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Johnathan Quong

President, Master Electrician
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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.

Jeremy  Van Ornum /

Jeremy Van Ornum

Master Electrician
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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 eyesore 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?"

Sam Rabe /

Sam Rabe

Journeyman Electrician
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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.

Zach  Whitcomb /

Zach Whitcomb

Journeyman Electrician
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Zach began his career as a part-time office manager at NEE in 2016. 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 /

Andrew (Drew) Rickard

Journeyman Electrician
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Drew joined the NEE team in 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.

Rand  Whitney /

Rand Whitney

Business Operations Manager
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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.

Daniel Lyons /

Daniel Lyons

Journeyman Electrician
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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. 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.

Joshua Bass /

Joshua Bass

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An adventurer at heart, Joshua has explored numerous careers and climates. Although born and raised in Vermont, he spent some years living and learning in Hawaii after a cross country cycling trip. 

While in Hawaii, he attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo, where he studied Linguistics, becoming gradually more familiar with Hawaiian and Japanese culture through their respective languages. Throughout his life he has also held many jobs, including cook, farmhand, tutor and laborer. 

In his free time, Joshua enjoys diverse athletics such as, lifting, hiking, yoga, and basketball. If it includes movement he is into it. He also occasionally enjoys making music with a wide variety of sounds and instruments. 

Eventually, his love of physical activity and problem solving led him toward a career in the trades. He is excited to be working with New England Electric, learning from skilled electricians and providing quality workmanship.

Sean Harding /

Sean Harding

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Sean grew up in Bar Harbor, Maine, right outside Acadia National Park. After receiving his degree at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, he decided to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps and pursue a career as an electrician. After working with his father for several years, he moved to Vermont and begin working with New England Electric. When he’s not in school or at work, he’s playing basketball, disc golfing, or relaxing at home.

Aaron Simmers /

Aaron Simmers

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Aaron started his 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.

James Powers /

James Powers

Office Manager
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A native of the Philadelphia area and graduate of Temple University, Jim wrote for an industrial engineering magazine for seven years before moving to Vermont in 1999. After working for a local landscaping and painting firm, he started his own painting company, employing as many as six people at a time and managing all aspects of the business. His greatest rewards from self-employment were the relationships he developed with his customers and the sense of accomplishment he shared with his employees after a job well done.
Jim and his wife, Beth, live in South Burlington and can usually be found hiking mountains every weekend of the year, and his daughter is an Honors College freshman at the University of Vermont.