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tED's 30 Under 35: EECO's Brian Logan

Published 6/17/2014 10:25:05 PM

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By Joe Nowlan

In April, the editors of tED magazine sent out a call for the industry’s “rising stars”—electrical professionals 34 years old or younger who have the initiative, drive, integrity, and creativity to move the industry forward in the decades to come. The call drew nominations from all segments of the industry—distributors, suppliers, rep firms, software/services providers, and VARs. Here on tedmag.com, we will post a new, full interview with one of these impressive young people weekly; coverage of all of the honorees can be found in the July 2012 issue of tED. Watch for information about our next “30 Under 35” competition  in early 2013.

Brian Logan

Brian Logan grew up near the Fort Eustis Army base in Virginia where his father was an electrician and retired after 22 years in the civil service. That was Logan’s first exposure to the electrical industry.

“Electrical knowledge was floating around my house at all times,” Logan said. “All of the science projects that I did during middle school and high school at some point had something to do with electrical automation or electricity.”

As a kid he enjoyed taking things apart and putting them back together. And most of the time those items would still work after he’d put them together again. Most times, he admits.

“Well, there was this alarm clock one time. That was a little trickier than I thought it was,” Logan laughed.

After high school, he began attending Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Va., while serving as a member of the Hampton Volunteer Fire Department. Logan studied fire administration with an eye on being a fire investigator.

Eventually Logan switched his focus of studies to mechanical engineering in which he went on to earn an associate's degree and, later, a second associate’s degree in drafting and design. Logan then transferred to Old Dominion University to pursue a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.

It was while studying for his associate’s degree that he took a part-time position as a shop assistant with System East Incorporated, a Virginia Systems Integrator that focuses primarily on the water/waste water industry.

He found the work to be challenging as well as enjoyable. He went on to earn other promotions and eventually became a full time project manager. His overall experience there has proven invaluable to his career, Logan explained.

“I got to see the whole job from a very holistic standpoint … from the 10,000 foot level, and find out what I can do better,” he said. “One of the things I enjoyed at Systems East was putting the pieces of the puzzle together and engineering designs to exceed my customer’s expectations.”

Today, Logan is the Customer Support and Maintenance director at EECO. The experience he accumulated at Systems East (and after that serving as a PLC/HMI/software consultant for two Rockwell distributors) serves him well at EECO, he explained, where he focuses on promoting the company's field service engineering solutions.

“I can go to a customer and say, ‘How can we make your system more functional, more efficient, more reliable and also show an ROI?’ And we try to see how we can do that either through upgrading or migrating their older technology into newer technology, because I can speak that language from my history as a programmer/project manager/system consultant,” Logan said.

While still fairly young himself, Logan keeps an eye out for younger talent to bring to EECO and has some criteria in mind.

“There are so many different positions that you can have in this industry,” Logan explained. “As far as personal growth goes, it is a great industry to be in because you can grow through many phases of your life in this industry. Many doors in this industry will open up for you. Whether you like sales, operations, finance, management, or human resources this industry nearly has you covered.”

Joe Nowlan is a Boston-based freelance writer/editor and author. He can be reached at jcnowlan@msn.com.

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