Meet 2015 NEC Challenge Finalist: Jim Walker

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on Feb 4, 2015

Walker PhotoOur third finalist in the 2015 NEC Challenge Competition is Jim Walker, our NFPA C&E winner from Sonoma County, Calif. During his time at C&E in Las Vegas this past June, he took a gamble and took on the NEC Challenge at our first stop of 2014, making his way to the top of the leaderboard. He proved that it wasn’t just luck that got him there, however, as he earned a spot in the Championship in the play-in round in December.

After spending almost 29 years in the industry, keeping up with the ever-changing code has built Jim’s career to better serve his customers in a dynamic field. Walker uses the code everyday as an electric technician at the Sonoma County Water Agency where he serves portable water and other services to more than 600,000 customers. Knowing the code has become a life or death situation in his career.

“Reinforcing the importance of the code is primarily for protecting the people. It makes sure that the people working on or around the code are safe,” said Walker. “We want to make sure that everybody comes home at night.”

When Jim isn’t out feeding his competitive spirit and knowledge of the NEC, he enjoys spending time with his 12 grandchildren, rocking out to Madison Rising and teaching firearms safety at his local Rod and Gun Club.

So what will this grandpa of 12 do if he takes home the NEC Challenge Champion belt and the $5,000 grand prize? He will treat his lovely wife to a celebratory trip to Scotland.

Want to see if Jim will be by packing his bagpipes, haggis and kilts? Visit to find out how you can register to view the crowning of our next NEC Challenge Champion this Friday, February 6th at 12:00 p.m. EST.