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NECA This Week (9/26/22)

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Electric Association Awards Dinner

Thursday, October 20, 2022

2022 Electric Association (EA) Awards


Please join the EA to celebrate the

Electric Association Award Recipients...


2022 Gold Medal Award Winner:

Michael Wall, WESCO


Hall of Fame Inductions: 

ECA member - Kendra Dinkins, Taylor Electric Company 

ECA member - Eric Nixon, Maron Electric Company

Brad Selby, CED


The Electric Association Awards program recognizes leadership and

excellence in the Chicagoland Electrical Industry. 


If you have not already done so,

CLICK HERE TO RSVP by October 13, 2022


Complete tables purchased by a company will have their Company's name displayed on the table. Tables 10, 11, and 12 Seats can be accommodated. Seats of less than 10 will be open seating.

We hope you join us in celebrating Kendra Dinkins' and Eric Nixon's "Hall of Fame" Award presentation!

The Electric Association Awards Dinner is being held as follows:

Thursday, October 20, 2022

The Carlisle Banquets

435 E. Butterfield Road, Lombard, IL 60148

Cocktails: 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm

Awards Ceremony to follow

Dress is Business Attire.

Again, Congratulations, Kendra and Eric!

Both have exemplified the nomination qualifications for the "Hall of Fame" Award -

 "Hall of Fame inductions are designed to honor outstanding individuals who have played a key role in the development and nurturing of the electrical industry and who have played a creative role in Chicagoland. This award recognizes individuals whose innovation, hard work, dedication, and vision have fostered industrial growth and social progress."

Here a few highlights of the post golf activities:

Second Annual ECA NECAPAC Golf Outing was held 9/21/2022

The Second Annual ECA NECAPAC Golf Outing was held on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at Cog Hill's "Dubsdread."  The attendees enjoyed a great day of golf on the iconic, yet challenging course.   The excellent swag offered, the good food, the special golf events, and Rick Jamerson, ECA President, Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc. leading the  raffle were among the highlights.  We thank all who were able to participate! 

2023 MEP Innovation Conference 

January 11 -13, 2023 

Austin, TX

Built by MCAA, NECA, and SMACNA leaders, the MEP Innovation Conference is the place to share and learn about the latest tools, software, technology, and processes aimed at improving contractors’ productivity and profitability. Don't miss this pivotal event that brings together experts across the specialty MEP trades to learn from the industry’s best and brightest.

Interested in attending?

Complete the form below.


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ELECTRI is working with Graybar and University of Kentucky researcher Hala Nassereddine on exciting research to determine best practices on how to improve efficiency through materials management. ELECTRI needs your help to complete this research and would appreciate your assistance.  Please take this short 20-minute survey designed to get opinions and recommendations from electrical Superintendents, Project Managers, and Foremen. This is a very important ELECTRI initiative, and we know there is significant interest in the outcome. Please help ELECTRI make it one of their top research initiatives this year!  If any questions regarding the survey, please contact Josh Bone, Executive Director, ELECTRI International at: Direct 404-317-4446 or at: Office 202-991-6235 or at:  josh.bone@electri.org.

A SPECIAL EDUCATION SESSION - As a follow up to the very successful August ELECTRI Council Room on EV Charging Station Work, ELECTRI is hosting a Special Education Session on Electrical Vehicle Training on October 3 led by the team at Sonepar. The program will include an introduction to EV Charging Solutions and will expand on the following topics:

  • Sustainability-Green Energy and Power
  • Infrastructure Solutions
  • Level 2 and Level 3 EV Charging Stations
  • Software
  • Battery Storage
  • Rebates and Incentives

This special education event is open to all members of the ELECTRI Council.

The Zoom Invitation is listed below:

Topic: ELECTRI - Sonepar EV Charging Education

Time: Oct 3, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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FIVE MINUTES. WE PROMISE. – If your company has an internship program, ELECTRI would like to learn more about it. Our Director of Future Workforce Development, Anna Trapane, is updating the industry resource “Best Practices for Industry Internships”. Sharing your experiences will be key to making sure the recommendations we include are current and valuable to companies across the country. If you will give ELECTRI five minutes, please contact Anna at anna.trapane@electri.org or call her at 240-446-6294.

HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR COFFEE?  ELECTRI is hosting a new monthly series “ & Coffee”. The first Zoom event “IT & Coffee” will be September 21st, hosted by Matt Lamb, Rosendin’s Chief Information Officer. This IT series will alternate monthly with “Con Tech & Coffee”, hosted by Jared Christman, ELECTRI’s Director of Construction Technology. “Con Tech & Coffee” launches October 26th. These casual conversations are ideal for your staff to get a better feel for both IT issues and Con Tech opportunities that come across their desk every day. Watch for your Zoom invitation, coming soon.

ALL CHARGED UP – Our August Council Room session definitely caught everyone’s attention. More than 120 Council members participated in the discussion on EV Charging Station work. In case you missed the session, or wish to review, you can watch the recording of the Council Room Session here. You will also find additional resources attached for your information.

Other Helpful Links Shared by Council Members:







TAKE TIME TO WATCH -- The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certificate education videos, commissioned by ELECTRI, are complete and available to download on the ELECTRI website. Click here for quick access to the site.

YOU’VE GOT MAIL – ELECTRI wants to be sure everyone in your company knows about their projects and can access the research and education ready for them. Please send ELECTRI the names and e-mail addresses of the staff members you would like them to add to their Quick Notes mailing list. Give your field and office personnel the opportunity to stay on top of industry trends and recommendations. Send your list to laura.holmes@electri.org  

ARE YOU WORKING LEAN? – One of ELECTRI’s industry partners, the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), is conducting a study to find ways to improve lean project outcomes through best practices. LCI is asking our ELECTRI Council members to complete a short survey for this initiative. The goal is to determine the degree to which the design and construction industry is aware of and utilizing the specific project practices in Lean Design and Construction that most frequently correlate to better project outcomes and greater professional satisfaction.

Survey contributors need to be familiar with project outcomes (budget compliance, schedule compliance, etc.) and contracting methods, as well as the processes in which the project team engaged. LCI is reaching out to trade and general contractors, owners, architects, and others with experience with all types of building projects, from commercial to industrial to infrastructure, to participate in the survey.   ELECTRI participation will be vital to this project’s success. Participants will receive a copy of the study’s findings and a copy of the LCI Lean Deployment Guide.


Please click this link to take the survey: 



TOP TEN –Please click on the link for the ten key takeaways from the ELECTRI Council summer meeting, as well as supplemental material from the session. Many thanks to all of the panelists and presenters for making the meeting so productive and informative.


NECA Safety Annual Survey


Please click on the link for the NECA Safety Annual Survey.

7/27/22 - NECA Safety Annual Survey

City of Chicago --

Sexual Harassment Policy / Preventive Training Adjustment(s)  - Update

Please be aware that the City of Chicago has recently updated (July 1, 2022 its Sexual Harassment Policy / Training Requirements for those firms who do work with the City.


Section 8. 2-160-040 was expanded in regard to definition of sexual harassment and additional time needed for actual training.


Please click on the link for the training modules for the city’s new sexual harassment policy.  

City of Chicago Training Modules


2022 Safety Leadership Summit is Open For Registration!

November 14 - 16, 2022 in Louisville, KY

The NECA Safety Leadership Summit is a unique conference for expanding leadership skills to persons responsible for safety throughout the electrical industry, in addition to providing an avenue to create new safety leaders within an organization. Networking opportunities to interact with peers, other professionals, and executives are integral and key tenets to this Safety Leadership Summit.


NECA Government Affairs Update  (9/23/22) --

Week in Review

Please click the link for a recent update from NECA Government Affairs. If you have any questions regarding the update, please reach out to NECA Government Affairs to: Hadlea Bender, Specialist at:  (713) 870-8619 / Jared Karbowsky, Director, Government Affairs, National Electrical Contractors Association at: 443-975-2932 


New NECAPAC Website!

NECA Government Affairs is excited to announce the launch of the new NECAPAC website! Their new website for online contributions can be found on the Government Affairs homepage and also here: https://necapac.necanet.org

On this new website you can find information on:

NECA will be updating this content frequently and we hope this new website becomes a resource for the membership. Please click on the link for more information.

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ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Erie Cafe -- Chicago, IL

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NECA Convention & Trade Show

Austin, TX

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Pre-Planning Beyond the Basics

Gibsons Steakhouse

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Managing Construction Delay Claims

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ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Maggiano's Banquets

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November 16, 2022

Transform Your Organization for the Future

Drake Oak Brook Hotel - Oak Brook, IL 

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Electrical Contractors' Association of Chicago Annual President's Party & Holiday Celebration

Offshore, Navy Pier Chicago