Mr. Dugan began his career in the electrical trade over 40 years ago. Over a period of five summer breaks while attending Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, he worked as an electrician’s helper for a variety of electrical contactors in the Washington area.
In the early 1960s, after successfully completing the Apprenticeship Training program with IBEW Local 26, Mr. Dugan went to work for Howard P. Foley Company. He later achieved his goal becoming a Master Electrician.
Mr. Dugan founded Freestate Electric in 1984 successfully growing his business to a $30 million full-service commercial electrical contractor within 15 years. In the late 1990s, Freestate was sold to a publicly-traded roll up and Mr. Dugan continued to run the company’s electrical division (AES Electrical) until July of 2006 when he bought AES back and took it private.
Mr. Dugan actively participates in the industry serving on the board of National Electrical Contractor’s Association (NECA), including a term as president; working with the Washington Metropolitan Subcontractors Association and the Prince Georges County Electrical Board.
In addition to his work in the industry, Mr. Dugan and his wife, Kathleen, created CASE (Center for Adoption and Support Education), a private non-profit adoptive family support center for everyone in the adoption community. The Dugan’s live in Laurel, Maryland and are the parents of 12 grown children (eight of whom are adopted). Mr. Dugan enjoys playing golf, boating and spending time with his grandchildren.