Patrick Newton Named New VP of Commercial
After 43 years as VP of Commercial, Bruce Pindell is retiring from Benfield Electric Co.
Pindell began working for Benfield Electric in 1977 as a foreman. He later became a Project Manager and in 2001 became the VP of the Commercial Division. During his time at Benfield Electric, Pindell has been responsible for numerous projects in Harford and Baltimore counties. Projects of note include the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center – Control Unit, the Acute Patient Tower at Francis Scott Key Medical Center, the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, Aberdeen Proving Grounds Army Test & Evaluation Command and the completion of Gate 715, and more recently 414 Light Street in Baltimore.
“Bruce’s energy, enthusiasm and friendly demeanor will be sorely missed,” says Greg Benfield, President of Benfield Electric.
Patrick Newton has been named the new VP of Commercial beginning January 4, 2021.
Regarding Newton, Benfield says “Pat has always been one of our brightest stars and, for the last four years, he has been groomed for this role. I have no doubt that not only will Pat do an exceptional job heading up the department; but as he puts his own stamp on our commercial division, he will take it to even higher levels.
As incoming VP of Commercial, Newton brings 33 years of Electrical experience in both residential and commercial project installations. He has been a Project Executive for the past 13 years, and a pivotal part of individual projects with electrical contract values in excess of $11M.
“It has been my privilege to be part of the Benfield Electric team for over 33 years. I owe my success to everyone I have worked alongside, above and below, both directly and indirectly. I am excited to take the next step and look forward to the challenges ahead,” says Newton, regarding his new role. “Every team member has my full commitment to help us grow, as a team and continue our success in the years to come.”
Newton has worn many hats during his extensive career at Benfield Electric. He began as an Electrical Helper in 1987, became an Apprentice, and moved up through the ranks as Crew Leader, Foreman, Estimator, and Project Manager, before becoming Project Executive.
As a Master Electrician since 1995, Newton has worked with Commercial installations including high-rises, healthcare facilities, prisons and government installations, as well as multi-family and mixed use facilities.
Master Electricians in Maryland must be employed in the field, and under the supervision of a Master Electrician for seven years before applying, and testing for their Master Electrician’s license. They work with overhead and underground utility construction, install fire alarms, security systems and lighting controls as well as installation and repair of a variety of voltage distribution systems.