“Employees need to help one another grow and develop. You can be book smart, but without real experience it won’t help the company.”
—AMANDA WITHAM, regional operations
manager, Crescent Electric Supply,
Amanda Witham is a 14-year veteran of the electrical indus- try and was a member of tED’s
inaugural “ 30 Under 35” class in
2012. Here, she shares her thoughts
on industry training:
How has training helped advance
your career? I’ve gotten most of my
industry training at NAED meetings.
The sessions have taught me a great
deal about our industry and helped
me to address certain topics in my
company so we can start putting
plans in place to be prepared for the
How does your company encourage
you to complete industry training?
Crescent believes that training is a
key foundation for all of our employees and encourages employees in all
roles to use EPEC. Once employees
pass an EPEC level they receive a
monetary reward to recognize their
work and effort.
What was your biggest “aha”
moment when it comes to training?
It was during an education breakout
session that focused on NAED’s SPA
white paper at last year’s NAED
Eastern Region Conference. The session and paper were fantastic examples of why the work NAED does is
so important to every member’s
company…because, no matter how
big or small, we all face similar
21/ Amanda started her career in electrical
distribution as an intern at GE
Supply when she was 21.
8/ Amanda attends up to eight industry meetings
3/ Amanda has served on the NAED Eastern
Region Committee for three
years and is the incoming
chair of NAED’s Women in
180/ Amanda walked a total
of 180 miles while participating in three Susan G. Koman
Breast Cancer Walks.