International Vice President Emeritus Edward C. Powell was first elected to the General Executive Board in 1971. Mr. Powell has been a member of Local 16 Stage Technicians since 1951. While a member of Local 16, he served as a Vice President of the Local, an Executive Board member and Examining Board Member from 1958 to 1963. In 1963, he was elected Business Manager of Local 16, a position he held until he retired in 1994. He holds the title of Business Manager/Secretary Emeritus.
Mr. Powell is also a founder and current Chairman of the Local 16 Health & Welfare Trust Funds. The Welfare Trust began in 1965 and the Pension Trust began in 1967. The Pension Fund is a Multi Employer Defined Benefit Taft Hartley Trust and has been a bellwether to many other pension Trusts throughout the IATSE.
On July 18, 2005, Mr. Powell announced his retirement to the General Executive Board during the Board meeting held in Honolulu, HI.