Thursday, March 24, 2022
Terry Seabury, WECA's Executive Director and CEO, is celebrating a milestone anniversary with the association in 2022--twenty years of leadership!
To mark the occasion, WECA's staff threw a surprise celebration in January, at which board members and staff spoke of Terry's impact on the success of the organization under her stewardship for the past two decades, and shared personal stories of her impact on their careers, the association, and the industry.
At the celebration, everyone enjoyed a video featuring a picture montage of Terry in action at WECA over the past twenty years, and staff also presented her with a signed poster commemorating the milestone (and featuring geese, her favorite professional aphorism being: "Always remember, geese fly in formation 70% faster than they fly alone!"), and then everyone celebrated with cake.
WECA's Board of Directors took up the mantle at WECA's annual strategic planning event this March, and surprised Terry with a gift from the Board and an evening focused on celebrating her milestone. Board President Greg Anderson shared additional words about the Board's appreciation and gratitude for Terry's efforts, and took newer board members on a trip down memory lane as he outlined the early initiatives Terry and the Board took on together, such as the protracted battle--in which WECA ultimately prevailed in 2005--to gain the ability to indenture and train apprentices statewide in California. From a small office on Elvas Ave. in Sacramento in 2002 to five state-of-the-art training facilities across California and Arizona--and further expansion on the horizon--Terry has seen the organization through remarkable transformation as it gains nationwide recognition on the vanguard of electrical and low voltage apprenticeship and training and contractor member services.
Terry thanked everyone involved in planning or attending the surprise celebratory events in her honor, saying:
"This was a surprise for me and I am so thankful to each of you. We all have so much on our plates and that makes what you did for me that much more special to me. The "trip down memory lane" video reminds me of all the great people who helped us pave the way for our ongoing continued success. None of what has been accomplished in the past 20 years could have happened without the Board of Directors and Apprenticeship Training Trust and the contractors who supported, trusted, and believed that we could do it.
"It takes a village" is so very true, and I am fortunate to have the honor of leading this village team and learning from you. We have built some great relationships and friends along the way and knowing that our team enjoys their jobs is the ultimate gift to me. I can’t thank you enough for your commitment to serving our members and students and each other. I am forever proud of this team, current and past, and look forward to continuing to make history. I wouldn’t and couldn’t do any of this without a team like you."
Terry, congratulations on twenty years at WECA! We all know you're just getting started, and that your vision and leadership will continue to guide WECA, its members, apprentices, students, and the merit shop electrical and low voltage industries to new successes. Cheers to everything still to come!