Over the last three decades she has inspired hundreds of INTREN employees, in what was once a simple trenching company, to grow and transform to offer our customers multifaceted business solutions in the electric, gas and professional services fields. Whether working underground or overhead, or in amazing places in between, our team is challenged to think proactively and give their very best, as reflected in our company motto: OutPerforming. Everyday.
Today, INTREN is 1900 people strong and active in more than 10 states. Our company continues to grow and explore all facets of the energy industry and Loretta’s premise of attentive service, meeting and exceeding customers’ needs, still guides us. Thank you to everyone who has helped Loretta build a strong, nationwide utility service provider committed to excellence and innovative solutions. We consider it a privilege and an honor to work with each of you. Together, we look forward to another sensational 30 years of INSPIRING WHAT’S NEXT!
Most recently, Martinez served as Senior Vice President & Interim Chief Financial Officer for Hill International, Inc., based in Philadelphia, PA, one of the largest construction consulting firms in the world providing project management and construction consulting services to public and private clients worldwide, where he oversaw the firm’s accounting, financing, tax, and reporting sectors. Prior to Hill International, Martinez was a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Pernix Group, Inc., an international construction contractor in energy, commercial, industrial, and government segments. Martinez also led as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, and in other leadership roles for nearly eighteen years at MYR Group Inc., a construction engineering company focused on the electrical infrastructure service industry in the U.S. and Canada.
“We are excited to add Marco to our leadership team. His deep construction knowledge together with his broad experience in performance improvement will be a great asset for us. He has previously demonstrated his ability to jump in quickly and make an impact and we look forward to having his insights,” said CEO Kelly Tomblin.
Martinez earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Public Accounting and his Master of Science in Finance from Loyola University of Chicago. He is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. In his free time, Martinez enjoys a healthy lifestyle by jogging, swimming, bicycling, and playing basketball. He lives with his wife, Carrie, and two children, Alyssa and Alec, in Orland Park, IL.
Walter most recently served as the Director of Safety and Quality for I.B. Abel, Inc., in York, PA--the single point of contact for one of the largest investor-owned utilities in the northeast U.S.—where she oversaw the safety program and developed and implemented many process improvement initiatives and performance metrics. Prior to her position at I.B. Abel, she also worked for many years at PPL Electric Utilities Corporation of Allentown, PA, most recently as Manager (Distribution Portfolio Management) and earlier, in many other leadership roles in Transmission, Asset Maintenance & Reliability, Mobile Operations Management and Distribution Asset Management.
“I’m excited about INTREN having the opportunity to hire someone with Jill’s qualifications,” said Senior Vice President of Electrical Operations Dennis Bednarski. “Jill is also from the region, so we can ensure that the cultural influence from the East Coast will be well represented.”
Jill received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (with a Business Minor) from Villanova University in Villanova, PA and her Master of Business Administration (with a Supply Chain Management Concentration) from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. She also earned several professional certificates and designations: Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP), Power Technology certificate, Professional Engineer, OSHA 10 and 20 certifications, Silica – Competent Person Trainer.
Outside of work, Jill volunteers for Girls on the Run Lehigh Valley as well as the United Way. She also enjoys coaching her son’s soccer team, running, hiking and spending time at the beach. She resides in Allentown, PA with her son, Finn (6), her daughter, Regan (5) and their dog Maggie (10-year-old Boxer).
In the ENR Midwest 2018 Top Specialty Contractors rankings INTREN ranked #4, while five of our regional offices also placed in the Top 10.
#2 in Illinois
#8 in Kansas
#9 in Ohio
#10 in Missouri
#10 in Wisconsin
Thank you to our customers who continue to support us and to all our employees who outperform every day!
Shortly after, Illinois experienced a housing boom and utility companies couldn’t keep up with installing new home services. With a $15,000 loan from a female friend, Loretta was able to afford insurance premiums and started bidding jobs for the local utility.
In 1993, Loretta had the foresight to become certified with WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council). That relationship gave her an early edge with utility companies who were looking to expand their minority diversity spend.
As the only female, she was met with opposition. However, all the utility companies were concerned with was delivery and Loretta delivered. Soon Trench-It moved into electric overhead and underground and then gas services. By 2009, she changed the name to INTREN; the “IN” standing for integrity.
During the late 2000 recession when the business slowdown forced cutbacks, Loretta started looking outside of Illinois and took small jobs that no one else wanted. When the economy came back, INTREN’s footprint quadrupled and they were instantly in 10 markets across the country.
To Loretta, stewardship “caring for other’s priorities as if they were our own” is not just a way of doing business; it is a way of life. By weaving this into the very fabric of INTREN’s culture, Loretta and the company have succeeded in earning the respect and support of peers, customers and the communities INTREN serves. And that has always been Loretta’s purpose--to serve and to make a difference. You see it in her mentoring of dozens of MWBE companies and the hundreds of charitable organizations she supports and how she passionately takes care of her customers and employees.
In 2017, Loretta stepped up to Chairwoman of the Board, and hired utility industry-veteran Kelly Tomblin as CEO. Together, their vision for the future is to acquire and mentor additional MWBE companies, while continuing to strategically expand into new regions and deepen INTREN’s breath of services.
Now with 13 regional offices, 2,000 employees from coast-to-coast, and additional services in transmission and vegetation management, their vision is becoming a reality.
Industry-Veteran Drove Tremendous Growth Throughout the MidwestUnion, IL, October 10, 2018 - INTREN is proud to announce that Regional Vice President of Midwest Operations, Dennis Bednarski, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Electrical Operations, effective immediately.
"Dennis has been instrumental in driving tremendous growth throughout the Midwest region, while continuing to improve operational performance and service levels for our customers," said INTREN CEO Kelly Tomblin. "His leadership ability has expanded his region by 300%, both geographically and in depth of services."
Since joining INTREN in October of 2015, Bednarski managed the Midwest region, which served utility customers in Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Michigan. reporting to Dennis will be Regional Vice President Sean Hughes, Jason Combs and Andy Carmean.
"Dennis' ability to align his team on training, safety, quality and work force development has made him an exceptional leader," said President Lance Rosenmayer. He empowers his people and brings synergies across the organization, which was also a kay factor in promoting him to run the electrical services divisions."
Prior to INTREN, Dennis was the General Manager of Electric Distribution, Water and Fleet for the City of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He also managed multiple departments for the City with a focus on safety, efficiencies, responsible budgeting and customer satisfaction.
Dennis also worked at ComEd for 22 years, serving in his later years as Manager, Joliet and Area Manager of the Elgin/Aurora offices. He has also been on the Board of Directors of the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW) and the Wisconsin Public Power Association (WPPI), along with serving on numerous boards and tech schools in Wisconsin.
Dennis earned his bachelor's degree in Business and Management from National Louis University. Along with his wife Karen, and son Anton, he also farms in Watertown, Wisconsin.
"The Focus Forward Diversity Academy was an exceptional program that offered multiple benefits," said Keith Garvey, "It gave us the opportunity to meet BGE buyers and better understand their processes and selection criteria. The academy also gave us a chance to interact and build stronger relationships with both diverse regional companies and senior executives from BGE."
The Academy is one of several initiatives which helped BGE receive national recognition by Edison Electric Institute (EEI) this spring for its commitment to increase business and relationships with diverse suppliers.
The graduation's guest speaker Calvin Butler, CEO of BGE, said since becoming CEO at BGE he has seen a steady improvement in efficiencies and productivity by having a diverse team. He said BGE has done better financially each year, and the company's diversity spend increased from 14% in 2013 to what will be near 33% this year. Butler also shared that 29 companies that graduated from Focus Forward received contracts valued at $150M.
"Our opportunity to participate in the Focus Forward Academy means that we are joining a very distinguished group of graduates. Last year, several graduates of this program successfully competed and won major awards," said Lloyd Gillespie.
BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation. With headquarters in Baltimore, MD, BGE was founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility and currently is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility.
In accordance with INTREN's 2018 strategic initiatives, the INTREN Gas Division is experiencing significant growth. INTREN has been recently awarded a series of contracts across its various operating regions, and more manpower is crucial in preparations for this dramatic growth. George will continue to build upon East Coast Regional offices, increase INTREN's market share with existing major utility companies, and identify new revenue streams and market opportunities.
"We're very excited to have George join our team," Jeff Nauman, Vice President of Gas Operations, stated. "With our east coast gas teams in Philadelphia and Baltimore experiencing such rapid growth, combined with numerous new opportunities, the timing was right to add a Director of Operations located on the east coast who is solely dedicated to our customers in that region. This move also allows Doug Anderson [Director of Operations, Midwest Gas] to focus on our Midwest gas customers where we are also experiencing significant growth with several other new opportunities."
Matt Turk, Executive Vice President of Customer Solutions, gave his opinion on the hire. "With growth in our gas division, this is the perfect time to have both Midwest and East Coast directors of operations. We're excited that George joined the team and that Doug can focus on the Midwest."
INTREN, one of the nation’s largest certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) specialty utility contractors, today announced they have closed the transaction to acquire Indiana-based Miller Construction Company, Inc., a third-generation full-service electrical contracting company, which is also a leading WBE. INTREN’s focus now is a thoughtful integration of both companies.
“An acquisition evokes a myriad of emotions for employees and our focus now is on bringing our teams together in a way that minimizes any concerns,” said INTREN CEO Kelly Tomblin. Miller has an extraordinary team and we want to make sure they continue operations with as little interruption as possible. My intention is to assemble a creative integration team that will uncover and implement the best practices of both companies.”
Miller Construction’s 175 employees join INTREN’s 1,700-strong team to provide more to complete service offering through a wider geographic reach. Company President Andy Carmean will continue to oversee Miller activities and will join INTREN as Regional Vice President serving the Indianapolis and St. Louis markets. Christina Ernst, CEO of the Miller Construction Company, will join the woman-controlled INTREN Board of Directors, one of the few in America’s utility contractor space.
“Today, Miller employees are officially a part of the INTREN family, said Tomblin. However, we will continue to honor the Miller legacy and the three generations that built this extraordinary company. Our companies share similar roots, along with the same culture and values that are centered upon a deep customer focus, an ongoing commitment to safety, and a true caring for our employees and the communities we serve.”
INTREN Founder and Board Chair Loretta Rosenmayer stressed that INTREN’s acquisition furthers her vision of creating a national full-service company. “Our goal is not only to build the best women-owned business and woman-controlled board, but to be the best overall total-solutions provider for our customers. INTREN’s and Miller’s shared values of stewardship, integrity and customer focus will guide us, and firmly support our belief that companies do well in the marketplace by doing good,” Rosenmayer added.
This acquisition is in response to requests from our customers and the marketplace. We are expanding our transmission capabilities and expertise, and adding other services such as equipment testing, vegetation management and innovative professional services while maintaining the same safety, quality, and customer focus that INTREN has provided for nearly thirty years. We are now well-positioned to grow further and be even better partners for our customers in the future,” added Tomblin.
“As a family-owned and operated WBE, Miller Construction Company is thrilled to join the INTREN family,” Christina Ernst said. “Not only does INTREN embody the principles and values of Miller Construction Company, but we provide complementary services that will help INTREN achieve continuous growth and become a total utility solutions provider. Together we are well-positioned for industry leadership that will provide creative solutions for our customers. I look forward to serving on the Board and continuing to help advise the combined companies.”
INTREN’s acquisition of Miller Construction Company shows the industry that diverse companies can combine to create a different and innovative workplace offering. INTREN’s latest growth to meet the infrastructure needs of the utility marketplace reflects their 30-year trajectory that was bolstered in 2017, when One Equity Partners became a minority investor, providing significant funding for future growth.
On Thursday, June 14, 2018, James Althoff from our Business Development department graduated from a nearly year-long leadership program in McHenry County: Leadership Greater McHenry County (LGMC). Unlike a more traditional skills based approach to leadership, James described LGMC as teaching its students to focus on understanding "what issues affect us, regionally, locally, and nationally".
Leadership can be viewed through a narrow lens as a tool to only be utilized in the workplace, but James learned how to utilize leadership skills to better serve the community. To that end, he studied Human Trafficking.
Human trafficking is an insidious problem in the Midwest, often times connected to drug routes flowing through Chicago. "Chicago, Rockford, McHenry are known as the trafficking triangle," James said. In addition to learning communication skills and other typical facets of leadership, James also learned to apply a leadership perspective to a broader angle. Part of why human trafficking continues to plague this region is that "we live in a bubble, so we don't see the periphery". People have to step up in their communities and assume leadership roles in order to combat issues pervading the local area.
Other teams in the program studied issues such as opioid addition or economic issues. James and the other graduates learned to "connect, educate, [and inspire engagement] in the community", and doing so manifested itself through the variety of topics people dove into.
"It's really harder than it seems, it's trying to find out what your passion is and giving back to the community in some way," James said.
James is the 4th INTREN employee to complete the program, joining Sue Clarke, Mary Lucarelli, and Christina Mazhary as a fellow graduate of LGMC.