Community News


Welcome New Members

City of North Mankato, Thomas Neubert
Robert Anhorn, Cole’s Electric
- Owatonna, MN
Zain Safdar
- St Cloud, MN

Also, thank you to all of the MEA members who have renewed your memberships for another year—your support really does make this industry stronger!


Rouzer Group Ownership Expands by 2… Rouzer Group is very proud to announce that they have two new business partners, Matt Welch and Heather McNulty! Matt Welch joined our team close to five years ago right after we accepted the RAB line. We figured he would be a good triple threat employee with his sales skills and network/IT background. In 5 short years we have seen there is nothing in this company Matt has not volunteered to take on or be a part of. We are certain we don’t even know some of the things Matt has just done because he saw it needed to be done. Heather McNulty came to us as a referral from a Rouzer employee in an answer to a marketing & operations role we wanted to fill. She instantly made us think of a more professional Rouzer Group. We realized right away what a find Heather was and our challenge was to try and keep up. Heather has put the image and professionalism of the Rouzer Group at a level that we could not have imagined and she has many more plans for the company in the future.

DSG Promotes Melissa Lunak To Chief HR Officer… Lunak will lead DSG’s human resources team in directing and coordinating employment practices for the company’s nearly 700 employee owners. Lunak joined DSG five years ago in the role of HR Director. “Melissa’s experience, passion for the company and advocacy for our most important asset – our employee owners – make her the ideal fit for this expanded role.” says Paul Kennedy, DSG’s Chief Executive Officer.

Smith Schafer & Associates, named one of the fastest-growing the US…
Smith Schafer is proud to announce they have been named one of the FASTEST-GROWING ACCOUNTING FIRMS in the U.S. by The Platt Group/Inside Public Accounting. We rank 2nd in the Great Plains region with a 29.8% all growth rate! This marks the first year in which we have received this recognition.
Congratulations to Federated's Connor Odykirk and Ben Cox...  Connor has been promoted to a DMM in WI, and MEA's new account executive will be Ben Cox effective January 1.  
Congratulations to Michelle Dreier… Michelle has been appointed to the Twin Cities Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council (GMWC). It provides oversight and direction to publicly-funded workforce development services in the Twin Cities region and advises the MN Governor’s Workforce Development Board (GWDB), which has statutory authority and a mission to analyze and recommend workforce development policies to the governor and legislature toward talent development, resource alignment and system effectiveness to ensure a globally competitive workforce for Minnesota.   

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Federated Insurance… for sponsoring Code Classes on Dec 6-7, 11, 14-15, 19. January 4, 4-5, 10-11, 17, 25-26. February 1-2, 1, 8-9, 14, 21-22, March 8, 21; and for sponsoring and hosting the Exam Prep courses on Dec 8-9, Feb 16-17.    
Crescent Electric Supply… for sponsoring Code Class: Dec 6-7, 11, 14-15, 19; and for hosting Code Classes on March 7-8 in Minneapolis.
Werner Electric Supply… for sponsoring & hosting Code Classes on January 17-18 Cottage Grove, Feb 7-8 La Crosse, WI.    
Center for Energy & Environment (CEE)… for sponsoring Code Classes on Dec 6-7, 11, 14-15, 19; January 4, 4-5, 10-11, 17, 25-26; February 1-2, 1, 8-9, 14, 21-22; and March 8, 21.    
Echo Electric Supply… for sponsoring & hosting Code Class Feb 7-8 Worthington    
JH Larson Company… for hosting Code Class Feb 14-15 Plymouth