Klein Tools has named its 2013 Electrician of the Year: Billy Teaford, a Southeast region finalist from Fincastle, Va., was the winning ballot out of more than 140 entries.
Teaford will receive $5,000 in prizes -- half in Klein tools and half in cash -- as well as an ultimate Klein garage package that includes a 41-piece tool kit, mini-refrigerator, golf bag, bar stools, can insulators, beverage opener tools and peg board.
“Billy demonstrates a passion for electrical safety and professionalism in addition to his charitable work,” said Mark Klein, VP domestic sales at Klein Tools. “His enthusiasm is contagious and has gained the respect and following of his co-workers and neighbors alike.”
Teaford has worked as an electrician at Roanoke Cement for 40 years and has had the same lock-out tag for just as long, as well as an ongoing stretch of zero lost-time accidents.
“No matter what employee it is, they always say, ‘Thank you for letting me work with Billy,’ ” said Dan Babish, Roanoke Cement technical manager. “Billy takes the time to teach them about why they are doing something, how to do it properly and why they are doing it this way to help the shift employees down the road… he takes the time to train the next generation of electricians.”
Teaford also received a nod from Captain Kenneth Argot of the Roanoke Salvation Army, who acknowledged his service to the organization and his initiation of the annual bike drive.