Resume : Ron Schenk

President, the Institute for Safety in Powerline Construction
Executive Director, T&D PowerSkills, LLC

Summary of Qualifications

Ron Schenk’s career in the Electric Utility Industry spans 30 years and includes 10 years as Executive Director of ISPC, 6 years as a management consultant with FMI Management Consultants and 14 years on staff with Red Simpson, Inc., an ENR top 5 electrical contractor.  Ron has experience with corporate safety management, field productivity, field safety, training and executive management with utilities and contractors across the nation.  In addition to a bachelor’s degree in business, Ron is a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP).  Ron is Executive Director of the Institute for Safety in Powerline Construction (ISPC), an Electric Utility Industry Association focusing on safety and training for lineworkers.  Ron is also an owner and a Director of T&D PowerSkills, LLC

Prior Employment

  • Red Simpson, Inc., Alexandria, LA: Director of Training.  From 1994 to 2004.  Reporting to John Simpson, CEO.                          
  • Universal Electric Construction Co., Diboll, TX: Director of Training.  From 1990 to 1994.  Reporting to Bill Fulmer, Ex. VP (this Company was acquired by Red Simpson, Inc. and merged into their operations in 1994)
  • FMI Management Consultants: Raleigh, NC.  Senior Consultant.  From 1984 to 1990.  Based in the Tampa, FL office reporting to Hoyt Lowder, Sr. VP and Director.


Consulting Clients

The following represents a sample list of contractors and utilites for whom Schenk has provided consulting and training services:  

  • ElectriCities of North Carolina
  • Public Works Commission,
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Pike Electric
  • Team Fishel Co.
  • Duke Energy
  • International Transmission Co.
  • T&D Solutions, LLC  
  • E.ON - US (LG&E)
  • Southeast Lineman Training Center 
  • Minnesota Rural Electric Association
  • El Paso Electric
  • CARILEC, an Association of Electric Utilities in the Caribbean
  • Kauai Island Electric Utility
  • Hawaii Electricians Training Fund
  • Saudi Aramco
  • National Grid, Saudi Arabi

Published Articles

“Safety v/s Compliance” – The Future of T&D Safety Management for Crew Leaders.  Electric Energy (June, 2014)

“The Supervisory Series” – 6 article series on Powerline Crew Supervision
Incident Prevention (2010 – 2011)

“How to Create a Safety Culture”
 CARILEC Industry Journal (2010)

“Live-Line Training for Lineworkers”
CARILEC Industry Journal (2010)

“Training and Qualification Standards for Lineworkers”
CARILEC Industry Journal (2009)

“The Lineman Debate Revisited”
Incident Prevention (November/December 2006)

“When is a Lineman a Lineman?”
Incident Prevention (July/August 2006)

“Managing Stress on the Construction Job Site”
The Contractors Management Journal  (January 1989)

“The Operating Budget – A Tactical Management Tool”
The Contractors Management Journal  (August 1987)

Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of South Florida
  • Associate of Science, Indiana Vocational-Technical Institute
  • Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS), Louisiana State University
  • Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP), USOLN


Military Record

  • United States Army, March, 1968 to March, 1974.  Rank: Sergeant E-5
  • Vietnam Duty, Dec., 1968 to Dec., 1969
  • Honorable Discharge