The electrical industry is mourning the death of former NEMA Field Representative John Minick, who passed away on October 8, 2015. He was 72 years old. John was a nationally recognized electrical code expert and a consummate advocate of the electrical industry. Many generations of electrical professionals have been guided and mentored by John’s immense knowledge of the electrical code and electrical code history.
My relationship with John was series of remarkable coincidences. The first seminar I attended as a member of the IAEI was a code workshop instructed by John Minick and Mark Ode. What an amazing experience. Not only was John’s total recall of the NEC incredibly impressive, but his ability to explain the code in a manner both technical and understandable made learning from him effortless. John knew everyone in attendance on a first-name basis, and once he met you for the first time, he never forgot who you were, who you worked for, and where you first met. It was this personal touch that endeared him to so many in the electrical industry. As I sat there in class, I clearly remember thinking that I wanted to be like these guys one day. I wanted to know the code and be able to present the code at this level of expertise. I was deeply inspired.
Several years after this first meeting, I had the opportunity to attend my first IAEI Southern Section Meeting. It was during this event that the second coincidence occurred. On the night of the banquet, John was inducted into the prestigious IAEI Golden Roadrunners Club. I felt so fortunate to be in attendance to witness this great moment in John’s career. Experiencing this event reaffirmed my commitment to the electrical industry and my desire to be an educator and advocate.
On May 19, 2014, I found myself on the ninth floor of Arlington Tower in Rosslyn, Virginia, beginning my first day as the new NEMA Southern Region Field Representative. I could hardly believe it. It was a dream come true. It has been an honor and privilege for me to continue the legacy established by John Minick and the other NEMA Field Representatives. Everywhere I go and every event I attend, at least one person shares with me a John Minick story. They are usually funny or emotional and clearly had an impact on the person telling me the story. What a gift.
I believe we have all been inspired by John and will continue to be inspired by the knowledge and education he has left us with.
Rest in peace, John Minick. You will be missed but never forgotten.