Executive Assistant and CEP NETA Administrator – Westborough, MA Office
After working as a fashion-industry buyer and raising two sons, Marita joined 3C Electrical in 2006. Today, she juggles the execution of executive initiatives and the administration of HR at the Westborough location.
Her favorite Fundamental is “Pay Attention to Detail.” Applying that principle with gusto, she actively spreads quality awareness throughout CE Power of our NETA Certification Program via newsletters, email, training, book offers and other communications.
Married to her husband Gil for 35 years, Marita also enjoys gardening, shopping, skiing, and working out. She particularly loves interacting with people. “Every employee is on a different journey, and it’s rewarding to know that I can assist or encourage them in any small way.
Estimator – Fairfield, Ohio Location
Brian has been with CE Power for more than three years. Following a passion acquired in high school, he began his industry career as a draftsman, then worked his way up through engineering and, eventually sales.
His job is to ensure that the estimates meet the customer criteria and that the solutions provided are the best. Typically, his days are spent answering lots of phone calls and emails, and putting together as many estimates as possible.
Collaboration is big part of Brian’s job. “I enjoy taking on challenging projects that I know nothing about, finding people who do, and learning from them,” he says, adding that he’s learned a lot since he’s been here.
“My work life helps me to help others daily. And that brings me joy.”
Sales Engineer – Minnesota Division
Fascinated by electrical contracting, Cameron joined CE Power in 2014, having previously served as sole project manager and estimator for a company in Southern Minnesota.
Currently, his days are full, with time spent either working with customers or receiving project updates from the field team. “My job is a lot easier with the people I have supporting me. It makes it easy to get up in the morning.”
For him, it’s a complex industry requiring not just an understanding of what’s happening, but why it’s happening. He challenges himself to absorb as much as possible and fees that, in this business, there is no shortage of learning opportunities.
Cameron is energized by the company’s positive momentum. “I plan to make 2017 even better than 2016.”
Power Engineer – Minnesota Division
Allan saw a strategic opportunity in the power industry. Five years ago, he joined CE Power and has never looked back. Currently, he is the liaison for Xcel Energy, scheduling crews to staff projects in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and the eastern portions of both Dakotas. He also works on SCADA jobs and has taught the internal SCADA class for two years.
An engineer to the core, he loves the problem-solving aspect of his job and seeing the product of his work applied into service. He often addresses concerns and questions. “Nuclear-plant employees refer to me as the ‘testing expert.’ I smile and nod; projecting confidence is important when nerves are high.”
Allan looks forward to the opportunities that have come with recent acquisitions, working on new projects as the company grows in expanded territory.
Business Development Manager
Brian knows that customers buy from people they trust, which is why establishing trust is a big part of his job. With a primary focus on the union side of the business, he builds relationships with new and existing customers, educating them on service offerings and capabilities.
At CE Power, he enjoys the fast pace, endless opportunity, and—most importantly—the people. “Our techs are some of the best, brightest and hardest-working in the industry,” he says. “That holds true at the top, as well. I joined this company because I believe in what they were trying to accomplish.”
His goals are to quickly grow the Ohio and Kentucky markets, “And destroy the competition,” he adds. We’re confident that Brian is up to the task.
Senior Electrical Design Engineer – Wisconsin, Remote Office
Nathan has been in the industry since 2008, initially designing electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and fire-suspension systems. At CE Power, he works on low- and medium-voltage switchgear retrofill/replacement projects, in addition to conducting engineering studies.
Thriving on challenge, he loves the unique nature of each project, which requires interacting with a variety of people, often developing complex or innovative solutions and learning new skills.
He also challenges himself personally. Twice, he has finished the Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon—a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile marathon. “As a type-1 diabetic, I set out to achieve what most would say is crazy,” Nathan says. “It raises money to send type-1 diabetic kids to sports camps for an organization close to my heart—Riding On Insulin.”
Power Engineer – Kentucky Field Service Group
Eric works in industrial and utility protection and controls, staying busy on switchgear commissioning and relay testing. Prior to CE Power, he attended the University of Louisville, gaining experience during his co-op at a local power plant.
Like his family, Eric has always found the power industry interesting and loves the challenge of fixing things and solving problems. For him, the best part of the job is tackling the variety of jobs that come his way.
“I try to step out of my comfort zone and take on projects that I haven’t done before, but I know I can handle if I work hard enough,” he says. “If I ever do get in too deep, I know this company has a large pool of experience to call in.”
Operations Logistics Coordinator at 3C Electrical
Prior to joining 3C back in 2001, Sonny was a gas turbine technician for the U.S. Navy. 3C seemed a natural transition. Today, his basic responsibilities include managing projects, scheduling resources, and assisting the operations manager.
In operations, change is constant. Emergencies and other unscheduled surprises keep Sonny on his toes—and he loves to roll with it. Occasionally, he’ll even go out in the field when the situation requires it.
“I enjoy the challenge of my job and how we never stop learning the electrical industry,” he says. Thanks Sonny. We appreciate your dedication and commitment.
Service Assistant, Nashville, TN office
Carol does a little bit of everything, which is no surprise. She has been with the organization for nearly 19 years—18 at PGTI and, following its acquisition, one at CE Power, where she has played an important role in helping to integrate the two companies.
She stays busy, keeping track of hours, invoicing, and project schedules. Every day, she strives to help others, pushing her limits to learn more. She puts her heart into her job and loves working with the technicians, whom she describes as “just wonderful”
Quincey has been in the electrical business for 20 years. Initially brought in as a temp at his former company, he was intrigued by what the techs did. So he eventually became one himself.
Today, his job includes on-site and shop troubleshooting, maintenance and testing, and installation and commissioning of mechanical and electric equipment. He supervises. He trains. He travels. He has worked in three different states in the same day.
“I love seeing new places and meeting new people,” he says. “It’s a way of learning and challenging myself.”
Shop Supervisor, Florida Service-Lakeland Shop
Willie has worked with CE Power for nearly 11 years. Currently, he spends most days working on circuit breakers, providing on-site assistance, prioritizing and delegating tasks, and advising his team on proper procedures. Since day one, though, upping his game has been a big part of his job description.
He’s passionate about making sure his customers are satisfied and enjoys the sense of accomplishment that accompanies a job well done.
Never complacent, Willie is now working to improve process discipline and accountability. “I like to challenge and better myself.”
Senior Field Supervisor, CE Power Kentucky
Joseph recently moved his family to Louisville from Long Island, New York, but he’s no newcomer to the electrical industry. In fact, he has worked around power nearly 20 years. As the third generation in his family to do so, you could say it’s in his DNA.
Typically, he starts the day planning out assigned jobs, but is always ready to accommodate the unexpected, and appreciates the support he receives on and off the job site. The most rewarding part of his job is being able to smoothly manage a large outage or shutdown.
He continually strives to expand his knowledge, which prepares him for the unexpected. “Every day could be an adventure,” he says. “You never know what you will encounter, especially when you respond to an emergency call.”
Field Service Technician, CE Power Minnesota
Matthew has been with CE Power for nearly three years, working on breaker rebuilds, retrofill installations, switchgear testing, and troubleshooting. Typically, he starts the day with a sugar-free energy drink—but he’s fueled more by a passion for getting things done.
What he enjoys most about his job is the spirit of teamwork and sense of family that runs throughout the company. For Matthew, it’s made quite an impression.” Bill McCloy and Jim Newcomb were in our office for a day last summer. They grilled dinner for the entire team and our families, thanking us for our patience and understanding,” he said.
Matthew continually challenges himself to be better, and extends that challenge to his co-workers. “In this line of work, you cannot become complacent. It can cost you your life.”
His goal this year is pass his NETA III exam with flying colors. We are confident he will put forth the effort required to achieve that goal.
Service Operations Specialist
RJ has been with CE Power since 2008, when he started as a service assistant for Cincinnati Service. Today, he provides back-office support for the Cincinnati Service Group and has direct reporting responsibilities for the Cincinnati Union Technicians.
He loves being tasked with diverse challenges, appropriating people and resources when and where they’re needed to get the job done safely and effectively. Often, this means coordinating multiple emergency projects working through the night.
Always pushing himself to ask and learn, RJ is pursuing an Electrical Technology degree and looks forward to further expanding services in the union market.