ECA Chicago

                         JANUARY 2020
Upcoming Events

We hope that you will be able to attend these events: 

January 9, 2020
ECA Regular Membership Meeting
Drury Lane Conference Center
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

January 9 - 10, 2020
Electric Association Conference
Drury Lane Conference Center
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

January 22, 2020
ECA Research and Education Committee presents,
"Apps for Business" Workshop
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL

January 29, 2020
ECA Research and Education Committee presents,
"Material Purchasing:  Subcontractor vs. General Contractor"
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL

February 6 - 7, 2020
Young Professionals of ECA: 2020 Leadership Conference
Westin Hotel
Itasca, IL

Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago


Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA

Phone:  708-531-0022
Fax:  708-531-0071

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December Holiday Celebration
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held a celebration of the season from the ROOF of the Wit Hotel on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.  The mid-afternoon program was highlighted by the plaque presentation for Advent Systems, Inc. for their 25th anniversary as a NECA member and the awarding of the ECA "Recognition of Excellence" Award to Steve Diamond, Malko Communication Services, LLC for his many years of volunteer service to the Association, the Electrical Insurance Trust (EIT), and the industry.  We congratulate Michael Walsdorf and Michael Schwarz of Advent Systems for their years of service!  We thank Steve for all his efforts!   
Pictured above from left to right are:
Steve Diamond, Malko Communication Services, Inc. and
Rick Jamerson, ECA President, Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Pictured above from left to right are:
Michael Schwarz, Advent Systems, Inc., 
Rick Jamerson, ECA President,
Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc., and
Michael Walsdorf, Advent Systems, Inc.

Young Professionals of ECA:  2020 Leadership Conference / Holiday Happy Hour 
Holiday Happy Hour
The ECA Young Professionals Holiday Happy Hour was held on December 18, 2019 at Five Roses Pub in the Rosemont Entertainment District.  The Happy Hours are designed to give young professionals a chance to meet with peers in the industry, in a social, relaxed environment.  Keep on the lookout for upcoming sessions!

Young Professionals Conference
As a reminder, the Young Professionals Conference will be held on February 6 - 7, 2020 at the Westin in Itasca, Illinois.  This year's conference will focus on the theme: "Setting the  P.A.C.E.  of our Future".


Life's busy schedules often keep us from reaching our fullest potential.  This year's conference will guide attendees to develop an action plan to take charge of a demanding schedule, and become more productive, efficient individuals at work and at home. The conference sessions will also give attendees a look at innovative construction technology that help streamline tasks in the office and on the jobsite.

We are very pleased to welcome featured speakers:

Alex Willis, Leadership Surge,
Amanda King, Leadership and Development Coach, NECA, and
Josh Bone, NECA's Director of Innovation.

We hope that you will join us for the Conference!

ECA Educational Programming for 2020
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee is pleased to present its educational programming for 2020.  Please click on the "Learn More" link for a listing of the programs for 2020.  A number of other seminars are to be added, soon.  Registration for the programs will be made available on the ECA website at:

NECA Premier Partners
-- Milwaukee Tool

NECA's Premier Partner sponsorship program connects NECA members to the leading companies in the electrical construction industry.  It represents the most comprehensive business-to-business marketing and sales opportunity ever presented to reach the $160 billion electrical construction industry.  Premier Partners of NECA showcase their brands, products and services in the electrical construction industry through hundreds of NECA events, publications and digital platforms year-round, including the annual NECA Convention and Trade Show, the industry's premier trade show and gathering. The Chicago and Cook County Chapter, NECA will focus on each NECA Premier Partner over the coming months.  This month's focus will be on Milwaukee Tool.


NECA 2020 Convention Coming to Chicago

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Convention & Trade Show will be held in Chicago at McCormick Place on October 3 - 6, 2020!  Special programming / Convention activities will be announced through the coming months!  We hope that you will be able to participate with this event!


NECA Opens Submission for 2020 Project 

Excellence Awards

NECA will begin accepting submissions for the 2020 Project Excellence Awards Program on January 1, 2020

These prestigious awards recognize NECA member companies for their outstanding commitment, professionalism and ingenuity in delivering an electrical project across 12 different market sectors:
  • Commercial/Institutional
  • Design Build
  • Educational
  • Energy Solutions/        Green Building
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial
  • Low Voltage/   
    Integrated Systems
  • Overhead Transmission
  • Residential
  • Street Lighting/         Traffic Signal
  • Substation/Interconnection
  • Transportation & Infrastructure
Entries feature projects small and large, from religious facilities, schools   and universities to hospitals, hotels, commercial office buildings, sports stadiums and large solar installations. 

Submissions for projects completed in 2019 will be accepted until April 30.  

For additional information, including a timeline of the application process, program FAQs, 2019 submissions and award winners archive, and a gallery of all project submissions visit »

Program Rules and Information:

To be eligible, a NECA member must have performed the installation. It must have been completed between Jan. 1, 2019 and Dec. 31, 2019. The deadline for submissions for the 2020 Project Excellence Awards is April 30.

Contact Mir Mustafa at or 301-215-4556 for additional information.
CISCO Scholarships Available 

As a reminder, t he Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) is a joint labor-management group consisting of numerous area unions and construction trade associations in the Northeastern Illinois area. The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) is an active member. All signatory Local Union #134, IBEW contractors and signatory electricians can benefit from CISCO programming. 

CISCO is accepting applications for its 2020 Scholarship Program.  The three different categories enable a wider range of students of both union building trade members and union contractor employees to apply.  CISCO offers (3), four-year scholarships to high school seniors; (2), two-year awards for seniors planning on attending a community college; and (2), two-year continuing education awards to union members or contractor employees.

The application forms can be downloaded from the following links:

All applications and accompanying documents must be postmarked by February 21, 2020. For more information, contact CISCO at 630.472.9411.

Electric Association 2020 Scholarship Program
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) offers all ECA members the opportunity to participate with the Electric Association (EA). The ECA covers EA membership fee for all ECA member firms. The Electric Association Education Foundation is pleased to open the application period for the following seven academic scholarships:
Electric Association Scholarship ($2500)
The Kinander Family Scholarship ($2500)
The Steiner Kerman Education Foundation Scholarship ($2500)
The Joseph J. Archibald Jr. Memorial Scholarship ($2500)
The Rosenstein Family Scholarship ($2500)
The Anixter Family Scholarships (2 @ $2500)
Please visit their SCHOLARSHIP PAGE ONLINE to read the CRITERIA and download an electronic APPLICATION.
Electric Association members and their lineal descendants are eligible to apply.  Please carefully review the scholarship criteria for complete details, deadlines, and a check list of items to be included in each application. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 15, 2020.  Award winners will be formally announced and recognized at the Electrical Industry Dinner Dance and Auction Benefit on February 8th, 2020 at the Westin Hotel, Itasca. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship program, please contact the EA office at: (630) 305-3050 or email Ms. Ali Novinger, EA Executive Director at: 
Safety Update
--CSC January Schedule
For a listing of coursework available through the Construction Safety Council (CSC) for the month of January, please click on the link: 

Safety Conference 
--CSC & ASA  March, 2020
This Annual Construction Expo and Safety Conference, co-hosted by the Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates of Chicago (ASA Chicago) and Construction Safety Council (CSC) serves Chicagoland construction industry professionals by providing unique opportunities for business-to-business commerce, education and networking.   The event is being held at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois on March 2 - 3, 2020.

Safety Forum
--February 13, 2020 
The Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA Safety Committee and the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA Safety Committee are jointly sponsoring a morning Safety Forum on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 8:00 am at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, Illinois.  The speakers for the program are: Ms. Karen Rioux, Partner,
MCGann, Ketterman & Rioux and William Heffernan, Co-founder, Employee Resource Systems, Inc.  The presentations are to include discussion of the Illinois Workplace Transparency Act concerning employer obligations for Sexual Harassment Prevention Training and Reasonable Suspicion implementation including impact of the new Illinois Recreational Marijuana Law.   The forum is complimentary for all ECA members.  Registration is now open on the ECA website at
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