Ken Bilek worked as a lineman for Pennsylvania Electric Company for 21 years. In 1992 he became a Live Line Demonstrator for the A.B. Chance Company, where he worked for five years both in and out of the US. Ken then went on to work as Job Safety and Training Specialist for Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association before starting his own business, Global Live Line, Inc, in 1999. His work in technical training and consulting has taken him to thirty-eight states and twenty-two countries.
His love of the trade and respect for fellow linemen prompted Ken to found the Global Power Line Academy (GPLA) in 2010. The school was licensed by the state within two years and opened to the public in April 2013. 2013 also brought a partnership with Venango College of Clarion University, which allowed students to earn an associates degree through a program that combines classroom and hands-on training through GPLA.
Ken was also involved in organizing the first Penn-Ohio Linemen’s Rodeo in Greensville, PA in 2007. Along with GPLA and Global Live Line Ken collaborated with the National Sisterhood United for Journeyman Linemen (NSUJL) to hold the First Annual NSUJL Linemen’s Rodeo at the Blue Knob All Season’s Resort in 2013.