IAEI Seminar Instructors

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L. Keith Lofland is the Director of Education, Codes and Standards for IAEI.  Keith represents IAEI as the Chairman of NFPA's Code Making Panel (CMP) 7 for the National Electrical Code (NEC®). He served for three Code cycles as a member of CMP-9. Keith serves on NFPA’s Electrical Section Executive Committee and is a member of UL’s Electrical Council. Keith is also a principal member of the technical committee for NFPA's Guide on Electrical Inspections (NFPA 78) and the Standard for Electrical Inspector Professional Qualifications (NFPA 1078). He is the principal author of several IAEI publications including IAEI’s Analysis of Changes for the NEC. Prior to his position with the International Office of IAEI, Keith spent 16 years with the City of Garland (Texas) serving as their Chief Electrical Inspector as part of a 21-year career as an electrical inspector, after starting his electrical career as an electrician.  Keith holds a Master Electrician license from the State of Texas.  He also has obtained Electrical Inspector certifications from the IAEI and ICC.  Keith received the "Building Official/Building Inspector of the Year" award in 1999 from the Construction Research Center-University of Texas at Arlington. He received the Gold Roadrunner award in 2014 for development and promotion of the NEC as a presenter and educator. Keith is a long-time member of IAEI and served as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Texas Chapter of IAEI from 1995-2004.

Joseph Wages, Jr. is the Technical Advisor, Education, Codes and Standards for IAEI. He previously served as the Education, Codes and Standards Coordinator for the past 3 years for the IAEI. He represents IAEI on NFPA’s NEC Code Making Panel-2 for the 2020 NEC. He previously represented IAEI on NFPA’s NEC Code Making Panel-3 for the 2014 and 2017 NEC. He also serves on the UL Electrical Council and on several UL Technical Standard Panels. Joseph serves as the staff liaison for IAEI with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), with Professional Affordable Continuing Education (PACE), and with the National Association of State Contractors Licensed Association (NASCLA). The IREC partnership helps distribute training to inspectors and installers for Code-compliant Photovoltaic installations. The PACE partnership helps to bring IAEI electrical educational material to electrical professionals seeking online training opportunities. Likewise, the NASCLA partnership helps in the development of state licensing exams for electricians throughout the country. Joseph is an ICC Certified Building Official and holds certifications as building plans examiner, building inspector, chief building code analyst, and one and two-family dwelling inspector. He is also an IAEI Certified Electrical Inspector for one- and two-family dwellings. Joseph served on the State of Arkansas Apprenticeship Coordinating Steering Committee for four years. Prior to his employment at IAEI, Joseph was Chief Electrical Inspector of Siloam Springs, Arkansas for 15 years. He served as Secretary/Treasurer and Education Chairman for the IAEI Arkansas Chapter from 2008-2012 and is also a past-president for the Arkansas Chapter. He is a graduate of both the University of Arkansas/Fort Smith and the Northwest Technical Institute Arkansas Construction Education Foundation (ACEF) Apprenticeship Program. Joseph holds a master electrical license, working as an electrician for several years. He has taught electrical apprenticeship training programs for the ACEF and electrical training seminars for the IAEI Arkansas Chapter. Joseph is currently an Instructor for the International Office of IAEI.

Paul Dobrowsky has over 40 years of experience in electrical and occupational safety, machinery and equipment standards, electrical construction, maintenance, program and policy development, instructing, and over 15 years enforcing electrical codes and standards. He is a Licensed Master Electrician, IAEI Certified Electrical Inspector, certified as an OSHA Construction Safety and Health Instructor, and a senior member of IEEE. Paul is actively involved with many organizations such as ASSE, ASTM, IAEI, IEEE, NFPA, UL and their standards activities. Paul is a member of NEC CMP-5, NFPA 70E, and NFPA 79. He enjoys combining the experience and background information gained in standards committee work with developing and instructing educational programs.

Donald R. Cook is the Chief Electrical Inspector for Shelby County, AL with 30 years’ experience as an electrical inspector. He is also an active instructor for IAEI. Donny represents IAEI and Chairs NEC CMP-17. He is past IAEI representative and Chairman of CMP-14 and CMP-10. Donny is also a member of the NFPA 78/1078 Electrical Inspection Practices committee. He holds an Alabama Electrical Contractors License, an IBEW Journeyman Wireman classification, IAEI CEI and NCPCCI certifications as an electrical inspector and plans examiner, and multiple ICC inspector certifications. Donny was introduced to the electrical industry in 1974 at the Shelby County Vocational Center and worked since as an electrician and electrical contractor prior to taking the first electrical inspector position when Shelby County started their Inspection Services in 1988. He serves as the Central Alabama Division Secretary. Donny is a member of the UL Electrical Council and numerous Standards Technical Panels (STPs) and a corporate member of UL. He participates in a number of NFPA and Fire Protection Research Foundation activities. 

Mark W. Earley, PE, is an International Office electrical instructor for the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI).  He is a columnist for Electrical Contractor Magazine, the magazine of the National Electrical Contractors Association. He is also a consultant on the National Electrical Code He recently retired as chief electrical engineer at NFPA. He served as secretary of the NEC from 1989 to 2019. He was the editor-in-chief for 11 editions of the National Electrical Code Handbook, co-author of NFPA’s reference book Electrical Installations in Hazardous Locations, and editor for the NFPA 70E® Handbook for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. Prior to joining NFPA, he worked as an electrical engineer at Factory Mutual Research Corporation (now FM Global). Additionally, he has served on several of NFPA’s electrical committees and NEC code-making panels. Mr. Earley is a registered professional engineer (licensed in Rhode Island) and a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI), the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA), the UL Electrical Council, the U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1 Committee. He is a life member of NFPA, an honorary life member of the US National Committee of IEC, and a Life senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), He has also been the recipient of various awards in the electrical industry, including the Richard G. Bierman award from the NFPA Electrical Section, the Elihu Thompson Electrotechnology Medal from the American National Standards Institute two distinguished service awards from the U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission, the meritorious service award from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), two awards for outstanding service to the electrical industry from the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and the honorary Artie’s Apple Award from the Southwestern Section of IAEI, in recognition of his dedication and exemplary efforts toward education. He was also the recipient of an Amazon best seller award for the 1999 National Electrical Code Handbook. He has taught and spoken at electrical industry events around the US and internationally. He was the keynote speaker for the Electric West trade show in 1996 and was the keynote speaker for the IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society in 2018.

Mark R. Hilbert is a retired Chief Electrical Inspector for the State of New Hampshire and now operates a private electrical inspection, training and consulting business. He is a licensed master electrician in three states, a certified electrical inspector through the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and a Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional. He is the electrical authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) on behalf of Hoydar-Buck, Inc. and currently serves as the Deputy Electrical AHJ for the Portsmouth and Paducah DOE sites. He is a former member of NEC Code Making Panel 4 and is currently a principle member and Chair of NEC Code Making Panel 2.  He serves on the NFPA 79 Committee regarding Electrical Equipment on Industrial Machinery. He is an IAEI and NFPA seminar instructor and has taught the NEC, NFPA 79 and NFPA 70E domestically and internationally for over 17 years.

Chuck Mello received a BS degree in Electrical Power Technology with a co-major in Naval Science from Oregon State University in 1972. After 6 years active duty as a commissioned officer serving in various ship engineering officer positions, he went to work for Electro-Test, Inc. (ETI).  Starting in 1977 and going through 2003 he held the positions of Field Engineer, Senior Field Engineer, Operations Supervisor, Area Manager, and Director of Training and Standards. As a Senior Field Engineer, he relocated and started the ETI operations in Portland, Oregon in 1983. Starting in 1980 Chuck began conducting Field Evaluations as part of the service offerings from ETI in response to needs expressed by local electrical inspection authorities. With the growth of the conformity assessment business, in 1996 Chuck assumed a new corporate position for ETI as the Manager Conformity Assessment overseeing two NRTL laboratories, field evaluations, SEMI evaluations and CE evaluation operations on a corporate wide basis. In January 2004, Chuck left ETI and began work for Underwriters Laboratories as the Field Evaluation Program Manager where he oversees the overall business for field evaluations within UL to ensure UL provides rapid response and consistent operations globally. He continues to participate in development of standards and guidelines for Field Evaluation competency and practices and was a key author and contributor to the two new NFPA standards on these subjects. Chuck retired from UL at the end of 2016. Chuck has held NETA Senior Test Technician Certification and NICET Senior Engineering Technician certifications. He also holds a Master Electrician license from the State of Colorado and has held Master Electrician and Electrical Contractor licenses in Louisiana, New Orleans, New Mexico, and Nevada. He is a member of IAEI, IEEE and NFPA and has held positions on Chapter, Section and the International Board of Directors since 1987. Chuck served as the International President for the IAEI in 2011. He has been a student of the National Electrical Code since 1965 and has been a principle member of Code Making Panel 5 from 1996 to 2017. He is a nationally recognized speaker on the NEC, grounding and bonding, high voltage power systems, electrical safety, and field evaluations.

David G. Humphrey began his career in the electrical industry in 1978 where he worked as an electrician for ten years. He became an electrical inspector for Henrico County, Virginia, in 1988 and was promoted to the senior electrical inspector in 1995. In 2005 David was promoted to his current position as electrical plan review engineer. David has served IAEI as a Virginia Chapter President and Southern Section President. David is certified as a 1&2 Family, General Electrical Inspector, Electrical Plans Examiner and he holds a Virginia Master Electrician's certification. David was an electrical apprentice instructor in Richmond, Virginia, from 1989 until 2005 and he additionally served as an advanced electrical instructor for the Virginia Department of Housing Code Academy. David has conducted numerous electrical seminars and training programs for the Virginia Chapter IAEI and he now serves as a seminar instructor for the IAEI International Office. David serves on the NCPCCI Electrical Exam committee; he has served as the principal IAEI representative on CMP 8 for the 2008 and, 2011 NEC cycles. David has also served as the IAEI representative and Chair of CMP 9 for the 2014, 2017, and 2020 NEC.

Bill McGovern was the previous Electrical Inspection Services Supervisor for the City of Plano, Texas. He is a field evaluator for Intertek Testing Services, has formerly served as a member on NFPA CMP-2 2008-2017 NEC, and formerly served as Chairman on the ICC Electrical Exam Development. Bill served in the United States Marine Corps as an Aircraft Electrician, completed an electrical apprenticeship in the IBEW, and holds a Master Electricians license in the State of Texas.

James J. Rogers is currently the inspector of wires for the town of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts and the owner/operator of Bay State Inspectional Agency. He is an active instructor for the IAEI and NFPA and in the past has taught for IBEW Local 103. Jim currently represents IAEI as the principal member and Chairman of CMP-4, and he also is a principal member of the NFPA 303 committee on boatyards and marinas. Jim is the Cape & Islands Chapter delegate to the Eastern Section and the Secretary of the Eastern Section. He also serves on the Massachusetts Electrical Code Committee and the Massachusetts Electrical Interpretations Committee.


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