Don’s Bio

After high school graduation, Don served an apprenticeship in the IBEW through Local Union 505 in Mobile, Alabama. He completed his apprenticeship, becoming a Journeyman in 1979. Don comes from a long line of electricians. His father and grandfather were electricians, as well as his brother and two of his uncles. His father was an important influence in the Mobile area in the 1970’s and 1980’s in the electrical industry. Don’s father was the President of one of the largest electrical contracting firms in Mobile. His father served on the City of Mobile board of electrical examiners, National Electrical Contractors Association, and the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee. The apprenticeship training facility of IBEW Local Union 505 is dedicated to his father’s memory.

With more than thirty-five years of experience as a construction electrician, industrial maintenance electrician, foreman, estimator, estimating manager, and project manager, Don has used what he learned to lead in the implementation of estimating software with three electrical contractors where he has worked.

Estimating for small contractors to multi-million dollar contractors has provided him with the experience and knowledge of electrical estimating and contracting. Don’s estimating experience will allow him to bring the best structure, philosophy, technique, and methods to provide you with the best training possible.

During the Expanded 2-Day training session he was taking at ACCUBID™ Systems in Toronto, Canada several years ago, Don said to the trainer, “I will never give up my take-off sheets!” After grasping the power of the program, take-off libraries, and the database, Don began to master the system and it has revolutionized his take-off methods and efficiency. His annual estimating volume went from $25 million to $55 million and he gave up his take-off sheets. He’s gone “paperless” in estimating and hasn’t looked back since.

Don has seventeen years of experience in the construction field and eighteen years of office experience and he has personally estimated over $700 million dollars in electrical projects.

Don holds a B.S. in Business Management / Theology graduating Cum Laude and he also holds a M.Ed.
He currently lives in Niagara Falls, Ontario with his wife of 40 years. They have four daughters and two grandchildren.

Don’s Track Record

  • Going paperless in estimating
  • Coaching new estimators
  • Establishing company standards and procedures
  • Detail project turn over to project management
  • Maximize software use

Estimating Experience

  • Commercial
  • Institutional
  • Correctional
  • Medical Facilities
  • Lighting Retrofits
  • Water Treatment Plants
  • Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Tenant Build outs
  • Retail Space
  • Gas Plants
  • Industrial Skids
  • Hazardous Locations
  • Multi-story Buildings
  • FAA – Airports

Field Experience

  • Commercial Construction
  • Industrial Construction
  • Industrial maintenance electrician
  • Water treatment facilities
  • Wastewater facilities
  • Hazardous Location installations
  • Emergency Generators
  • Lighting Retrofitting
  • Utility upgrades
  • Fire Alarm Systems
  • Security systems
  • Fibre Optics
  • Data Communications
  • 5KV & 15KV high voltage systems

Management Experience

  • Project Manager
  • Estimating Manager
  • Assist customers in design and plan review of electrical installations.
  • Estimating software experience with ACCUBID™, McCormick™, ConEst™
  • Database manager for electrical estimating programs – ACCUBID™, McCormick™.