2016 Electrician of the Year

Klein Tools 2016 Electrician of the Year - Winners!


Klein Tools 2016 Electrician of the Year Grand Prize Winner - Eric Simmons

Eric Simmons

  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Region: 2 - Southwest
  • “We are trying to continually evolve...the industry is moving forward and we are trying to stay at the forefront.”
Klein Tools 2016 Electrician of the Year 2nd Place Winner - Bill Budz

Bill Budz

  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Region: 3 - Central North
  • “To me, it's important to think about safety, not as an afterthought...”
Klein Tools 2016 Electrician of the Year 3rd Place Winner - John Ellington

John Ellington

  • Location: Chatfield, Texas
  • Region: 4 - Central South
  • “If we are not keeping ourselves safe and making good decisions, we're not gonna be able to help the public.”

The Prizes

Regional Winners

All Six Regional Winners will get the ULTIMATE GARAGE PACKAGE!

Klein Tools - Electrician of the Year - Ultimate Garage Package Prize
Klein Tools - Electrician of the Year - Region Breakout
Yeti Cooler - x1, Beverage Tools - x2, Koozies - x6, Klein Stools - x2, Header Panel Kit - x3, Modular Wall Panels - x6, 6" Panel Peg Hooks (Bag of 10) - x1, 4" Panel Peg Hooks (Bag of 10) - x1, 41 Piece Klein Tools Set - x1 ($1500 value based on minimum advertised price)

Grand Prize

Tools for 10 Years!

The winning Electrician of The Year, chosen from the Six Regional Winners, will receive $2,500 worth of Klein tools** each year for the next 10 years! (a prize value of $25,000) **based on Klein Tools' published list price

Runner-Up Prizes:

The Runner-Ups to the Electrician of the Year will receive:*

2nd Prize: $1,250 in Klein tools
3rd Prize: $1,000 in Klein tools
4th, 5th, & 6th Prizes: $750 in Klein tools
*One time transaction.
Klein Tools Electrician of the Year - Grand Prize Check - 10 Years of Tools!

Selection Criteria

Professional Achievement

The nominee exhibits pride of ownership in difficult electrical work. Tell us what sets the nominee's projects apart from the others. Focus on the electrical system and think about how an electrical inspector (or other electricians) would critique the installed work. Please take photos of the craftsmanship and submit with the entry.

Safety Excellence

The nominee takes jobsite safety to the highest standards. Tell us how they have shown a commitment to safety and taken active steps to minimize industry-related injuries through workplace electrical safety education and/or programs. Describe best practices or tips they provide to ensure a safe work environment.

Community Dedication

The nominee provides a valuable community service. Community service efforts are not limited to the electrical industry and can be any type of community service. Provide a description of the activity and who it benefited, photos, people involved, and outcomes.

Klein Tools administers the selection process for regional and national Electrician of the Year awards. All decisions regarding the winners will be made by Klein Tools' team consisting of five members and their sole judgement. Offer valid for US residents only.