LiveWire - July 2023

June Membership Meeting / 51st Annual Spring Conference

The Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) held its Regular Membership meeting on June 7, 2023, at the Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin. The meeting was held during the Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) 51st Annual Spring Conference. Over 85 registered for the Conference. This was the first time the Abbey Resort venue, as well as the Abbey Springs, were used for this Conference.

Highlights of the Membership Meeting, include the following: President Fimbianti presented Stefan Lopata, Kelso-Burnett Co, the “2023 ECA Award of Excellence.” President Fimbianti also presented Rick Jamerson, Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc., with a “Skyline Plaque,” as well as a generous travel voucher to acknowledge Mr. Jamerson’s previous term as ECA President. Ten golf prizes were given to close out the session.

The presentation by Phil Gwoke, Bridgeworks, called, "Facilitating Knowledge Transfer: Fostering Effective Mentorship Between Experience and Emerging Professionals," was well received.

We wish to thank all that were able to participate in this year's Conference! 


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Check out what you missed: Spring Conference Recap Video

Pictured from left to right are:

Bob Fimbianti, ECA President, Linear Electric Inc, awarding Stef Lopata, Kelso-Burnett Co.,

ECA's 2023 Recognition of Excellence.

Pictured from left to right are:

Bob Fimbianti,ECA President, Linear Electric, Inc. presenting Rick Jamerson, NECA Governor, Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc. with the "Skyline Plaque."

Upcoming Education

Pictured above is Sean Samson, Sean Samson Training, Ltd.., as he began his presentation.

"Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023" - Program 6 of Six Sessions - July 27, 2023

The final session of "Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023" takes place July 27, 2023, at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, IL


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ECA 2023 Educational & Special Events Programming

Please click on the link for a listing of upcoming programs sponsored by the Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research & Education Committee, as well as National NECA events, Chapter programs.

CLICK HERE for the Events listing.

ECA Educational Stipends

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Executive Committee recently approved a number of educational stipends for various events throughout 2023.

CLICK HERE for the Stipend listings.

2023 NECA Events

The Young Professionals of ECA (Electrical Contractors' Association) of Chicago had a fantastic time on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Impact Field, home of the Chicago Dogs baseball team. The evening was filled with learning, networking, ballpark food, and baseball!

The event started off at 5 pm with a captivating Technical Software/Hardware presentation by Jack Forrest from Trimble and Nick Dionne from BuildingPoint Midwest. As the members gathered, Jack and Nick delved into the world of innovative solutions that can improve the efficiency of construction projects from start to finish. Their presentation showcased how technology can seamlessly connect the office and the field, enabling enhanced collaboration and efficiency throughout construction.

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2023 Leadership Conference

The Young Professionals committee is thrilled to announce that registration is now live for our 2023 Leadership Conference!

Mark your calendars for September 14-15, 2023, as we have a jam-packed 2-day conference filled with great speakers, food & drink, and networking opportunities!

Program Highlights:

  • Tour of Milwaukee Tool
  • Off-Campus Activity at MobCraft Beer
  • Education and Break-Out Sessions

The cost for the event is $250.00 per person. This event is open to all ECA Member Firms and their Employees.

The fee covers lodging, conference programs and events, and food and beverage.

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2023 ECA Summer Social

Mark your calendars for Friday, August 18, 2023, as we have a wonderful day planned at the Navy Pier Offshore Rooftop Bar!

Located at the far East end of Chicago’s Navy Pier, Offshore Rooftop offers unencumbered views of Lake Michigan and the city’s famed skyline not found anywhere else.

Program Highlights:

  • Chicago Air & Water Show practice
  • Food, Beverages, & Networking
  • Tremendous Views of the City Skyline

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Safety Update

CSC Update

For a listing of coursework available through the Construction Safety Council (CSC) for the month of March 2023, please visit

NECA Safety Professionals Institute

Designed for new safety professionals in the EC industry, this program provides participants with the “must-know” topics for those responsible for keeping our workers safe. NECA recognizes that health and safety is a “Shared Responsibility” between employers and employees and provides this training for awareness and to help reduce incidents, injuries, and fatalities through an established Safety Management System, adaptable for all organizations. Applications for the NECA Safety Professionals Institute will be processed on a first-come basis, and attendance is limited. The registration deadline for this program is August 1, 2023. If you have any questions about the program, contact


Industry Update

IMSCA Raffle


THANKS to the generosity of our IMSCA members for prize donations, NINE RAFFLE WINNERS will be drawn this year! Tickets are $50 each. Each ticket purchased buys you a chance to win the prize of your choice. Your choices include:


·    FOUR tickets to cheer on the Chicago Bears vs. Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field (November 9, 7:15 p.m.). This prize also includes parking passes (Value: $1,100.00). Donated by Tom Morton, LLD Electric Company.

·    FOUR tickets to cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in 200 Club Level seats (Date TBA). Donated by Jim McGlynn, McWilliams Electric Company.

·    $1,500 Travel Package that includes a $500 Southwest Airlines, $500 Delta Airlines and $500 gift cards. Donated by Bloomington-Normal PHCC/IL PHCC.

·    $500 Amazon gift card. Donated by Electrical Contractors Association of Chicago.

·    $500 Best Buy gift card. Donated by PCA of Greater Chicago.

·    $500 Cabela’s gift card. Donated by Underground Contractors Association of Illinois.

·    $500 GoPlay Golf gift card good at 5,000+ golf courses nationwide or for use on golf merchandise, golf lessons or golf vacations. Donated by Bloomington-Normal PHCC/IL PHCC.

·    $500 Home Depot gift card. Donated by SMACNA Greater Chicago.

·    $500 Morton’s Steakhouse gift card. Donated by Bloomington-Normal PHCC/IL PHCC.


This is a great fundraiser package containing something for everyone.  The winning tickets will be drawn at IMSCA’s Board and Membership meeting on September 15, 2023. The winners do not need to be present to win.  Please click the link below for the Raffle Form!


Click Here for IMSCA Raffle Form

NECA Convention & Trade Show

Registration is Open!

NECA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show is in Philadelphia for 2023!


NECA 2023 Philadelphia will be from September 29th – October 2nd.

At a NECA Convention, it’s hard to take advantage of everything. With multiple education sessions running at once, trying to get around the trade show floor, and catching up with other attendees, you always miss something.

NECA 2023 Philadelphia: It Makes Perfect Business Sense

Where else can you participate in educational sessions geared to the needs of NECA contractors, connect with manufacturers and solution providers you rely on, and network with your fellow contractors? Only at NECA 2023 Philadelphia.

You get all that information and face-to-face networking in just three days, meaning fewer days out of the office, lower travel costs, and immediate results!

Member registration fee for NECA 2023 Philadelphia includes:

· 1,750 minutes of Convention Education sessions

· Three lunches on the NECA Show floor

· Opening Reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages

· Business Development Seminar

· Closing Celebration with open bar

· Daily Prize Drawing tickets

· Show Stoppers Showcase

· Three General Sessions

· 14 hours of exclusive NECA Show access

· 1,800 minutes of workshops on the NECA Show Floor

Chapter Hotel

The Chapter hotel is the Four Seasons Philadelphia!

Chapter Convention Stipend

The ECA Executive Committee approved the educational stipends of the Registration fees for up to two representatives and their guest and/or spouse, if applicable, of participating ECA member firms for the NECA Convention on September 29 – October 2, 2023. The Executive Committee also approved an additional stipend of $1,000.00 per applicable attendee’s room block utilization for the NECA Convention & Trade Show to offset the room night cost increase with the Four Seasons Philadelphia Hotel. 

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Industry Statistics

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ECA Calendar


July 17 - 19, 2023

ELECTRI Council Meeting

Kohler, WI


July 27, 2023

"Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023"

Sean Samson Training, Ltd.

Session 6

Oak Brook, IL


August 18, 2023

ECA Summer Event

Off-Shore Navy Pier

Chicago, IL


September 20, 2023

ECA Membership Meeting

The Chicago Firehouse

Chicago, IL

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