I.B.E.W. Local Union 379
Serving The Carolinas Since 1926

  • Officers & Staff
    Business Manager

    Tommy Hill

    My name is Tommy Hill 

    I started my IBEW career on August 17th, 1981 as a first year apprentice. I was allowed to join the local union in 1982. I turned out in 1985. I have served my local union as a JATC committee member, got elected to the Executive board  in 1995, then served 3 terms on the Executive Board with two of those terms as the Chairman. In 2004 Business Manager Bob Krebs asked me to serve as his assistant, and I served the local union in that capacity until 2012. Bob Krebs stepped down,giving me the opportunity to run for Business Manager, and I was elected to that office. I am serving my second term as Business Manager. I love this job! Because I know that the work we are doing at local union 379 is making a difference in our community and jurisdiction. We have a great staff, dedicated members, and good signatory contractors who help us reach our goals by putting our members to work.

    704.455.4595 ext 4

    Scott Thrower
    I joined the IBEW in 1987 as a first year Apprentice, topped out in 1990 as a JW. I was promted up to Project Manager for Preferred Electric for 7 years, after which I went back with my tools in 1999. In 1999 I became a 5th year Apprenticeship Instructor for the Charlotte JATC while working on my tools. In 2007 I was elected as 379 President, and in 2010 I came to work for IBEW 379 as an Organizer. In 2013 I was appointed to Assistan Business Manger. I am married to Sharon, and have 3 great kids.

    704.455.4595 ext 5
    Assiatant Business Manager Greenville SC

    Edgar Brown

    Vice President

    Jim Schelgel

    Recording Secretary

    Doug McDaniel
    Doug McDaniel is a graduate of the Local 379 Apprenticeship and currently serves as the local's Recording Secretary.  He is a past member of the Executive Board and a current member of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Center Board.  He is actively involved in organizing BOLT - the Brotherhood Organizing Leaders of Tomorrow, our community group for workers under 35.  

    Darrin Grindstaff

    Executive Board Chairman

    Kelly Butler

    Executive Board Member
    Erin LaCoile

    Executive Board Member

    Brandon Douglas
    JW. Executive board member. 1st year apprenticeship instructor, NFPA 70E instructor, first aid/cpr instructor.  16 years electrical experience. 
    Yes on email only

    Executive Board Member
    Gilbert McIntyre

    Executive Board Member

    Patrick Currence

    Patrick joined IBEW Local 382 in Columbia SC and completed his Apprenticeship in 1988. Patrick then joined IBEW Local 379 in 2006 and over a 30+ years of electrical work under the IBEW. Patrick has worked on Nuclear, Coal, Steam, Powerhouses, Waste Water Treatment, Data Centers, Call Centers and Office Renovations.

    My goal are to make good decisions for the betterment of our Local and push for continuing education for members.

    Executive Board Member
    Michael McCann

    Organizer / Examining Board

    Eddie Byrams Jr.
    Ed Byrams Jr is a graduate of IBEW LU-25's apprenticeship program.  He has been a staff organizer with Local 379 since 2013. He is as passionate about maintaining excellence in the electrical trade as he is organizing. He also serves as the Chair of the Examining Board and administers Journeyman testing. 

    704.455.4595 ext 6
    Examining Board
    Delbert Hall Jr

    Examining Board
    Robert Harris

    Examining Board
    Stacey Ballard

    Examining Board
    George Fondren

    Office Manager

    Toni Pennington
    My name is Toni Pennington, I  have been with IBEW Local Union 379 for 32 years. I guess you could say that I have been in labor all my life!!! I am married with two  sons, a daughter-in-law,  a wonderful 3 year old grandaughter and 7 dogs- Yes 7!!!  I have been blessed working with this union over the years.  

    704.455.4595 ext 2

    Kelly Pennington
    My name is Kelly Pennington. I've been with the Local since 2009   . I'm married and have 1 little girl named Kylie and I have a dog named Teddy.

    704.455.4595 ext 3

    Carol Cullen
    I am Carol Hunter - soon to be Cullen. We have 6 children and 3 beautiful grandchildren with 2 more on the way. I have had the pleasure of working for the IBEW for 3 years. What a great group of people to work with!

    704.455.4595 ext 1

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