Safety Protection Grid Solutions, Inc. (SPGS) has a team of experts that have been working in the field of electrical protection for over 50 years. We all have different points in where our careers started, but one of the goals that we have in common is to provide the highest quality of electrical solutions for your facility.
Please view our team of experts' short bios below:
George Zeigler, President
In 1964 George entered the Army Corps of Engineers as a heavy equipment operator and was mainly involved in building roads in southeast Asia. When he left the Army in 1967 he entered the telecommunications industry with ITT. He started at the entry level position within two years he was supervising a crew installing telephone switches throughout the United States. He became the area manager of 5 states for ITT.
In 1978 ITT chose him to be responsible along with the design engineers to install the first ITT digital switch in the United States. All of us had tested the digital switch in the Delaware, Ohio lab and we highly praised its reliability even before in was placed in service in Emlenton, Pennsylvania September 1978. The first weekend the switch went down due to a lightning strike. This is when he started to learn about the true importance of bonding, grounding electrical and equipment protection. Soon he was doing grounding audits for ITT and became a subject matter expert in bonding, grounding and electrical protection.
In 1982 he started his first company Global Tron Inc. and turned it into a highly successful business.
In 1996 he started SPGS with the focused goal of improving electrical reliability and enhancing power quality through proper bonding, grounding and equipment protection. Soon thereafter he wrote the bonding and grounding standards for Alltel’s remote and switch sites. He assisted US Cellular with their switch and cell sites standards.
During 2003-2005 SPGS was on the IEEE 1100 Emerald Book grounding upgrade committee. We are listed in the current IEEE 1100 as contributors to the standard.
George plays a major role in selection products and developing methods for evaluation facilities for holistic facility electrical protection which ensures our customers 24/7 operations with the lowest rate of downtime and equipment failure in the industry.
Levi Zeigler, Vice President
From the age of 12 Levi has had experience in being around telecommunications equipment as well as taking it apart. He has traveled extensively with his father George during his summertime vacation to numerous telecommunications facilities to help him with evaluating the efficiency of their bonding and grounding systems.
From the age of 16 Levi held a part time position in SPGS doing ACAD work along with miscellaneous data entry positions. He continued doing this type of work until 2003 which he graduated from Ashland University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.
The following spring at the age of 23 he began a new position as a field technician and within a year he was promoted to field service manager and responsible for managing all grounding alterations and conducting all troubleshooting for SPGS for the entire United States.
Now 35 years old, Levi has been working to protect telecommunications sites for over 20 years. Levi is recognized as a subject matter expert in bonding, grounding, and electrical protection. He has been involved in and has managed the process of: writing protection standards, evaluating, designing, installing, and testing of hundreds of telecommunications facilities across the United States.
Director of Customer Service ,(MBA, BSEE, PMP)
Ilhamy William worked at three fortune 100 companies in the Telecommunication and Multi-media industry. He started at Sprint in Ohio where he worked for 26 years in Engineering, Finance and IT. He retired as a National Network System Manager in 2000. He then worked with US Cellular in Virginia as Director of Transition Services, managing the PMO office where with a great team of associates transitioned over 480 MITSO sites between W Virginia and Virginia from analog to digital CDMI. He then joined Cox Business Services as Director of Engineering and Operations in Virginia Beach where his team working with local and federal government survived Hurricane Isabel in Sept of 2003, 85% of business were up and running within three days of this Cat 2 Hurricane hit with sustained winds over 80 mph.
William then went back to Ohio to join Mansfield City School as their Director of Information Technology where he retired in 2010 to attend to his private business as a Business Consultant and Project/Process Management.
William has a BS in Electrical Engineering, with a major in Telecommunication and minor in Computer Science from Ain Shames University Cairo Egypt, and an MBA from Ashland University at Ashland Ohio. He certified as a PMP (Project Management Professional). He studied and implemented the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Program and Six Sigma at Sprint in Ohio, and initiated the Six Sigma at Cox Business Services in Virginia. He also taught Engineering and Business at North Center State College from 1991 to 2013.
Ilhamy William’s wife of 40 years Darlene William teaches Government and History at Mansfield City High School. They have two sons, Adam and Mark who are highly successful business managers in fortune 100 companies.
Daniel Soleil, Director of Operations in Europe
Daniel Soleil received his degree in engineering in 1966 from ESEO – Angers - France, he began his career with the design of high-frequency apparatus to control TV relays (FERISOL) then high power inverters (800 kVA in Alstom corporation).
His researches on industrial interferences, in 1990’s opened up his new concept “Zero Method - ZM”, an accessible process to control interference and lightning protection, entailing many challenges for components, corrections and engineering. ZM is a specific tool for EMC System very liked by all electricians, from field to researcher.
Today ZM is called to review major mistakes within in standards for sensitive buildings as hospitals, electrophysiology research, lightning EMC protection for gas plants etc. The forecast effects are in AFNOR French committee, later European and IEC committees. ZM doesn’t move the personal safety guides but treats the EMC safety which is a great domain to reach “0 default”. ZM access is in the public domain and the components are patented as alone inventor.