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Why the Southeastern Electric Exchange Is So Tempting

Posted by Brooke Barone on Jun 25, 2013 2:57:00 PM

Get your sunscreen and hats out, it’s going to be a hot one this year!

The Southeastern Electric Exchange (SEE) will be held in Orlando, Fl June 26-28 at the Peabody Orlando. SEE is a non-profit, non-political trade association of investor-owned electric utility companies.

Southeastern Electric Exchange

So who goes?

Utility members, manufacturers, contractors, consultants, specialists and professionals from all over the southeast region.

So why should you go?

It’s a very well attended regional conference and exposition, and an excellent opportunity for vendors to network with engineering, operations and procurement contacts. There are over 90 exhibitors from reputable companies, such as Beta Engineering, DIS-TRAN, Burns & McDonnell, MasTec, Power Engineers and many more.

The show kicks off at 10 a.m. on June 26, and goes until 12:30 p.m. and then picks up again from 5-7:30 p.m. The following day, the show opens up at 11:30 a.m. and lasts until 1:30 p.m. There are several breakout sessions put on by industry experts about the latest issues and applications, as well as roundtable sessions, general sessions and breaks and banquet functions to allow for more networking and learning opportunities.

But SEE isn’t all work and no play. On June 25, attendees have the opportunity to play in the GE Golf Tournament on the beautiful Grand Cypress Golf Course in Orlando. There’s also plenty to do while you’re in town. SEE teamed up with the Orlando Convention Aid to provide discounts to certain restaurants, golf, attractions, nightlife, shopping and more.

Just to name a few area attractions, there is:

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Tags: DIS-TRAN, Beta Engineering, Southeastern Electric Exchange, SEE, utility members, manufacturers, contractors, consultants

Want To Be Amazing At The Louisiana Dragon Boat Races? Here's How

Posted by Brooke Barone on May 9, 2013 1:07:00 PM

Ok, so if you’re a newbie like me at this whole Dragon Boat Race thing, then the morning after you rowed, all the body parts the helmsmen told you shouldn’t be sore, are. So, obviously, I wasn't doing something quite right.

The 2013 Louisiana Dragon Boat Races, which raises money for the Alexandria Museum of Art, is being held this Saturday, May 11, beginning at 8 a.m. With 47 teams, it’s going to be a competitive yet exciting experience.

This year, DIS-TRAN Steel and DIS-TRAN Wood Products has two boats; Steel Dragons One and Steel Dragons Two. Our sister companies are also competing. Beta Engineering, or known as the Beta Badgers, will be out there, as well as the High Voltage Dragons, who consist of DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations, Crest Natural Resources, Mid-State Supply and Crest Industries. We have several tents lined up on the left side, so stop by and learn more about our companies and job openings (See, I look out for you HR).

I understand the concept, and know what you’re supposed to do, but after my experience last night at practice, it’s a lot easier said than done. The most important thing to remember though is to keep a steady pace and to be in sync.

Steel Dragons

Every paddler has their flaws, but the strokes need to be short, otherwise you’re doing negative work. If the power is smooth, it allows for a more aerobic action and will be less stressful on the back and shoulders.

So how does one turn into a professional Dragon Boat Slayer within 24 hours? Well, if I said it’s easy, I’d be lying, but if you keep these techniques in mind, then you’ll know that you did everything possible to help your team reach the finish line (whether you come in first or dead last).

1. The Catch

  • The paddle should enter the water gently. As chaotic as it might get with water and paddles flying up, don’t give up on the rotation during the catch and remember to save your power for the pull. Make sure that the paddle is almost vertical when the power starts.

2. Rotation

  • The rotation is the most important source of power. You should extend your hips and spine forward as much as you can while rotating. Your outside shoulder should be traveling straight forward and straight back. Your outside arm needs to extend out with your first hand finishing in the water. Crank powerfully, and finish facing slightly outward.

3. Leg Drive

  • The power starts with your outside leg. You need to drive your hips, knees and upper body back, bending into the next rotation. If possible, the outside knee should be driven back. Using your top hand, the power needs to come late in the stroke, and the top arm should be bent but rigid. The shoulder does the work. Lifting up at a 45 degree angle, quickly shoot the blade forward and finish with a quick and clean exit.

We all have a little (some have a lot) of a competitive nature in us, but the most important thing to remember is that it is a TEAM effort.


Every year, someone is chosen as the Best Dressed Drummer. To support our team and vote for Shea Rax, Steel Dragons One, and Katie Nowlin, Steel Dragons Two- click here.

Shea Rax            Katie Nowlin

Photos by Callie Lohman, CHLPhotography. 

To watch the 2011 USA Dragon Boat team in action for more pointers, check out this video.

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Tags: DIS-TRAN Steel, DIS-TRAN Wood Products, Beta Engineering, Alexandria Museum of Art, DIS-TRAN Pachaged Substation, Crest Industries, Crest Natural Resources, Mid-State Supply, Louisiana Dragon Boat Races

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