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Get ready to join us in New Orleans for the 3rd Annual Trainers Conference and Tradeshow from February 27 - March 2, 2023!


This year we will focus on EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION. New lineworkers are joining our industry every day. They’re coming into your training programs with different expectations than in the past. Some are prepared, but many are not. It’s time to consider updating or expanding your training program for the next generation. The Trainers Conference and Tradeshow in New Orleans is your chance to hear from your peers about what’s working and what’s not. 


We are proud to offer fresh session topics from new and dynamic speakers. Learn about the challenges of Training the Next Generation, how to approach differences in Generational Divides, or learn about Re-Tooling Your Training Program, and so much more! Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with on-site exhibitors displaying cutting-edge products and services for the electric utility industry.


Come see us in New Orleans, or check out our virtual experience, and discover what the industry’s brightest minds have to say about the latest trends in recruiting, training, and retaining good employees. It’s all about empowering the next generation of lineworkers, and you do not want to miss this four-day event, packed with learning and networking opportunities!

From all of us at T&D PowerSkills and ISPC, we look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

Laissez les bon temps rouler!


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Ronald J. Schenk, CUSP

Ron is a Director and co-founder of T&D PowerSkills, LLC, the Institute for Safety in Powerline Construction, Inc. (ISPC), and Safety Management International, LLC (SMI).  Ron’s 30 years of service includes on-staff, as Director of Training for a large regional powerline contractor and training and safety consulting for electric utilities around the United States and the Caribbean.  Ron is a past Director of Utility Safety and Operations Network (USOLN) and is a Certified Utility Safety Professional.

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Mack Turner, CUSP

Mack is Executive Director of ISPC and a Director of both SMI, LLC and T&D PowerSkills, LLC.  Mack is a past Chairman of the Board for USOLN and helped to create the Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) program and credential, earning him the distinction.  He has been actively involved in training and safety, on-staff for investor-owned utilities, and in safety management for a large powerline contractor.  Mack recently received the John McRae Safety Leadership award by USOLN. For the past several years, through ISPC, Mack has helped hundreds of utilities and contractors become more effective in lineworker safety.  


Jim Vaughn, CUSP

Jim is a Senior Consultant with ISPC and works throughout North America assisting utilities and contractors with technical training on high-voltage systems.  Jim began his career 40 years ago as an IBEW Journeyman Lineman, but for the past 20 years, Jim has worked on-staff with electric utilities, several large contractors, as well as in academia, in various roles concerning safety and training for lineworkers.  Jim has numerous certifications and has been awarded the John McRae Safety Leadership award by USOLN and is a Certified Utility Safety Professional.


Kenneth Pardue, COSS

Kenneth is Vice President and General Manager for T&D PowerSkills, LLC and is a Director of SMI, LLC.  Responsible for daily management and operations of T&D PowerSkills, Kenneth’s 15 years of service has allowed him to create and maintain the most effective lineworker training program in the industry. He also oversees the different delivery models for the training materials, including high definition delivery through the Learning Management System.  Kenneth is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist.

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Will Duniven, CLCP

Will Duniven is a proud 25-year electric co-op employee and currently the Job Training and Human Resource Administrator for Big Country Electric Cooperative (BCEC) in Roby, TX. He is transitioning into the Vice President of Operations role for BCEC, which he will assume in January 2023.


Will began his career as a Meter Reader at the former Stamford Electric Cooperative, now BCEC, in 1997 and progressed through the Lineman ranks before earning his CLCP (Certified Loss Control Professional) Certificate and becoming Safety Coordinator. Will also gained experience at another electric co-op as an Office Manager before coming back to BCEC in 2014 as Job Training Coordinator. He holds an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Distribution and Transmission Technology from South Plains College in Levelland, TX, and is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree through Wayland Baptist University in Lubbock, TX. Will is passionate about safety, training, working with purpose, and serving others to help them fulfill their purpose. Will and his family reside near Sweetwater, TX and are involved with their three children's activities as well as their church family.


Jerry Havens, COSS

Jerry is the Director of Sales for T&D PowerSkills, LLC and works with utilities, contractors and colleges on helping to establish lineworker training programs using the T&D PowerSkills program.  Jerry is also instrumental in developing and updating the video-based components of the units, using his background in broadcast media.  Jerry is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist.

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Denver DeWees, CUSP, CSM, CSMC

Denver DeWees, CUSP CSM CSMC is the Electric Utility Director for the City of Aztec, N.M. Denver entered the Electric industry in 1992 as an intern and worked his way up through the ranks. He is a Journeyman Lineman and Substation Electrician; he has held leadership positions from lead lineman through executive management. Denver is very passionate about employee safety and training. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for evaluating and implementing training programs. His greatest goal is to leave the next generation of electric utility workers as trained professionals. The USOLN selected Denver as the first CUSP All-Star, and he was the first person ever to earn a CUSP endorsement in all five categories. Most recently, Denver has accepted a position on the T&D PowerSkills User Development Board.


Jennifer Crews

Jennifer C. Crews is the Director Human Resources for CW Wright Construction Co., LLC - Electric Utility Contractor - Richmond Virginia. She serves as a partner and voice for all employees from Groundman to President. She also establishes and maintains rapport and positive relationships at all levels in the organization to help ensure HR decisions and recommendations are consistently in the best interest of both employees and the company.  Bringing servant leadership to the table utilizing Compassion, Compliance and Common-Sense.  Major focus in this industry and at CW Wright, is to continue to strive to bridge the gap of generational differences to ensure a cohesive, collaborative environment that promotes fluid and safe teamwork.

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David Coleman, CUSP

David Coleman is a combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps who served in both an infantry role and as an instructor. Once transferring from active duty to reserve he began his line career as an underground lineman in Maryland. Working up to foreman on an URD line crew David  continued  to advance his knowledge in the industry by branching out not only in linework but also in fiber optics. In 2017 Mr. Coleman moved over from the operations group and into safety. David’s past as an instructor led the way for a transition to training where his passion for teaching and love for the craft still drives him today. David holds a CUSP, is a NCCER master trainer and an OSHA instructor. He is also an Instructional designer and is working on his CPTD. Mr. Coleman is currently a Training Manager for Primoris Utility Segment Training focusing on the T&D groups compliance and apprentice training.

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Dan Taylor, CUSP

Dan Taylor began his career in his hometown of Loa, Utah working for Garkane Energy. With 38 years of professional experience, he has been a journeyman Lineman for Garkane Energy since January 18, 1986. Dan has been involved with Garkane's safety program for 20 years. He is a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) and also a Certified Loss Control Professional (CLCP). Utilizing his background in transmission, distribution, overhead, underground work, Dan has the knowledge of vital working skills. Dan has been an instructor at the Mesa Hot Line School, Rualite Hot Line School and IPSA Hot Line School. He has taught rubber gloving, distribution and transmission hot sticking.



February 27
Exhibitor Move-In: 12 - 6pm
Conference Registration: 3:30 - 6pm
Welcome Reception: 6:30-8:30pm






(Before November 30, 2022)


In-Person or Virtual Attendance


On-Site Meal Ticket


(Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Breaks over 4 Conference Days)


In-Person or Virtual Attendance


On-Site Meal Ticket


(Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Breaks over 4 Conference Days)

* Attendee VIRTUAL ACCESS will be live, as well as a recording, for both the Breakout Sessions and Seminars. Recordings will be offered to each paying registrant by the end of the conference and available for preview for 60 days.



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Audubon Zoo/Aquarium/ 

Butterfly Garden



WWII Museum

Historical Attractions

French Quarter

Bourbon Street

Jackson Square




Contact Us

Conference Coordinator
VP of Marketing
Ryan Schenk

700 Tchoupitoulas Street

New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Phone Number: (504) 613-2330

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