A native Australian, Owner and Electrician Johnathan Quong has resided in Vermont since 2003. John moved to America to pursue his dream of playing college baseball and has remained here ever since. A Natural Resource Biologist, John moved to Vermont to work at Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center. After realizing that advancement in his career would require him to relocate away from Vermont, his professional direction shifted to the electrical trade, a field that John had some experience in as a property owner and manager.
John completed an apprenticeship with a family-owned electrical contractor where he gained significant commercial and residential experience. Once licensed, John proudly launched New England Electric where he is committed to providing service to his customers that is honest, helpful, positive and solution oriented.
John and his wife live in Chittenden County with their three young children. John still enjoys playing baseball in Vermont’s Green Mountain League...and in the back yard with his kids.
Rikki is a veteran who served in the United States Navy as a logistics specialist from 2010-2014. After completing his service he enrolled at the University of Vermont where he majored in history. During and after college Rikki worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a compounding technician and logistics manager. In June 2020 he was hired on as the Office Manager to assist with NEE’s exponential growth. His role will help provide organizational functions to include: customer service, scheduling, invoicing and other administrative functions. Rikki looks forward to helping develop the foundation of NEE where he can assist a young strong company as it services customers in Chittenden, Vermont.
His main enjoyment outside of work is spending time with his young growing family, reading, and watching Curious George while making homemade pizza with the kids
Business Operations Manager
After managing an independent general contractor business for a couple of years, Rand joined the NEE team in December of 2018. As NEE’s manager of Business Operations, Rand is the “process guy” on our team. His experience in organizing & updating many of our behind-the-scenes functions has helped improve external customer communication as well as our internal team communication.
Rand is an avid backcountry skier, and as soon as the snow starts falling we often catch him sneaking out of the NEE office to hit the slopes. A positive attitude and a solutions-based approach are core tenets in his business philosophy.
Jeremy Van Ornum
Jeremy is a Master Electrician. He was the first official hire at NEE and he has been with the company since September of 2013. Jeremy has been working in the industry since 2006, including experience with a commercial roofing company and a local disaster renovations company, where he eventually started his electrical apprenticeship.
His experience spans from large industrial and commercial jobs, to small residential service calls. Jeremy believes the key to being a good electrician starts with a phrase found at the beginning of the electrical code book, "Electrical equipment shall be installed in a neat and workman-like manner.”
Spending a little time to find a solution to the customer's needs in the least invasive way possible, without leaving a mess or an eye soar is the key to his work philosophy.
Jeremy is most often tasked with taking our new apprentices under his wing. And he likes to share with them, the story of when he was an apprentice. He had a foreman who, after Jeremy had done something not to the foreman’s standard, would ask, "Do you want to be known as a good electrician, or a great electrician?"
Josh is a Master Electrician and he joined the NEE team in 2016. He began his electrical career at a vocational high school in Massachusetts, graduating in 2009. Josh believes developing strong relationships with our work partners is very important to the success of the company. And making customers feel they can trust us is just as important as completing the work neatly & on-time.
Josh moved to Vermont after completing 650 miles on the Appalachian Trail, to be closer to the mountains. He enjoys hiking, snowboarding, biking and fishing, and Josh knows Vermonters are very strong hard-working, great people.
Safety Officer, Journeyman Electrician
Sam is a licensed Journeyman Electrician who started with NEE in October 2016. Sam graduated from Champlain College with a BS in Information Technology but quickly learned that he was not cut out for office life. He began his electrical career working on commercial fire alarm systems but really wanted a more personal connection to customers. NEE provides that interaction and Sam takes pride in knowing his customers are happy when the work completed.
In his free time Sam enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and disc golf.
Chris is a licensed Journeyman Electrician. He began his electrical career at NEE in 2014, and he has the distinction of being the first apprentice hired by John. After completing four years of schooling & training, and earning his license, Chris enjoys the challenges his job provides, and trouble shooting is one of his favorite tasks.
Chris grew up in Waitsfield, VT and he enjoys playing baseball, golf and riding snowmobiles during the winter season.
Zach is a fourth-year apprentice. He began his career as a part-time office manager at NEE. In that role, Zach would sometimes supplement the NEE team in the field, when an extra pair of hands were needed on a a job. His true ambition was to be in the field full time, and as the business expanded, a spot opened up & Zach’s ambition was realized.
His philosophy is to be present, open-minded, and available to learn. Zach brings a positive attitude regardless of the job put in front of the him, and he completes the task to the best of his ability, with full effort put forth each and every time.
In his free time, Zach likes to do woodworking (it is said he has a slight addiction to tools) and he also plays flag football and basketball to relax after a days work.
Andrew (Drew) Rickard
Drew is a fourth-year apprentice who joined the NEE team in December of 2019. He brings four years of prior industry experience to his role. Drew prides himself on a high level of craftsmanship and he believes that strong communication yields the best finished product and customer satisfaction.
In his spare time, Drew collects tools of all kinds and most weekends can be found working on his property in Charlotte. Drew enjoys spending time with friends and family and he loves the New England Patriots.
Aaron is a first year apprentice who started his new career with NEE in 2020. As a professional new to the trade, NEE was an excellent fit for learning alongside experienced licensed electricians. Constant learning, problem solving, clean and organized work, listening and making clients happy are Aaron’s favorite aspects of being an electrician. A native Vermonter, he spent some years exploring the mountains and deserts around Lake Tahoe and Salt Lake City before returning home. Aaron has a BA in Business Management from Champlain College and joined NEE after a 15 year career in the action sports event industry. Aaron lives with his wife and daughter in Waterbury, is a volunteer firefighter and spends summers mountain biking his Perry Hill backyard and winters snowboarding at Stowe.
Connor grew up in Falmouth, MA and spent many weekends & vacations in Vermont skiing and visiting family. After going to school in Virginia he moved to Vermont for the mountains and outdoor lifestyle. Where he can enjoy skiing, mountain biking, boating, and hiking. Connor is in his third year of VTC’s electrical apprenticeship program. He joined the NEE team in July of 2020 to pursue his goal of becoming a master electrician. He takes pride in his work, has attention to detail, and is happy to be developing his skills under the tutelage of NEE’s skilled team.
Daniel grew up on a small farm in Bucks county Pennsylvania. He moved to Vermont to attend college and after a long hiatus has found his way back to Chittenden County. Daniel spent nearly a decade working in kitchens before hanging up his chef whites to begin a career in the electrical trade. After spending the first few years in the trade working in large manufacturing plants and commercial buildings, Daniel joined the NEE team in 2020 as a third year apprentice. He is enthusiastic to keep learning new aspects of the trade with NEE as he moves towards his goal to become a journeyman electrician. He believes that above all electrical installations must be safe and it is an electrician's responsibility to protect persons and property from electrical hazards. When at home Daniel enjoys writing and recording music, working on his car, and is always tinkering on a project to learn a new skill.