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EGSA Recognizes first "Kelly Challenge" Winner

Posted On: 7-09-2012


EGSA Recognizes First “Kelly Challenge” Winner
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BOCA RATON, FL —In 2011, John Kelly, Jr., then EGSA President, launched the “Kelly Challenge,” an initiative developed by the Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA) to generate branding awareness for the EGSA Certified Technician Program with facility managers across the nation. “We had to find a way to encourage our Membership to use their influence locally to advise their clients of the EGSA Generator Technician Certification standard. The Kelly Challenge was the result of this effort,” stated Kelly, now Immediate Past President of EGSA. “The key is for member companies to make it part of their culture to identify with EGSA and the value that a technician certification brings to the On-Site Power Industry.” he added.

When it comes to drafting and approving standards, the process can be an arduous task. Making in-roads with the facility management industry take time and so does waiting for a Request for Proposal to come out!  However, EGSA is pleased to announce our first Kelly Challenge Winner is David Bratton, Territory Sales Representative for Bay Diesel & Generator in Chesapeake, VA.!

Bay Diesel & Generator is an authorized Generac Dealer for most of Virginia as well as Caterpillar Marine Power, EDM and Scania. Their expertise ranges from Critical Mission facilities such as governmental, medical (hospitals) and data centers throughout Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. They also support a Marine Service Team that troubleshoots and overhauls large shipping vessel power systems.

The goal of the Kelly Challenge is to recognize members who are taking the time to help increase the momentum of the initiative by awarding EGSA Bucks for each specification that is written and distributed publicly that prefers or requires the use of EGSA Certified Generator Technicians. The result of this type of momentum is increased awareness of EGSA, our Members and why the program is important. David Bratton was successful in getting the standard written in to a recent Request for Proposal put out by New Kent County, Virginia.

Kelly Challenge EGSA Bucks do not expire and are awarded to Members for each specification that is written and distributed that prefers or requires the use of EGSA Certified Generator Technicians. “As more RFPs containing our requirement continue to come out, there will be a huge incentive for companies that are serious about generator service and maintenance business to have their technicians certified. It may very well drive Membership up as well,” adds current EGSA President, Michael Pope.”As always, we also welcome ideas and suggestions for building the initiative.”

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, the Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA) is the world’s largest organization exclusively dedicated to the On-Site Power Generation Industry. Comprised of more than 800 companies throughout the U.S. and around the world that make, sell, distribute and use On-Site Power generation technology and equipment, EGSA encourages the exchange of ideas and information for the mutual benefit of its Members, the industry and end-users and serves as a source of information, education and training while actively promoting professionalism, communication and international cooperation. The Association is also the leading authority on recommended practices and the monitoring of performance standards for the On-Site Power Industry.

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