AVANGRID Announces Team Competing at International Lineman's Rodeo

UI line workers at the June in-house rodeo. Line workers from UI, RG&E, CMP and NYSEG make up Team AVANGRID.

UI line workers at the June in-house rodeo. Line workers from UI, RG&E, CMP and NYSEG make up Team AVANGRID.

Let’s meet the AVANGRID All Stars.

They aren’t ballplayers, competing on a baseball diamond. They are line workers, who will put their skills to the test in Overland Park, Kansas at the 2019 International Lineman’s Rodeo in October.

In honor of Lineworker Appreciation Day on July 10, AVANGRID announced the team of line workers that will compete at the Rodeo for the first time as a unified AVANGRID group representing RG&E, NYSEG, CMP and UI. Last month, each operating company held in-house rodeos to select the team – consisting of line workers, apprentices and judges.

“I want to thank all of our line workers on Lineworker Appreciation Day and I know all employees will be proud of our AVANGRID team members when they compete in October,” said Tom Depeter, Senior Director Electric Operations.

United Illuminating In-House Rodeo

United Illuminating In-House Rodeo

Here’s the team:

• UI: William Coleman, Jason Wilson, David Horan, Jessie Burnham (Line workers); Steve Casini, Zach Trapp (Apprentices); James Respeto, Steve Fargo (Judges); Respeto, Christine Pariseau, Jadis Joyner (Facilitator, Organizers)

• RG&E: Line workers: Brian Christy, Kody Goutremout, Scott Shamp, Lucas Cummings(alternate from NYSEG); Ben Lang, Jay Kurtz (Apprentices); Brett Winter, Brian Hessel (Judges); Mike Hoffman (Coordinator)

• NYSEG: Timothy Smith, Brett Pendorf, Wade Huebner, Michael Jackson (Line workers); Jeremey Peck, Emmitt Houston (Apprentices); Tim Garceau, Kristine Buchanan (Judges); James Fiallo (Coordinator)

• CMP: Andrew Mckee, Brian Wagner, Eric Fletcher, Todd Hatch (Line workers); Troy Ellis(Apprentice); Jeff Howes, Tom Sansouci (Judges); Tim Robbins (Coordinator)

The Rodeo, held every October in Overland Park, Kansas, is the premier line worker event in the world. The Rodeo attracts the best line workers from around the world to compete in events based on traditional line worker tasks and safety skills. The competition is divided into Journeyman and Apprentice divisions and features events like the pole climb, mystery events and hurt-man rescue.

“The AVANGRID Team will exemplify the company’s commitment to safety as core value. We’ll be focused on representing AVANGRID well on the international stage, but our top priority is improving our safety skills,” said Mike Craven, Senior Director Electric Operations.

The first Lineman’s Rodeo was held in September 1984, with 12 participating teams. The Rodeo has grown to more than 200 teams. Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) salute the nation’s nearly 75,000 electrical line workers by observing Lineworker Appreciation Day every July 10. Learn more about the Rodeo here.