Washebek has spent the entirety of his 45-year electrical career with Lemberg Electric Company, an ESOP firm near Milwaukee, Wis. He completed his Electrical Apprenticeship in 1982, where he was recognized as the outstanding student of his class. He holds and maintains such certifications as robotics, microelectronics, transformer design, digital electronics, master electrician and electrical design engineer.
Lemberg Electric Company was founded by William and Clara Lemberg in 1928, where it eventually grew to become one of Milwaukee’s largest and most trusted organizations for quality services in electrical construction, custom business signs, data communication, energy technology and commercial electrical service. Today, the firm utilizes 200 total employees to generate annual sales of around $55 million.
INVOLVEMENT WITH NECA
Washebek served as Governor of the Milwaukee Chapter, NECA from 2014 to 2020. He is also Chairman of the Sound and Communications Labor Agreement Committee for the Chapter and sits on the Material Handler Labor Agreement Committee and the Lemberg Sign Labor Agreement Committee. Throughout his career, he has been key to growing NECA’s influence in the Milwaukee region, and has helped secure extensions of various labor agreements between NECA and the IBEW. In 2020, he was installed as a Fellow of the Academy of Electrical Contracting. He is the current Chair of the Codes and Standards Committee.
Washebek said that National Electrical Code changes have made wiring methods much easier to the point of becoming a commodity. Safety on jobsites has become the most important piece of the electrical contracting business, and NFPA 70E requirements have changed how this type of work is performed forever. He added that prefabrication has made the industry rethink how to run jobs and be profitable, and lean construction practices also will remain viable going into the future.
AWAY FROM THE OFFICE
Washebek and his wife Marlene have three grown children and four grandchildren. His leisure time is spent enjoying family activities, hunting, fishing, golfing, collecting firearms and tinkering around with his antique tractors.