The National Electrical Contractors Association hosts one of the most successful trade shows in the country during our convention every fall. Its growth makes me extremely proud as NECA’s president. It can never happen without the involvement of hundreds of exhibitors who work tirelessly throughout the year to finds ways to engage members of the electrical industry. NECA 2018 Philadelphia, which was held Sept. 29–Oct. 2, was no exception.
On behalf of NECA and our 10,000 attendees, I personally want to thank the more than 300 exhibitors who made the trip to the City of Brotherly Love to support our association. They always add tremendous value to NECA and our annual gathering. For three days, our trade show bustled with activity. I remember walking by one busy exhibitor, a small business that has found success manufacturing cable benders for electrical professionals. It was inundated with new business opportunities. In another area, contractors flocked to the BIM Cave, a phenomenal example of innovation and design that is changing the way we do our jobs. Clearly, embracing technology is the way forward for our industry.
Spending time on show floors like the one in Philadelphia (and next year in Las Vegas) presents myriad ways to form new and build on existing relationships. It means exploring solutions in everything from management to estimating and logistics. I encourage you to pursue partnerships with our exhibitors in the months ahead. Reach out to their people, and visit their websites to learn more about doing business with the companies that support NECA. We can continue to work with them to bridge the workforce shortage, which is vital for the future of our industry. Thank you for your commitment and passion.