New River Electrical Announces First Chief Legal Officer

Laura Volpini strengthens New River Electrical’s foundation through continued corporate growth.

CLOVERDALE, VIRGINIA – The New River Electrical Board of Directors announces that the current independent director, Laura Volpini, is joining New River full-time as the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary beginning January 1, 2024. Laura is the second female executive for NRE, following Mrs. Dianne Sink, who retired in 2004 as NRE’s Corporate Secretary & First Safety Director.

With the growth that New River has experienced over the last decade, and as we constantly strive for continuous improvement, it was apparent that New River needed to expand and specialize our senior leadership team.

“As we continue to face generational succession within our company,” says Ike Poe, President and CEO of New River Electrical, “it is critically important to remain focused on proper alignment within the organizational structure. Laura brings unique skillsets & experiences which allow us to properly align the organization.”

Laura is leaving her successful law practice to join New River. As Chief Legal Officer, she will focus on overseeing all legal aspects corporately. She is charged with leading our Human Resources, Risk Management, and Contract Management teams. Laura will also focus on governance and compliance with our ESOP and the corporation at large.

“After working with Laura on several projects, the Board of Directors has been impressed with her connection and alignment with our ESOP culture and values,” said Poe. “She shares our core values and beliefs, allowing her to make an immediate leadership impact within our organization.”

In response to this announcement, Ms. Volpini stated, “I am so honored and excited to bring my talents to, and join the high-caliber leadership team at, New River in its milestone 70th year in business. This unique opportunity allows me to focus my collective experiences of providing trusted legal, business, and strategic advice and direction to my corporate clients for the last 20+ years to advance and enhance New River and its executive team and, most importantly for me, to create a positive and lasting impact on New River’s employees, customers, partners, and local communities. It is a personal and professional dream come true.”


For more information:

John Vehmeier

New River Electrical Corporation


About New River Electrical Corporation

New River Electrical Corporation is a nationwide, 100% employee-owned electrical contractor working in high-voltage construction and maintenance of electrical utility and industrial customers. Established in 1953, NRE employs over 1,800 people and is registered to conduct business in 38 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. They have office locations in Cloverdale, VA and Westerville, OH.