W. Robert Axford, Business Manager Bio


Rob was sworn in as a member of the IBEW Local 553 twenty-four years ago.  He graduated from the Local’s JATC program in 1999 and since, has been an instructor with the JATC for twelve years.  Rob has held the position of Treasurer for the Local for eight years.  In 2016, Rob was chosen by the then Business Manager, Tony Swift to be his Assistant.

In October 2018, due to health reasons, Tony had to resign as Business Manager and Rob was selected by the Executive Board to take his place.  When Tony returns early in 2019, he will become Rob’s Assistant.

Rob lives in Hillsborough with his daughter and wife, Rebecca Axford.  Rebecca is the Training Director of our Local’s JATC.

When not at work, Rob likes to spend time in the woods behind his house, BBQ, and scuba dive when visiting family in the Florida Keys.  Rob’s family is the most important part of his life and he loves to travel with them on road trips to the NC mountains and to the sea.

Additional positions of interest

  • VP representing the IBEW for NC AFL-CIO
  • Trustee of the Board of Trustees of Carolina Electrical Workers Retirement Fund