Dwayne Tendick Foreman Employee Spotlight

Meet Dwayne Tendick, one of Price Electrics’ People You Can Rely On. With over 25 years in the industry and 20 years at Price Electric, Dwayne embodies Price Electric’s core value of innovative thinking. As an electrical foreman, he takes pride in finding better ways to improve efficiency and make tasks easier for his colleagues during various installations.

In his spare time, he enjoys working on projects around the house, cooking, and taking short day trips on the weekends.

Could you share with us your favorite projects that you’ve worked on at Price Electric so far?

Certainly! One project that stands out to me was when we replaced the fire alarm panels at Slater Hall dormitory, which is a 13-story high-rise located on the University of Iowa campus.

Additionally, I thoroughly enjoyed working on the fire alarm replacement at the Mental Health Institute in Independence.

Both endeavors involved the unique challenges of keeping an old system operational while installing a new one, all while navigating around people residing and working in the building.

What would it be if you could do another job for one day?

I have a passion for cooking. If given the opportunity, I would enjoy being a chef and becoming an expert in pairing food with fine wines.

Can you share some of your proudest moments at Price Electric?

I have had several proud moments throughout my time at Price Electric. One that stands out is working alongside Kelly Huffracker. Kelly and I collaborated on several University of Iowa projects, which have led to many great stories. The Price Electric Kelly Huffracker Employee of the Year award was named to honor him.

Another significant moment was receiving a call from the Coralville Fire Marshal seeking my opinion on a fire code interpretation.

My expertise allowed me to help assist an engineering company, “Design Engineers,” in redesigning a fire alarm system that previously failed approval from the local fire marshal. Upon completion, the lead electrical engineer expressed admiration, stating, “You possess more knowledge about fire alarms than my entire team.” These experiences reflect my strong relationships with local fire marshals and design teams, which I greatly appreciate and value.

Where is your favorite movie?

My favorite movie is The Hunt for Red October, an American submarine spy thriller.

 Do you have a nickname around the office or worksite?

They call me The Red Dragon – “Just don’t get the red dragon upset.” At the Price Electric Florida location, my nickname is El Dragón Rojo, partly because of the red wire and red conduit I install on my jobs.

What is your favorite meal?

If I had to choose, my favorite meal would be a perfectly cooked sirloin steak.

Have you received any awards or recognition or completed specialized courses or training?

I am proud that ABC has recognized me for my dedication to teaching electrical classes for our apprenticeship program. This recognition spans over ten years. Being an electrical instructor has allowed me to pass on my knowledge and expertise to newer students who are members of ABC working in the trade.

Additionally, I attended a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Alarm Class and achieved my National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) III Fire Alarm Certification. Furthermore, I successfully passed the tests required for NICET Level IV certification in fire alarms.

Where is your favorite place to eat?

My favorite restaurant is the Longhorn Steakhouse in Coralville.

The HITECH Communications Division of Price Electric has merged with Price Electric. Could you tell us about your experience with HITECH?

I have been involved with HITECH Communications since its inception nearly ten years ago. With the company’s growth and changes, I oversee the fire and security systems that Price Electric installs. There are a multitude of things to stay on top of with the support from the Price Electric service department, CAD team, and PMAs.

We are keeping pace with the work at hand. We are always looking for additional team members at Price Electric.

What are three words to describe Price Electric?

Fun-filled adventure.

In a few words, what advice would you give someone considering a profession at Price Electric?

 Absolutely! I would say: “Try it, you’ll like it.” Price Electric is an excellent company to work for.

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