Believe it or not, there’s a competition where thousands of the best electricians across the country compete to take part in an annual year-end championship where they will put their skills to the test in hopes of nabbing the title of “Best Electrician in North America.” They’ll also compete for some life-changing cash.
Electricians don’t often get the credit they deserve. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to flip on your light switch or turn on your television. These men and women play an essential role in the economy, yet their efforts are rarely celebrated. So when faced with the chance to turn electricians into world-renowned celebrities of the trade, IDEAL Electrical stepped in to help illuminate the way.
The third annual IDEAL National Championship will showcase qualifying electricians as they battle for their share of $600,000 in cash and prizes, as well as the distinguished title of “Best Electrician in North America.” Annual qualifying rounds take place through October, with the Championship Weekend going down in early December. Let’s just say that the electrical field is strong.
This new series Wire to Wire follows past winners of the IDEAL National Championship on their respective journeys to claim this year’s top prize. Watch how Seth Agnew (The Heart of a Champion), Greg Anliker (The All-Star), and Roman Ryszewski (The Renaissance Man & last year’s winner) prepare for the event and seek the coveted title. And don’t turn your back on the rising underdogs and surprise qualifiers along the way.
Wire to Wire episodes are available here, and we will continually post new episodes on this page until the winner-take-all event in December at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. This year, the atmosphere will be electric.
Greg Anliker, The All-Star
Simply put, Greg is the all-star of electricians. Winning the Pro Competition in 2016 and the Team Competition in 2017, this guy proves time and time again that he’s a champion. If there’s an electrician’s competition happening, it’s no shock to see the name Anliker at the top of the leaderboard.
Roman Ryszewski, The Renaissance Man
Last year’s winner, who hails from Poland, is back on the circuit and ready to defend his crown using MacGyver-like ingenuity. Will he be able to crack the diagnostic code? Watch to find out.
Seth Agnew, The Heart Of A Champion
Facing a difficult battle with Lyme disease, Seth defied the odds and finished third in last year’s competition. With his family at his side, he refuses to quit and is back on the prowl to bring home the cash.
Now that you’re all caught up on the key players’ backgrounds, now’s your chance to learn a little more about Greg, Roman and Seth. How did they get into the trade? What makes them who they are today? And what are they looking forward to about the 2018 IDEAL National Championship? Watch now, and don’t forget to register for your opportunity to meet & compete against this electrifying crew.
Greg Episode 1 - Finding His Spark
In high school, Greg Anliker thought he wanted to be a statistician for an insurance company because math comes naturally to him. However, he learned quickly that he didn’t want to spend his life crunching numbers and would rather work with his hands. Learn more about how Greg switched paths to become an electrician with the help of a family friend.
Roman Episode 1 - The Best Electrician
“I’m not saying I’m the best electrician, but, I am.” Only the winner of an electrician’s competition can speak those words. The 2017 winner, Roman Ryszewski, grew up in Gostkowo, Poland and studied at a five-year trade school to learn the basics of the trade. He then went on to join the Polish army and later, landed a job at a factory as an electrician. In 1999, Roman moved to the United States and had to decide between working at a car company or as an electrician. Wonder what he chose?
Seth Episode 1 - Overcoming The Pain
Seth Agnew was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2016. But he refuses to let the disease define him. What defines him is his wife (and high school sweetheart), his kids, and his dedication to the craft. With unwavering support from his family, Seth is able to persevere through it all to compete and build his dream home. Learn more about Seth and his journey to overcome his disease and build his legacy.
This is a sponsored post by IDEAL Electrical.