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Dear Industry Constituent, 
Since I assumed the role of executive director, I have been visiting members in the area to better understand their unique needs and challenges. Most recently I had the opportunity to visit with a Technical Training Program member, Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT) . I was very impressed with the vast array of programming available and of course was most interested in learning about the electrical and HVAC curriculums. On the day I visited, MBIT was hosting the SkillsUSA District Two competitions which brought together eight area career and technical schools from Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. Check out the competition pictures here .
MBIT is eager to get members involved and participating in a variety of ways such as joining their Occupational Advisory Committee, becoming a judge for events like the SkillsUSA event, or providing a career path for graduating students. MBIT is not the only technical school that is a member of the EAP; check out the EAP Membership Directory and think about connecting with a local school. You never know where that next star employee may come from!

Sarah Hagy, Executive Director
Welcome New Governors to the EAP Board
The EAP Board of Governors is pleased to announce the following new governors representing their membership division. You can view the full board listing  here.
Russ deFuria, O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning 

"I look forward to helping the HVAC division play a greater role in the Electrical Association of Philadelphia."
Bill Mecca, Mecca Electric 

"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the EAP Board of Governors and I look forward to contributing to the work of the organization."

Fran Pollart, Pollart Electrical Sales  
"I'd like to thank the Electrical Association for allowing me serve on the board. I would like to help the association promote this great organization to new members in the Philadelphia market. The association has so much to offer to members. We just have to get out and promote the value of the association."
EAP Committees - Apply Today 
Close up of old English dictionary page with word committee The EAP is currently accepting applications to join our committees. This is a great way to get more involved with the association, build your network and set the direction of the EAP. The time commitment is approximately one hour per month with meetings occurring in Plymouth Meeting, PA or by teleconference (you can choose).

Applications are due to EAP by March 15; please complete the information found here to be considered. Considerations will be made based on committee need and division representation.
Who's Next? Is Your Company Prepared to Respond to Claims of Sexual Harassment?
by Michael Torchia, Esq.
Michael Torchia, Esq. 
Sexual harassment and discrimination training are important components of your continued employee training and compliance programs. EAP's employment attorney, Michael Torchia of Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia, is generously offering EAP members a deep discount on sexual harassment and discrimination training.  
Normally $650 for a 75 minute, upbeat and at times humorous training session, members can bring Mr. Torchia in for this training at the EAP Member Rate of just $150. Check out Mr. Torchia's article featured in the January issue of Smart Business Philadelphia  to learn more about what steps you should take to prepare for a possible claim. Learn more here.

H&AC Residential Rebate Program Now Open!
The 2018 Heat Pump, Central Air Conditioning, and Mini Split Rebate Program opened on February 14; by now, contractors and manufacturers/distributors should have received and submitted materials to participate. Contracts must be signed between February 14 - April 25 and systems must be installed by May 16. All paperwork is due to the EAP by May 23; forms received after this date will not be accepted. You can learn more here or by contacting Arielle Sternman at (610) 825-1600 x14 or by email at   arielle@eap.org .
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EAP Education Foundation Scholarship 
An exclusive benefit to EAP members and their employees, the Education Foundation will award four scholarships in the amount of $3,000 this spring to graduating high school seniors. The deadline to submit applications is March 29. Here are some key links for the program:
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Don't forget that the EAP will pay your PA One Call Invoice!* Just mail, fax, or email  your unpaid invoice to EAP.
*Dues must be paid for 2018 in order to obtain this benefit.
Upcoming Industry Events

Executive Committee
Brigid Falasca
EATON Electrical 
Vice President
Pat Melvin
Rumsey Electric Company

Ken Hull

Chip Purcell 
Electric Man, LLC


Executive Director 

Deputy Executive Director

Administrative Assistant II

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