Thompson’s Service Vans All Decked Out

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Thompson’s Service Vans were all decked out for the Christmas parades in Yankton, SD and Le Mars, IA this past week.

In Yankton, Barrie Larson (PM) his wife Tona and their kids, Ryker & Cooper, Shannon Vornhagen (PM) and son, Colton, Joey Nickles (Apprentice), Brice Sayler (Apprentice), his wife, Kristen and their kids, Corbin & Quinn and Frank Acosta (Service Electrician) all participated in the parade.  They walked by the Thompson van and handed out candy to kids along the parade route and help spread the Thompson holiday cheer.

In Le Mars, Ed Anderson not only decked out the Thompson’s service van, he also pulled the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce float promoting Ice Cream Day’s in Le Mars.  Christine Rasmussen, a friend of Ed’s, also helped in handing out candy and spreading the holiday cheer.

It’s great to see so many of Thompson Electric’s employees participating in their local community events.  Thanks for making the Holidays a little more special.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Veterans Day

Green Energy Challenge

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In 2009, a five-person team of students from Iowa State’s civil, construction and environmental engineering department decided to participate in the “Green Energy Challenge”. The Students, who were members of the National Electrical Contractors Association – Student Chapter, which Thompson Electric has been an active member in NECA for many decades.

Eight years and eight competitions later, the 2016 ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge Team, which is sponsored by the Iowa Chapter NECA, which Barney Pottebaum, VP and General Manager of Sioux City is the Iowa NECA President.  The team started with 5 members and is now 12 members strong and officially named Cyclone Energy.

What started out with humble beginnings has turned into a winning team with 3 straight first place finishes in the “Green Energy Challenge” in 2014 & 2015 and 2016. Along with the team championships, in 2015, Iowa State NECA Team earns NECA Student Chapter of the Year.

The “Green Energy Challenge” is sponsored by ELECTRI International Foundation and challenges student chapters across the nation to create a proposal for sustainable updates to a building in their community.

ELECTRI International Foundation also sponsors the Student Passport Initiative for NECA Student Chapters, which is a program that NECA Student Chapters compete on green energy projects for international locations.  Past winners have had projects in Honduras, Costa Rica and Ecuador to name a few.  Nick Rol, a project manager for Thompson Electric in Sioux City, was one of the Passport judges this year.

United Way Kick-off

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This past Monday, the United Way Kick-off luncheon was held at Thompson Electric in Sioux City.  Heather Hennings from the United Way and Cathy Grimsley, a Red Cross board member, spoke about how the money is used and distributed in Siouxland.  The money that is donated to the United Way stays in the Siouxland area and is distributed to local charities that have the most urgent needs.

This is a great way to help our communities and Thompson Electric, Thompson Specialty Services, Electric Innovations and TEC Corp and our employees are proud to a part of such a worthy cause.

NECA 2016

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The 2016 NECA Convention and Tradeshow was held last week in Boston, MA.  NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) or the voice of the electrical industry, is an organization that Thompson Electric has been an active member of for several decades.

Each year NECA has a convention and tradeshow where electrical vendors have the opportunity to introduce and demonstrate new technology and products.  It’s a great opportunity for electrical contractor, such as Thompson Electric, to have discussions with vendors and suppliers on these new products and to also establish new relationships with different suppliers.

This year Skip Perley and Barney Pottebaum attended the convention and tradeshow.  During the show there are many learning opportunities and guest speaker sessions to attend.  Skip and Barney both attended many sessions that focused on customer services and the changing needs of customers and how today’s technology has an impact on their business.  Another session that was informative was the leadership skills and how to develop and implement this training, these were just a couple of the many meetings they attended.

After the convention is over, we have discussions on what was learned from the convention and how to implement the best practices learned into everyday business.

Learning the Art of the Sale…

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This past week Gene McNaughton of Elite Consulting was brought in as a sales consultant for Thompson Electric, Thompson Specialty Services and Electric Innovations.  For over 25 years, Gene has passionately pursued the answers to questions like, “What difference does your difference make?”

The day-long session provided several ways to improve the way you communicate with new and existing clients.  From the tone of your voice to the knowledge you have about a product or situation.  Knowledge is power and the way you communicate this knowledge to your client is critical. Overall, the training session was very beneficial from helping give the inexperienced person keys on being successful in sales, to giving the experienced person a reminder on best sales practices.

At the end of the day, we all had the opportunity to use what we learned to break a 12” x 12” x 1” board in half by focusing and concentrating on the task at hand.  Everybody used this information and broke their board.  Many also used the board to symbolically “break through” to a new approach, energy, or even a personal goal.

In order to fulfill our pillar of “Employee Engagement and Excellence” we know we must continually provide opportunity to learn and grow. Last Wednesday, we did both and had a great time doing it.