First, this Wednesday, December 14th at 11 AM Eastern ELECTRI will host its second IT & Coffee. The topic will be “IT Staffing - Finding the right size for you” –with Matt Lamb, Rosendin’s Chief Information Officer. In this session, Matt will continue to lead this casual interactive conversation so IT staff can get more comfortable with the IT issues and opportunities that come across their desk every day. These conversations are for all size companies. Whether or not you have a dedicated IT person, there can be great value to gained. Please click this link on Wednesday if you want to join the conversion.
Next, many of our Chapter contractors work closely with our ELECTRI partners - Border States, Graybar, Mayer, Sonepar and Wesco. Distributors want to be sure they have the right options in place to meet your members’ business needs. They want to know how ECs reach out to their distributors to order a part, get a spec sheet, or check ship dates.
ELECTRI and NECA are working closely with the National Association of Electrical Distributors on a special project: Contractors: Purchasing and Inquiry Preferences. Working together, we can make progress on the critical matter of supply challenges impacting all electrical contractors and your industry partners. NAED has asked us to reach out to all NECA contractors to gather information about their purchasing preferences. Now we are asking for your help in reaching your chapter members.
Please click here for the link to a simple five-minute survey. Your responses and recommendations can have a real impact on our relationships with our distributor partners.
A SMART MOVE – Congratulations! 44 NECA Chapters will each receive a $5,000 Wendt Scholarship credit from ELECTRI simply for offering a NECA education course for their members during 2023. This represents a 37% increase in the number of chapters that applied for an award – including nine first-time recipients.
IT’S A LIFESTYLE – In our recent Think Like A Leader conversation, Randy Maddox, President of Maddox Electric, told ELECTRI that he sees leadership as a lifestyle, not a technique. He describes the company’s commitment to its workforce as central to the firm’s success and explains how doing the right thing – popular or not – is always the right thing. Click here for the full interview.
THE PROJECT LIFECYCLE – Take a few minutes to listen to ELECTRI’s December 6th Council Room session. Follow Jonathan Marsh (Steel Toe Consulting) as he discussed the value of process mapping, detailed the rules that make mapping valuable, and warned of the pitfalls that can cause process mapping to fail. Here’s the link to a very informative Council Room.
LAST CHANCE – On December 16th, the hotel room block for our January 17-19 Council Meeting will close. Please don’t miss out on getting a room at this fantastic Scottsdale location. Here’s the link to register for the Council meeting and access the Room Reservation form.
KEEPING HIS WORD - In our recent Think Like A Leader interview, Scott Bringmann explains how he relies upon advice he received early in his career – “Your word and your reputation are key.” Scott has led Alcan Electric and Engineering, based in Alaska, and has now prepared the next generation of leaders to continue the firm’s 50+ years of service. Click here for the ELECTRI interview and learn how Scott focuses on keeping his word as an essential part of leading by example.
WHAT DO YOU PREFER? – Many of our contractors work closely with our ELECTRI partners - Border States, Graybar, Mayer, Sonepar and Wesco. Now, we can help them. Distributors want to be sure they have the right options in place to meet your business needs. They want to know how you reach out to your distributors to order a part, get a spec sheet, or check ship dates. ELECTRI and NECA are working closely with the National Association of Electrical Distributors on a special project: Contractors: Purchasing and Inquiry Preferences. Working together, we can make progress on the critical matter of supply challenges impacting all electrical contractors and your industry partners.
Let us know your preferences by completing this five-minute survey. Click here for the link. Feel free to forward the survey link to others in your company who should take part as well. For any questions, please contact Erika TenEyck at NAED. Thank you for your participation!
10 IS THE NUMBER – Our thanks to ELECTRI’s Program Review Committee, guided by Kellie Holland, for its outstanding work to select the research proposals to present to Council for your discussion and vote at our January meeting. Written proposals and videos will be sent out in advance for your review. Please make sure to register now for our Scottsdale meeting. Here’s the link. Your recommendations and your perspective will be essential to a good research portfolio for 2023.
ELECTRI MONITORS IT ALL – In addition to delivering all of ELECTRI’s outstanding initiatives, the Foundation also takes close care with its finances. Each fiscal year, ELECTRI goes through a comprehensive audit of its assets and expenditures. Click here to review this year’s Report to Stakeholders.
ALWAYS THINKING - Karen Bazela, Siemens Regional Sales Director, is enthusiastic about the opportunities and challenges of being a company leader. Her favorite advice? “A leader knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” Click here for our Think Like A Leader conversation with Karen Bazela.
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