In 1974 Bill Benard was teaching French and Mathematics while coaching soccer and tennis at Berlin Senior High School in Berlin, NH. Circumstances and opportunity influenced a change in his professional development as he became an electrical apprentice in 1981 and subsequently achieved a status of licensed journeymen electrician followed a year later with the master electrician status.
Bill has worked in the construction field as a licensed electrician since that opportunity. He worked in the field performing electrical installations then moved up to a management position assembling estimates, coordinating electrical construction projects, supervising and assisting in the development of other professionals where he worked in the private electrical construction industry. During the evening Bill taught electrical theory and code to budding electrical apprentices at the Vocational Technical College. Another terrific opportunity dropped into his lap in 1997 when he went to work for the Office of the State Fire Marshal as an electrical inspector for the Electricians' Licensing Board. Bill's duties provided him a chance to work with the 7000 licensed electricians in the State of New Hampshire while performing code compliance inspections of electrical installations and enforcement of the electrician licensing laws in this State. Bill continued with his quest to educate fellow electricians as he continued to teach evenings in the Electrical Apprenticeship Training Program and later began providing seminars on Electrical Code Change as continuing education to licensed electricians and guidance to municipal code officials throughout the State. Bill is known by licensed electricians and many inspectors within the State of New Hampshire as an educator who helps them to understand the code and the prescriptive methods of electrical installations as described in NFPA 70 or the National Electrical Code as it is more commonly recognized. Bill will readily admit that he has been blessed with a chance to work with a number of intelligent capable professionals who have contributed to his development and ability to excel in the highly challenging field of electrical code compliance and safe electrical installations.
Bill went to work for Gemini Electric Inc. in Auburn NH in 2008 as the Manager of Safety and Training. In the Spring of 2012 he accepted a similar position with Interstate Electrical Services and now provides a service for electricians throughout New England. He has taken on the challenge of absorbing the direction and regulation of construction safety as determined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA. He continues to educate in electrical code and now construction safety as it applies to employees of a large New Hampshire and now New England electrical contractor. Bill is an active member of professional associations such as the ECBA, IAEI, LRSOA, NHSCOA, and NHBOA. He is an active contributor of NH Skills USA, a national high school vocational student competition. His appointment as the representative of the ECBA to the State Building Code Review Board enables him to continue as a spokesman for construction professionalism and safety in the State of New Hampshire. He hopes to be able to contribute with his experience to the responsibility as undertaken by the members of this Board.