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.
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 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?"
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.
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
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.
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.
Hannah began wiring residences along Colorado's Front Range in 2016. The first three years of her apprenticeship allowed her to work in custom homes, restaurants, and recreational facilities. Craftsmanship, comradery, and variety keep Hannah motivated to learn as much as she can about an ever-changing industry. Prior to entering the electrical trade, Hannah earned a BA in Visual & Media Arts from Emerson College and worked in documentary film production. She also has experience in custom manufacturing, transportation, and outdoor industries. Electrical work has proven to be the most engaging due to its emphasis on integrity and skill. Hannah was raised in Southern Vermont and was the first girl to represent Chester in an all-star little league baseball tournament. She spends much of her free time throwing tennis balls for her dog, skiing, and finding any excuse to climb things.
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.
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.
Rikki Albert II
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