I believe in the power of association. Networking. Sharing experiences and ideas with my fellow electrical contractors.
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) organizes meetings, conferences and a convention. These events are a terrific way to get to know other contractors and grow your business. I know from experience. At the beginning of every year, I examine the NECA calendar and see what events it makes sense to attend. If you’re an executive at a company, it is important to get your employees involved as well.
I always look forward to NECA’s Convention and Trade Show. I have faithfully attended this annual event for many years. This year, it will be held Sept. 29–Oct. 2 in Philadelphia and will combine the best of the electrical construction industry’s superior educational offerings, cutting-edge technology and innovative products. Plus, there is the opportunity to meet with contractors and vendors from across the country. The early registration period for NECA 2018 Philadelphia begins this summer, but it’s never too early to start planning and budgeting for your trip.
Other NECA conferences worth checking out include the National Legislative Conference (May 16–18 in Washington, D.C.) and the Safety Professionals Conference (May 21–23 in Louisville, Ky.). These hands-on meetings enable us to learn as well as influence the direction of our industry. I also want to give a special plug to two more events happening this May in Nashville: the Women In NECA Leadership Summit and the Future Leaders Conference. Both do a tremendous job building a stronger NECA and showcasing some of our industry’s best talent.
NECA hosts more than 300 meetings per year, so there definitely is something for everyone. (The executive leadership conference NECA Now returns in 2019.) Visit necanet.org or talk to your chapter manager. Find out what programs are best for you and your company, and take advantage of our incredible power of association.
About The Author
David Long is the current CEO of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). From January 2018 through March 2019, he served as NECA's president.