It’s not easy to pass on one’s passion for something to other people in a way that makes them want to learn more, but that’s exactly what John Lupacchino of Gaylor Electric, Noblesville, Ind., has been doing for Gaylor University for the past 22 years and the Indiana/Kentucky Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) for the past 17 years.

Just take it from one of his students: “John has a passion for all students to learn the curriculum and to become a safe and successful electrician,” says William B. Foster, a project engineer for Gaylor Electric. “He is the most knowledgeable, enjoyable and enthusiastic instructor I’ve ever had.”

Based on these accolades and Lupacchino’s real-world teaching applications and positive attitude, ABC National named him its 2016 Craft Instructor of the Year. As part of the award, he received $10,000 from NCCER and the Trimmer Construction Education Foundation.

Lupacchino has more than 31 years of electrical construction experience, starting as an apprentice and progressing to journeyman, supervisor, project manager and now design engineer. In this role, he is responsible for estimating, quality assurance, engineering design, and code interpretation and compliance. He is a master electrician or certified electrical contractor in more than 65 jurisdictions, as well as an NCCER-certified craft instructor and a LEED-accredited professional.

In addition to persistence in furthering his own knowledge, Lupacchino is actively involved in Gaylor’s personnel development. Specifically, for the past year and half he has been instrumental in creating a set of “Did You Know” continuing education documents that employees can access via Gaylor’s website.

“The bottom line is John is a dedicated craftsperson committed to improving people and the industry. He pays it forward by providing instruction to others on how they can perform to the best of their ability,” says Chuck Goodrich, president of Gaylor Electric. “Because of John’s expertise and instruction, Gaylor Electric has a high retention rate of employees who want to learn and who ensure every project prioritizes quality.”

Joining Lupacchino as finalists for the 2016 Craft Instructor of the Year award were Bryan McClure of LPR Construction, Loveland, Colo.; Dan Sterry of TIC – The Industrial Company, Englewood, Colo.; and William Stobie of Wayne-Finger Lakes Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Newark, N.Y. For more information on nominating someone for next year’s award, visit abc.org/workforcedevelopmentawards.


Joanna Masterson is senior editor of Construction Executive. For more information, email masterson@abc.org or follow @ConstructionMag.