Rex A. Ferry

NECA President

Rex Ferry was president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) from 2009 through 2011 and contributed the President's Desk column monthly.

Articles by Rex A. Ferry

May 2010
May is National Electrical Safety Month. The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) commends the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) for sponsoring this annual observance to educate key audiences on preventing electrical fires, injuries and fatalities in the home and workplace. READ MORE
April 2010
In February’s column, I said that these are, in many ways, the best of times to be part of the electrical industry. Before the month was half over, this thought was validated by a heavy thinker—one among a growing crowd—who thinks we are living through a time leading to “The Coming Renaissance of Electrical Contracting.” READ MORE
March 2010
Traditionally, when electrical contractors (ECs) needed supervisors to manage work crews and serve as their company’s contact person on work sites, they promoted their best journey-level electricians into the foreman position and then, maybe, sent them off to a seminar on cost accounting or job scheduling. READ MORE
February 2010
If I were a pessimist, I could bemoan the fact that most economists think 2010 will be another tough year for nonresidential construction and that full recovery may not be realized until 2011 or later. But pessimism is for people who have no hope. READ MORE
January 2010
If your firm is currently engaging in some strategic planning, as so many do when the year is young, please don’t keep it to yourself. Your employees need to hear from you. Just as important, you need to hear from them. Like encouragement and sincere good wishes, open and honest communication should be shared company-wide and practiced all year round. READ MORE
December 2009
In last month’s column, I said that power line contractors are leading a revolution in how we make, move and use energy, and that there’s a major role for inside electrical contractors, too. READ MORE
November 2009
Outside line contractors have been an important part of the electrical industry and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) since the beginning. In fact, they were the beginning! READ MORE
September 2009
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) was green long before it was in style. Even back in the days when “green building” referred only to the exterior color of a structure, our association and member contractors were involved with energy efficiency, energy management, conservation, alternative power—whatever the term du jour. READ MORE
August 2009
NFPA 70E, the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, is voluntary in the sense that it hasn’t been adopted directly as an official law. In effect, it’s every bit as mandatory as any of the electrical--related rules enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or the state-run safety agencies that are required to be “at least as effective” as the federal agency. READ MORE