Title: Officers & Staff

Oregon-Columbia Chapter NECA
Officers and Staff 2013

The Oregon-Columbia Chapter of NECA is guided by a Board of Directors and slate of officers. Board members and officers work in a partnering relationship with the skilled electricians of IBEW Local 48 to promote excellence in the electrical construction industry.

At the annual meeting in December, the membership of the Chapter elected the Board of Directors for 2013. The Board Members and officers are:

Darrell McNeel

Darrell is the President and CEO of Capitol Electric Company, Inc. in Portland Oregon and is an industry leader with 34 years of experience in Electrical Construction and Management. Over the past 25 years Darrell has completed numerous Electrical Design Build projects in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Darrell is currently serving on the NECA Code Committee and is also on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Columbia NECA Chapter.


Vice President
Mark Walter

Mark Walter is President of Christenson Electric.

Jeff Holmes

Jeff has been in the electrical industry since 1980.  He has worn many hats in the industry including warehouse, purchasing, estimating, project management, and operations manager.  Jeff has hands on experience in all aspects of electrical projects from very small tenant improvement projects to multi-million dollar high-rise hotels.  Jeff joined the NECA Board in 2007 and is also a member of the Joint Legislative Committee.  His main goal in business and on the NECA Board is to provide as good of industry to the generations that follow as those that came before. He is the Vice President of Operations for Cochran Inc. His wife of nearly 30-years and two daughters are the joy of his life.  Jeff likes to spend time with his family traveling, and doing outdoor things.  Go Beavs!

Timothy Gauthier

As the Secretary/Executive Manager of the Oregon-Columbia Chapter NECA, Mr. Gauthier has served on the Board since 1982, and working in other capacities with NECA since 1975.

Board Member
Shawn Dunigan

Mr. Dunigan is President of ABC Electric


Board Member
Mike Falconer

Mike Falconer works for Stoner Electric


Immediate Past President
Gary Severe

Gary graduated from Benson PolyTech High School in 1972 and started his electrical career sweeping floors at Tice Electric Co.  In 1972 he applied for and was accepted into the Electrical Apprenticeship program and received his Journeyman's license in 1976.  In 1978, under the guidance of Greg Gregersen, Gary was moved into the office and began training to become an estimator/project manager.  During the late 80's, Gary was given the opportunity to purchase company stock and currently holds the position of Vice President. Gary recently accepted a seat on the Minority/Women Business Enterprise and Workforce Advisory Council for Providence Health & Services – Oregon.



NECA Board of Governors

In addition, the Oregon-Columbia Chapter elects a representative to the National NECA Board of Governors:

Karl Jensen

Karl started working for his father’s company West Side Electric part-time as shop helper during summers and after school while attending Wilson High School and during summers while attending University of Oregon. After graduating from U of O in 1985, Karl went to work full time at West Side Electric as manager of purchasing and warehouse operations. After 2-years Karl moved to the position of service manager and from there into an estimator/project management position. In 1994 Karl became vice-president and purchased the company from his father in 1999 becoming President.

Karl has previously served on various NECA committees including legislative, labor management and negotiations. In addition he served on the Board of Directors of NECA from 1999-2005, serving as President from 2002-2004. Karl is currently a trustee on the NIETC training trust and Edison Pension Trust as well as serving on the NECA code committee, and is on the Board of Directors of the IBEW and United Workers Federal Credit Union. He became Governor of NECA in January 2011.

Karl is married and has two teenage daughters. The family enjoys sports activities, skiing and spending time at the beach.

National NECA Executive Committee

Member, National NECA Board of Governors, ex-officio, District 6 VP
George Adams

George Adams was born in Grants Pass, Or and graduated from Eagle Point High School in 1964.  He attended Southern Oregon University, (then a College) joined the US Navy in 1966 and spent over ten years in the Naval Security Group special operations.  After moving his family to the Portland area in 1978 he worked for the Port of Portland at Swan Island as a maintenance Electrician.  George started the IBEW 48 apprenticeship program in May of 1978 and was dispatched to work for Electrical Construction Company. 

After finishing the program with E C, George became a service technician, Foreman, General Foreman, Project Manager, and in 1992 a Construction VP.  George started the Advanced Technology Group and completed many commercial and industrial projects.  In January 1996 George was promoted to President of Electrical Construction Company.  In 1999 he was promoted to President of E C Company which consists of the Construction Company and E C Power Systems Company. Both companies have grown to be the largest and most diverse construction and Power distribution companies in the Northwest and the US with seven branch offices.

George is the current National Governor for the Oregon Columbia NECA chapter.  He chairs the Labor Management Committee, Labor Negotiations Committee, OSU Committee and the Chapter Steering Committee.  He is also a member on the Partnering Committee, and the BALMCC Committee.  On a national level, George sits on the Council of Industrial Relations and attends the Large Contractors group meetings. 

George has been married to his high school sweetheart, Cheryl, for 43 years.  They have three grown children and six grand children.  They raise horses and cattle; enjoy all outdoor activities and most of all their family.

NECA Technical Advisor

Oregon Council of NECA Chapter, Technical Advisor
Nathan Philips

Nathan Philips joined the Oregon NECA Chapters as a Technical Analyst in February of 2003 as he began transitioning out of the construction business after nearly 25 years as an electrical contractor.  During the legislative session, Nathan assists our lobbyists by reviewing proposed legislation, participating in consensus building work groups, and occasionally testifying before legislative committees.  Throughout the biennium, Nathan also represents NECA in the regulatory process through countless committee meetings at the Building Codes Division and other state agencies, and serves as Chair of the Oregon Electrical and Elevator Board.  He is a member of our NECA Joint Legislative Committee, regularly attends meetings of the Oregon Columbia Chapter Code Committee, and is Governor of the Oregon Pacific Cascade Chapter.  Nathan welcomes your questions and phone calls and is available to assist you with any issues that arise involving the regulatory process, applications of the electrical code, or other business issues. 

NECA/IBEW  Safety Director

NECA/IBEW Local Union 48 Safety Director
Barry Moreland

Journeyman Inside Wireman Born in Vancouver, Washington and raised in Ridgefield. After 2 years attending Clark College, Barry entered the electrical apprenticeship and graduated in 1998. He is a member of the National Safety Council and the National Fire Protection Association and also serves as chairman of the Oregon OSHA Construction Advisory Committee.

Your NECA Staff
Timothy Gauthier
Executive Manager

Mr. Gauthier has served as Executive Manager of the Oregon-Columbia Chapter since 1982.   Being previously employed in 1981 as assistant manager of the Chapter, Mr. Gauthier started his career with NECA in 1975 in Washington D.C at the National Headquarters.  He was transferred to Chicago later that same year and in 1976 to Kansas City.

 He is responsible for negotiating and achieving labor relations support for six separate labor agreements with IBEW Local 48. He co-chairs the Edison Pension Trust for Local 48 and the Cornell Pension Trust. Mr. Gauthier co-chairs the Harrison Electrical Workers Trust Fund and the NECA / IBEW Joint Apprenticeship Training Trust.   He is instrumental in government affairs and in 1990, he was appointed by the Governor of Oregon to serve on the Premium Equity Task Force for Workers' Compensation.

In addition to his Chapter administrative responsibilities, Mr. Gauthier has been especially active and effective in the areas of education, government affairs, charitable fund raising,  and industry marketing. He has provided leadership and crafted innovative solutions that have been adopted as national models for success.

Rosie Garcia
Office Manager

 Rosie Garcia has been the NECA Chapter Office Manager since joining the staff in October of 2001.  Besides managing the day-to-day operations of the office, Rosie provides information on various topics to our Chapter members.  From updates on legislative, contract issues, to labor bulletin information, Rosie keeps members current on topics that matter to them.  Rosie is responsible for all member paperwork and serves as the assistant to the Executive Manager.

Becky Nowack
Bookkeeper / Market Recovery / Benefit Processing

Becky rejoins the Chapter staff after a short absence.  Her new duties include the Chapter bookkeeping and Market Recovery.


Micah Nowack
enefit Processing/Webmaster/IT Guy

Micah is the newest member of the Chapter. He is the Chapter Webmaster & all around IT guy. He also assists in Benefit Processing and publishes Labor Bulletins and The Oracle newsletter.




Oregon-Columbia Chapter, NECA

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