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It’s Time for Electrical Contractors to Reinvent Their Role

On the final day of NECA Live, Josh Bone, executive director of ELECTRI International, and Michael Parkes, vice president of O’Connell Electric Co., delivered a presentation on digital tools and technology to assist electrical contractors in the outdoor utility space and how to implement technology changes in your organization. Following are some examples of digital solutions that can be particularly useful for the outdoor utility contractor, according to the presenters.

Mobile apps. Mobile apps can be used in a variety of ways, with safety being one of the key areas. For example, several fall-protection apps, such as Worker Safety Pro, work with smart phones and smart watches to alert not only the user of a stumble, but also his or her manager. Other safety-related mobile apps Bone mentioned (not specifically limited to fall protection) include Safesite, StriveZero, and Safety Reports.

Paperless forms. Paperless form apps and software, such as GoCanvas, are also key to helping simplify the form process, including safety reporting. “These tools can be extremely valuable not only for safety, which is, you know, obviously the most critical component,” Parkes said, adding that these apps can also help accelerate the paperwork process.

360°cameras. Technology beyond mobile applications can be useful as well. Cameras with 360° technology can be used to help record a process and then used later as training material. Additionally, certain models can be connected to mobile devices, attached to a hardhat, or voice-activated for hands-free work. Parkes said in his experience, 360° cameras have been used in a substation project, control room, and in the field for documenting.

Smart security cameras. Another tool becoming more commonplace in utility projects is security cameras, which can include a variety of intelligence tools. “Our utility customers are starting to actually request that this be utilized on projects,” Parkes

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Royals VP who oversaw Kauffman Stadium renovation will move into new role

Kansas City Royals Senior Vice President of Business Operations Kevin Uhlich will retire from his role overseeing the business side of the organization after 14 seasons in that position.

The Royals announced on Wednesday that Uhlich’s retirement will become official on October 30, and he’ll transition to a position as special assistant to team chairman and CEO John Sherman.

Royals senior vice president of baseball operations/general manager Dayton Moore expressed admiration and gratitude for Uhlich.

“Kevin has been a huge part of everything that we’ve accomplished,” Moore said. “I admire his steady, consistent leadership. He’s been extremely supportive of everything we’ve needed to do on the baseball side. It’s been a joy and a pleasure to work with him.

“As important as Alex Gordon has been on the field for us with his steadiness and consistency and commitment, Kevin Uhlich has been every bit of that in the front office.”

Uhlich served as the top executive in the business operations during a period that included an American League pennant in 2014 as well as a World Series championship in 2015.

Uhlich also ran the day-to-day operations through the transition of ownership from David Glass to Sherman and his ownership group last year as well as this year’s COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and the shortened MLB season.

“I can’t thank Kevin enough for his support and hard work during our ownership transition over this past year,” Sherman said in a release from the club. “His knowledge of the business side of baseball has been a huge asset to me. While he’s stepping away from the day-to-day operations, we’re grateful that he will continue his valued relationship and institutional knowledge with our organization as an advisor. Our internal team will continue in their various roles with the same passion they bring every day.

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KC Royals’ Kevin Uhlich to retire from senior VP role

Kansas City Royals Senior Vice President of Business Operations Kevin Uhlich will retire from his role overseeing the business side of the organization after 14 seasons in that position.

The Royals announced on Wednesday that Uhlich’s retirement will become official on October 30, and he’ll transition to a position as special assistant to team chairman and CEO John Sherman.

Uhlich, 63, has spent 44 seasons in Major League Baseball, including a stint as a batboy for the California Angels in 1976.

An Anaheim native, he went on to advance in that organization to positions that included VP of stadium operations, VP of sales, marketing and operations and senior VP of business operations in 2002 (the year they won their only World Series championship).

Before he joined the Royals, Uhlich was the executive VP for the Washington Nationals in 2005 and in 2006.

The Royals hired him on November 7, 2006, as senior VP of business operations. During his tenure, Uhlich headed up the $275 million renovation of Kauffman Stadium, completed for the 2009 season, as well as the complete renovation of the Royals spring training facility in Surprise, Arizona, which was completed in February 2016.

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Lynn Worthy covers the Kansas City Royals and Major League Baseball for The Star. A native of the Northeast, he’s covered high school, collegiate and professional sports for The Lowell Sun, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, Allentown Morning Call and The Salt Lake Tribune. He’s won awards for sports features and sports columns.

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