Jimmy Ferris, Klein Tools’ Electrician of the Year (center), received the award from Greg Palese, vice president of marketing at Klein Tools (left), and Barnaby, host of Klein Tools' Tradesman TV

Klein Tools Announces 2017 Electrician of the Year

Sept. 29, 2017
California electrician, selected from hundreds of entries, gets to take a guest on vacation to one of four destinations.

Klein Tools, Lincolnshire, IL, last night announced the winner of its annual Electrician of the Year award. As the 2017 grand prize winner, Jimmy Ferris of Folsom, CA, a high-voltage substation electrician with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, gets his pick from four iconic American destinations: Charlotte, NC; New York; Las Vegas; or Sturgis, SD. He will also receive a one-time order of $1,500 in premium-quality, professional-grade Klein Tools products. Ferris is also a journeyman electrician and foreman.

“I'm completely honored and absolutely blown away,” Ferris said in a Klein Tools release. “Our craft is full of amazing tradesman that love what we do for a living. One of the things I love about my craft is the brothers I work with. We are family.”

Members of the Klein family, with help from a screening panel and thousands of fan votes, ultimately selected Ferris from hundreds of applicants for his outstanding professional achievement, dedication to safety and contributions to his local community. Part of what made him an outstanding candidate was that he already has been recognized by supervisors and peers for his leadership, commitment to safety and generosity on and off the job.

“Congratulations to Jimmy for earning the title of Electrician of the Year,” says Greg Palese, vice president of marketing at Klein Tools. “We’re amazed each year by our nominees’ stories and achievements, and Jimmy is no exception. We consider it an honor to be able to share his story and recognize his good work and good deeds as a positive influence for the entire industry.”

Klein Tools also named the 2017 Electrician of the Year runners-up: Brent Heesacker, Kevin Wick, Nathan Guerrero, Luis Gonzalez and Harold Melia. All finalists received the Ultimate Garage Package, which includes a 41-piece Journeyman Tool Set and other Klein Tools products, as well as a trip to tour Klein Tools’ manufacturing headquarters in Mansfield, TX.