IAEI is a 90-year-old membership organization with a long and recognized history of comprehensive training in and promotion of safe products, electrical installations, and inspections in order to ensure compliance with electrical codes and standards. The Association is comprised of divisions, chapters, and sections in the United States, as well as other countries. In 2018, the West Virginia Division was redesignated as a chapter.

Active members and partners in IAEI come from many diverse groups including electrical inspectors, testing agencies, standards organizations, manufacturers, distributors, installers, and contractors. Members gather in meeting rooms around educational opportunities focused on the National Electrical Code (NEC) and other safety topics.

West Virginia was previously a division in the Ohio Chapter in the Western Section. The move to become a chapter with the ability to have its own divisions was the next logical step for West Virginia members.

In the beginning
The desire to educate and increase safety awareness was what got Jack Jamison and others in West Virginia involved. He recalled that the need for the state to join the Association became clear to him at an Ohio Chapter meeting.

Jamison had the support of the leaders in West Virginia, as some people in the state were concerned that anyone could perform an electrical inspection and there were no licensure requirements. The State of West Virginia had no formal regulation of insurance or qualifications. Opportunities to stay on top of a changing electrical industry were not readily available. There was a need, and Jamison and others worked to fill it.

Joining the Association
Jamison realized how to get a formal IAEI effort started for West Virginia when he ran into other industry leaders during an Ohio Chapter meeting.

Thinking back, Jamison said it was the summer of 2000 or 2001 when he attended the Ohio Chapter meeting and had a discussion with Oranthol Post (“O.P.”). He suggested beginning as a division. Together with Tom Moore, Tim McClintock, and others, O.P. helped explain the details of how to create the new division and provide continued assistance.

Moore recounted that, at that time, there were approximately seven or so members-at-large from West Virginia attending the Ohio Chapter meetings. There may have been a few West Virginia members attending the Western Pennsylvania Chapter meetings, but again, there was a lot of opportunity to grow membership for the IAEI organization.

The critical step that O.P., McClintock, Moore, Mike Forister, and others made at the time was to not overlook the energy that Jamison and his team had created. The desire to start a new division was strong, and these leaders recognized it. They took the time to work closely with Jamison and his team helping them not only navigate the logistical information with the International Office but also assist in scheduling and conducting educational programs. The swell of support for the division grew over the years.

Jamison remembered how much support he received and how the leaders in the organization never discouraged the efforts. Tim Croushore from Allegheny Power noticed this really quick, Jamison said, and was participating in meetings from the very beginning. Forister showed up as the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) field representative and helped with educational programs as well. Others from the Ohio Chapter also gave Jamison support by helping with delivery of educational programs.

Training begins
Training was the top priority, even while waiting for the official paperwork to be cleared for the new division. The first seminar of the West Virginia Division was titled Basic 2002 NEC Overview, presented on October 17, 2003, at the Chestnut Ridge Westvaco Resource Center. The training was attended by 72 electrical professionals and conducted by the Ohio Chapter President John Humphrey, Ohio Chapter 2nd Vice President Byron Eichorn, and West Virginia Division representative Jamison.

Bonding & Grounding and One- & Two-Family Code trainings were conducted in April 2004 in Morgantown with 75 participants, and another in October 2004 in Flatwoods with 60 attendees. The Flatwoods event was aided by the contribution of the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office.

It was on February 25, 2005, that the official charter was delivered to the newly formed West Virginia Division—the result of a two-and-a-half-year organizational period. The official presentation was made by Ohio Chapter President Eichorn, and the newly elected officers and board members were installed by Forister.

The inaugural class of officers and board members were:
• President Ronald Mathias, MEGCO Inspections Vice President and Ohio Chapter
• Representative Jack E. Jamison, Jr., MEGCO Inspections
• Secretary Kenneth Bolyard, Tri-State Inspections
• Treasurer William McLaughlin, Bartling & McLaughlin

Inspector Representatives:
• Jay Gibson, City of Charleston
• Maxwell Summerville, Affordable Inspections
• Ron Phillips, ESP, Inc.

Over the following years, this team and future leaders in West Virginia held four meetings annually in two different locations—two meetings each spring and two meetings each fall. The attendance has grown over the years with more than 200 attendees participating in discussions around NEC requirements and solutions.

Writing a new chapter
It would be 13 years after the formation of the West Virginia Division of the Ohio Chapter that the charter would be given to form the West Virginia Chapter. Jamison said the time was now right to take the journey of electrical safety to the next level. The West Virginia leaders all agreed and supported this move to become a chapter. West Virginia has been experiencing growth in their commitment to the electrical industry and to electrical safety.

The inaugural officers of the chapter included:
• Gus Rossi, President
• Danny Brickles, Vice President
• Jack Jamison, Secretary
• Thomas Domitrovich, Treasurer

Inspector representatives:
• Kenneth Bolyard
• Scott Brightwell
• Scott Jolliff
• Paul Linger
• John Marteney
• Mary Alice Rudolph
• Paul Satterfield
• Max Summerville

The success of this new chapter has been credited to building relationships and gaining guidance from many leaders in the industry. Recognizing and helping the leaders in the industry is important to the success of not only IAEI but also the electrical industry in general.

The West Virginia leadership team extends a sincere thank you to all of those who helped with achieving chapter status. The question now becomes, where will our next chapter or division be located, and who are the leaders ready to make a difference?

In 2018, IAEI consisted of 83 chapters & 41 divisions:

International 

1. Central Mexico Chapter

2. International Chapter

3. Japan Chapter

4. Korea Chapter

5. Saudi Arabia Chapter

6. Sinaloa Chapter

Eastern Section

7. Adirondack Hudson Chapter

8. Benjamin Franklin Chapter

9. Cape and Islands Chapter

10. Central Pennsylvania Chapter

11. Chesapeake Chapter

12. Connecticut Chapter

13. Empire Chapter

14. Genesee Chapter

15. George Washington Chapter

16. Granite State Chapter

17. Green Mountain Chapter

18. Keystone Chapter

19. Long Island Chapter

20. New Jersey Chapter

21. New Jersey Skylands Chapter

22. New York Chapter

23. Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter

24. Paul Revere Chapter

25. Pine Tree Chapter

26. Roger Williams Chapter

27. South Jersey Chapter

28. Westchester Chapter

29. Western Massachusetts Chapter

30. Western New York Chapter

31. Western Pennsylvania Chapter

Canadian Section

32. British Columbia Chapter

33. N.B./P.E.I. Chapter

34. Nova Scotia Chapter

35. Ontario Chapter

36. Prairie Chapter

37. Quebec Chapter

Northwestern Section

38. Alaska Chapter

39. Eastern Washington Chapter

40. Idaho Chapter

41. Montana Chapter

42. Oregon Chapter

43. Puget Sound Chapter

44. Utah Chapter

Southern Section

45. Alabama Chapter

46. Florida Chapter

47. Georgia Chapter

48. N.C. Ellis Cannady Chapter

49. Oklahoma Chapter

50. South Carolina Chapter

51. Southeast Louisiana Chapter

52. Tennessee Chapter

53. Texas Chapter

54. Texas Gulf Coast Chapter

55. Virginia Chapter

Southwestern Section

56. Central Arizona Chapter

57. Hawaii Chapter

58. New Mexico Chapter

59. Northern California Chapter

60. Northern Nevada Chapter

61. Sacramento Valley Chapter

62. Shasta Chapter

63. Southern Arizona Chapter

64. Southern California Chapter

65. Southern Nevada Chapter

Western Section

66. Arkansas Chapter

67. Eastern Missouri Chapter

68. Illinois Chapter

69. Indiana Chapter

70. Iowa Chapter

71. Kansas Sunflower Chapter

72. Kentucky Chapter

73. Michigan Chapter

74. Minnesota Chapter

75. Missouri-Kansas Chapter

76. Nebraska Chapter

77. North Dakota Chapter

78. Ohio Chapter

79. Rocky Mountain Chapter

80. South Dakota Chapter

81. West Virginia Chapter

82. Wisconsin Chapter

83. Wyoming Chapter

Thomas A. Domitrovich is an Electrical Engineer within Eaton’s electrical group with experience in engineering, sales and marketing, business development, and product management. Domitrovich is actively involved with various electrical industry organizations and most recently focuses on the continued growth of electrical safety. Domitrovich is an author with a wide range of trade magazine articles, including columns in two industry trade magazines focused on electrical safety.

He sits on NFPA Code Making Panel 2 for the continued development of the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70). He is also on the NFPA committee for the continued development of NFPA 73 and chairs various committees for other electrical industry organizations. Domitrovich is a LEED Accredited Professional, a licensed Professional Engineer, and holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Gannon University.