David A. Hardt

NECA President

David A. Hardt is the current president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and contributes the President's Desk column monthly. He took office in January 2015 and will serve a three-year term.

Articles by David A. Hardt

March 2016
Business development is a hot topic these days. Many electrical contractors often think about how it can improve their bottom line. For those who don’t, now is the time to start.
February 2016
Last year proved to be busy in Washington, D.C. Our country witnessed one of the most productive legislative years on record. Let me put this in perspective—more laws were enacted in 2015 than in the first year of any two-year congressional term since 2009. In addition, Congress passed more substantive laws in 2015 than any first-session year since 2007.
January 2016
A lot can happen over the course of a year, and that is certainly the case for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). I’ve met members from around the country and learned much throughout my first year as NECA president, which included a wonderful experience at NECA 2015 San Francisco. Our association has grown in many ways, several of which I discuss below.
December 2015
A major part of the National Electrical Contractors Association’s (NECA) mission is to shine a light on the importance of apprenticeship programs. They are a vibrant force within the electrical construction industry. There are more than 445,000 total apprenticeships across the country, and more are added every day, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
November 2015
Something I’ve thought a lot about since I became president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the value of membership in our association. I want to know more about our members’ perception of the value they want and receive from NECA. Considering this part of NECA is both fascinating and enlightening, and it will result in some historic changes at our association.
October 2015
I’ve learned throughout my career to embrace change and the technological advances that come with it. It isn’t always easy, so I’ve had to do it at my own speed. But it’s a necessity in the electrical contracting industry, and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has stepped up to lead the way.
September 2015
Every fall, one my favorite events of the year occurs. Thousands of people associated with electrical construction flock to a major U.S. city to spend three or four days surrounded by their peers, all of them invested in renewing themselves and their businesses. Opportunity abounds.
August 2015
There is no longer any doubt that the construction industry has emerged from the long downturn that began more than seven years ago. That’s good news indeed.
 But, there’s some troubling news, too, depending on whom you ask—and where they’re working (or not).
July 2015
It’s been eight years since major energy legislation was passed, but current House and Senate proposals that would strengthen America’s infrastructure and increase energy efficiency are exciting prospects for electrical contractors. READ MORE