Big Show Gets Bigger (And Better!) Every Year

You probably already know the NECA Show is the largest exposition serving the electrical construction industry. But did you know that it’s still growing?

Trade Show Executive magazine recently recognized our annual event as one of the fastest growing trade shows in North America on two counts—in terms of number of attendees and number of exhibiting companies. It’s no surprise that the NECA Show shines in both categories; attendees and exhibitors strengthen and inspire one another.

More than 75 percent of NECA Show attendees say their top reason for going to the show is to find new products and services. Well, good news for electrical professionals who attend the 59th NECA Show Oct. 12–15 in Washington, D.C.; they will have the opportunity to meet more than 300 exhibitors. Exhibitions include electrical and datacom manufacturers; makers of power tools, hand tools, and site equipment; lighting suppliers; software vendors; distributors; and others.

Many of the exhibitors are well-known and have been serving the electrical industry for decades. Some are startups introducing innovations you didn’t even know you needed. All of them are eager to talk with you and help you find solutions. They will be displaying thousands of new products and services that can save you time and money on your bottom line and add profit to your job.

Veteran NECA Show attendees know there is no other place where you can talk directly with leading manufacturers and distributors, test drive products, ask about customizations, and speak with research and development teams about your specific needs all in one place at one time.

By the same token, companies that want to move their products from the warehouse to the project site know there are no customers more powerful than the astute, demanding professionals who attend the NECA Show. After all, 75 percent of NECA Show attendees report that they are either the “final decision-maker” for the purchase of new products and services or they are “part of the decision-making team.” More than eight in 10 electrical contractors report having a “medium” or “high” level of influence on the overall electrical design or specifications with building owners or design team members, and, overall, ECs are able to select the brand or make brand substitutions about 70 percent of the time, according to this magazine’s July 2012 “Profile of the Electrical Contractor” research study.

Of course, NECA 2013 Washington offers a whole lot in addition to the NECA Show. The NECA Convention, which is exclusively for NECA members, and the management seminars held in conjunction with it are very important aspects of the event. So are the technical workshops that the exhibitors conduct right on the show floor. Choose from 19 of these short classes on such subjects as power, alternative-energy opportunities, improving productivity, new management tools, security, and life safety. They’re all free, like the NECA Show itself.

NECA 2013 Washington also offers preconvention workshops that start Friday, Oct. 11. These seminars will present an in-depth look at top issues, including alternative-energy opportunities, updates in safety and Code changes, prefab construction, line construction, and new and innovative management strategies.

You can attend the Energy Forum on Saturday, Oct. 12, to discover new products and services, learn about best practices, network with your peers, boost your company’s productivity, and explore new markets. The forum wraps up in time for the NECA Green Energy Challenge, the annual competition for NECA Student Chapters.

The two-day NECA Safety Forum starts Saturday, as well, with the fifth annual Safety Roundtable set for Sunday afternoon. Discussion will focus on changes in safety and health rules and best practices being adopted and implemented in the electrical industry.

And that’s just an appetizer from the professional development menu. NECA 2013 Washington also means great networking opportunities, outstanding speakers, fabulous social events, and all the fun and excitement Washington, D.C., has to offer. The hard part is choosing among all the options.

As you plan your itinerary, keep in mind that NECA has categorized the strategies, best practices and technical updates that will be presented by the industry’s leading experts into five distinct groups—management, electrical, energy solutions, line construction, and safety. NECA’s event planners recommend that you cover all the bases by bringing your key personnel so they can attend one track while you cover another.

Fortunately, an information-packed brochure is included in this magazine starting on page 97, and more details (and online registration!) are available at Please look the materials over and start planning your company’s participation now. It could take a while!

About the Author

Dennis F. Quebe

President, NECA
Dennis Quebe is a former president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and contributed the President's Desk column monthly. He took office in January 2012 and served a three-year term.

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