2012 Hall of Fame
Bruce Lamb began his career at Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) while still attending Vermont Technical School. In 1979 he became a full-time employee and lineman. Bruce was a well-known and loved member of the VEC family as an excellent lineman and leader who was always willing to lend a hand and help out, on and off the job. Bruce was a group leader, the senior leadership position at VEC’s line department. Among the many hats he wore was that of mentor to apprentices and junior lineworkers. He became an active member of the IBEW in 1979 and became Shop Steward of the IBEW Local 300. Bruce’s career came to an abrupt and unexpected end on March 21, 2012 when he lost his life in an accident on the job. He is remembered for his leadership, his willingness to help, his dedication to the work, his brother linemen, and his beloved family.
Huel Gunter began his career in linework in 1972 working for Georgia Power Co. He worked on distribution and transmission lines, performing live line maintenance on voltages from 4kV to 500kV using hot stick, rubber glove, and bare hand methods. In 1984, Huel began work with A.B. Chance as an International Live Line Specialist. Huel was responsible for designing and implementing training and safety programs and holding live line demonstrations and seminars around the world. He continued this work with White Rubber Corp in 1993, and later joined Salisbury in 2006. During the course of his career, Huel has worked in 47 states, 52 countries, and 6 continents, all without a major safety incident, and this included training done through interpreters. His training work helped revolutionize the power industry in many of the countries he visited. Huel currently serves as Senior Product Specialist at Salisbury, Subject Matter Expert for ASTM, NAPF-70, OSHA, and liaison for the NJATC.
Robert "Bob" A. Killday
Bob Killday grew up wanting to be just like his dad. Following in the footsteps of Robert D. Killday (a 2007 inductee), he became a lineman, working for Carter Electric in Nebraska, and Northeast Power and Lewis County Rural Electric Cooperative in Missouri before beginning work with Missouri Power & Light Company in 1955. Over the next 40 years Bob worked as a lineman, line foreman, district assistant superintendent, and district superintendent. In 1966, he and his partners Terry Killday and Robert Wayne Murphy founded Zip Electric, and in 2000 Bob became a partner in TH&N Electric and Shelton Electric, which provide a variety of electrical services for industrial, commercial, and residential customers. Bob has also worked as an independent consultant since 1966, working with city governments. He has been involved with the International Lineman’s Rodeo of Kansas City since 1986, having held the positions of chief judge, mastery judge, and Advisory Board Committee member. Throughout his 60 years involved in the industry, Bob has taken on a role as mentor and teacher to countless linemen, many of them family members who share in the Killday tradition, which has brought four generations and more than 500 years of collective service to the industry.