To the owners of Weifield Group:
My name is Lawrence Williamson and I am a second year apprentice with your company. I would like to take the time to thank each and every one of you. Just under two years ago, I was released from Federal Prison with a pair of shorts, tennis shoes and two t-shirts. I was sentenced to 17 years and was released after ten. Before my conviction I had no dreams, goals or sense of direction of what I wanted in life. I was into drugs and constantly in some sort of legal trouble. I never thought or planned for my future because I wasn’t sure whether or not I would last another day. I could write an entire series of books of “what not to do” in life. After a few months in jail, I vowed to do everything I could with my sentence to improve myself and not waste another moment in my life. I signed up for every class offered and spent the majority of my time reading, working out and reflecting on the decisions I made that put me in that situation.
I was released on August 11, 2016, and was determined to make up for all my lost time. My brother is a Master Electrician and convinced me that it was a rewarding career. I have always been in the construction industry but knew very little about being an electrician. After talking with him and doing my own research, I made my decision that I was going to be an electrician and learn the trade. I had a strong passion to get back all the things that I now know to be important to me. I was 36 years old with no family, house or car for that matter — but there was nothing that was going to stop me from accomplishing the goals I had set for myself. I walked into the doors of the Weifield office with a weak resume and a criminal history. The only thing I had on my side was determination and the will to succeed, or so I thought. I turned in my application and before I made it back to the bus stop, I received a call from the office asking me if I could come right back to do an interview.
The next thing that happened, I will never forget. I was sitting across from your safety manager, Brad Boswell, and after a few questions, he began to hand me paperwork on health care providers and all the other benefits. I told him that I had a criminal history that he should know about. I explained to him my past and thought in my head that this is where this story would end, and I would be back to passing out applications again. Then he stunned me with a response that actually made my eyes swell. He said, “Son, I don’t care to much about your past. I care about your future. Do you care about your future?” There were no words to describe the feeling I had. It was the feeling that I was on my way and everything will be all right.
Here I sit, a year and nine months later. I have a home full of furniture, a nice car, and a gorgeous loving woman whom I’m engaged to. As of two weeks ago, I am also a father. We had a beautiful, healthy baby boy named Ocean. Although I have accomplished a lot in a small amount of time, I still have many goals to strive for — such as having that pickup truck with the Weifield Group logo on it and a crew to run ad a job entrusted to me. I’m twelve years clean and I love my job.
The opportunity that Weifield has given me has made my dreams and goals a reality. I have had the pleasure of working with amazing foremen and crew members. Your company — my company — feels like family. I wake up excited to go to work and this is something I thought was impossible to do. I can never thank you enough for giving me the chance to turn my life around.
“This is without a doubt the best employer I have worked for. I am blessed.”
– Scott Murray, Weifield Apprentice
“The best electrical company in Colorado. Highly respectful and treats their clients great. Love working here. Their values speak volumes when it comes to their employees. They actually do care. They made promises to me and followed through with all of them. HR is extremely professional. All of my upper management is available and honest with the way they conduct themselves.”
– Quincy Davis, Weifield Field Supervisor
“I’ve been working with them for eight years and I’ve never worked for or have seen a company who care so much for their employees. It really shows in the quality that is delivered to the customers.”
– Scott Ammon, Weifield Journeyman Electrician
“Finally happy….I love working here.”
– Paul Kelly, Weifield Apprentice