ECA Chicago

                  JULY 2020
Upcoming Events

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

July 30, 2020
MEP Young Professionals Trivia Night
via Zoom Meeting.
Registration information to follow soon.

August 4, 2020
ECA Golf Outing
Kemper Lakes Golf Club
Kildeer, IL

August 14, 2020
ECA End of Summer Event
Air and Water Show Rehearsal
Lakeside Theater 
Chicago, IL
for August 13, 2021!

August 27, 2020
"Managing Field Productivity" (Additional) Seminar
Drake Oak Brook Hotel,
Oak Brook, IL

September 9, 2020
ECA Regular Membership Meeting
Kelly Richmond Pope, PhD., CPA
"White Collar" Crime Issues
Mastro's Steakhouse - Chicago

September 16 - 17, 2020
Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction Workshop
Drake Oak Brook Hotel,
Oak Brook, IL

Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago


Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA

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

Please review this month's LiveWire newsletter.  We hope you enjoy the local and national industry updates.   As a reminder, we also invite to join us on Facebook and LinkedIn!  

Stay up to date on the latest changes for our Industry including news releases, workplace safety and preparation guidelines, legislation, and more that affect electrical contractors in Chicago and Cook County.


Two Chapter Members Inducted into the
2020 Academy of Electrical Contracting!
NECA has announced the inductees for the 2020 Academy of Electrical Contracting. Fellowship in the Academy of Electrical Contracting is one of the highest honors bestowed upon an individual in our industry.

The Academy of Electrical Contracting was established in Philadelphia on October 11, 1968. On that date, the Board of Governors of the National Electrical Contractors Association authorized the addition of Article XI to the NECA Bylaws, thus establishing the Academy to recognize exceptional and outstanding service to the electrical contracting industry. The Academy of Electrical Contracting honors outstanding leaders in the electrical contracting industry, and it preserves and utilizes their wealth of experience and knowledge for the benefit of the industry. Fellows of the Academy have rendered exceptional service to the industry and the National Electrical Contractors Association and that service is continued and enhanced through their fellowship in the Academy. This is accomplished through the Academy's Working Group, special papers presented by Fellows, participation in the Annual Meeting and the general camaraderie among Fellows.

The following inductees from the Chicago & Cook County Chapter will be installed during the virtual NECA Convention & Trade Show - NECA Live 2020: Eric Nixon, Maron Electric Company and David Witz, Continental Electrical Construction Company. 

The Association congratulates Eric and David for achieving this very special industry milestone!
ECA Leadership Webinar Series
(Second & Third sessions)
The ECA Research and Education Committee was pleased to present a three-part Leadership Webinar Series.  All of the programs were presented by Alex Willis, Leadership Surge.   

The second session that was held on June 4, 2020 was called, "Change Matters."  The goal of this program was to help you take responsibility for how you react and respond to a change by giving you a set of tools and techniques of self-awareness and assessment to light up the curves and sometimes bumpy ride on your road to change.

The  third session that was held on June 18, 2020 was  called, "Building High Performance Teams."  The training program was geared to help you create a more professional, dynamic, effective work team that enjoys the work environment and consistently achieves more.

These two programs, as well as the first, were well received.   We thank Mr. Willis for the presentations.  

Pictured above is Alex Willis, Leadership Surge.

"Mental Health Awareness for Leaders"
June 9, 2020 Webinar
The ECA Research and Education Committee was pleased to present a webinar that was held on June 9, 2020 and was called, "Mental Health Awareness for Leaders." The presenter was Kathy Horton, of Employee Resource Systems, Inc.
Kathy Horton discussed some of the signs, symptoms and implications of some of the most common mental health conditions that the US Workforce faces, as well as some practical tools and tips for leaders.   We thank Ms. Horton for this informative presentation.

ECA Golf Outing
August 4, 2020
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) is pleased to present a special event in lieu of the ECA Annual Spring Conference. The event is the "ECA Golf Outing." This is an opportunity for Chapter members to not only participate in a complimentary golf outing at Kemper Lakes Golf Club, 24000 N. Old McHenry Road in Kildeer, Illinois, which includes use of a driving range, lunch, food and beverages on the course, cocktails and dinner, networking and a raffle; but, an opportunity to contribute to the NECAPAC.   Registration closes on July 22, 2020.  

ECA Education Schedule
(Remainder of 2020)
As you are aware, the ECA Research and Education Committee has revised its Education Schedule for the remainder of 2020.  Please click on the link below for a listing of the remaining programs.  You can register for these sessions on the ECA website at:

NECA 2020 Convention &Trade Show - 
VIRTUAL Event  - October 5 - 7, 2020

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) announced the 2020 Convention and Trade Show will take place entirely online October 5-7, featuring brand-new virtual experiences. McCormick Place in Chicago, the planned site for the 2020 Convention, informed NECA that it does not have approval at this time to hold the event, and the association is adjusting accordingly.
This virtual event will maintain its traditional dynamic speakers and educational opportunities, but has been adjusted to meet the evolving requirements demanded by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The NECA Convention and Trade Show is the industry's hallmark event. It is important we continue to provide the best education, the latest offerings in innovation, and continue cultivating the sense of community within the industry that our organization has always provided," said NECA CEO David Long. "For that reason, NECA 2020 Live will utilize the latest technology to bring the convention and show to contractors across America."
NECA 2020 Live will feature inspiring keynote addresses from NECA 2020 host and emcee David Meade and Paralympic gold medalist Victoria Arlen, as well as a fireside chat with industry leaders and dozens of educational sessions. NECA is excited about working with their industry-leading exhibitors to bring the latest electrical and telecommunications products to the industry. All events will be streamed online for attendees. The inaugural NECA Apprentice Challenge is postponed while the NECA Safety Professionals Conference will now be hosted as a virtual event later in 2020.
Please note, the NECA Board of Governors Meeting will also be delivered on a virtual platform. More details will follow.  
Registration for the NECA 2020 Live opens early July, 2020. 
Visit  or to stay in the know on all NECA 2020 Live updates!


ECA Special Events 

July 30, 2020
MEP Young Professionals Trivia Night  via Zoom Meeting.
Registration information to follow soon.

August 4, 2020 
ECA Golf Outing
Location:  Kemper Lakes Golf Club

August 14, 2020
ECA End of Summer Event
Air and Water Show Rehearsal
Lakeside Theater 
Chicago, IL
RE-SCHEDULED  for August 13, 2021!

December 4, 2020
ECA Christmas Party / President's Party
Crystal Gardens at  Navy Pier
Safety Update
--CSC July Schedule
For a listing of coursework available through the Construction Safety Council (CSC) for the month of July, please click on the link: 
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