LiveWire - May 2023

April Membership Meeting

The Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) held its Regular Membership meeting on April 12, 2023, at Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg, IL. The meeting was an opportunity for members to learn more about Powering Chicago and the benefits of increasing brand awareness for their companies.

Members were encouraged to participate in the Power of Better media to increase their companies' brands and networks. The benefits of branding were discussed, including increased visibility, customer recognition, and the ability to differentiate themselves from competitors.

Additionally, Don Finn, Business Manager for IBEW Local Union 134, and the newly formed Local 134 Codes & Standards Committee discussed their initiative to improve Electrical Commissions in every town and municipality, hoping to make the electrical industry the go-to resource for codes and standards.

The Electrical Commissions will provide education and training to local officials on electrical codes and standards and promote union electrical contractors' use. This initiative aims to improve safety and quality on construction projects and increase job opportunities for union electrical contractors.

Overall, the meeting allowed members to learn about essential initiatives in the electrical industry and network with their peers. 

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Pictured from left to right are:

Rob Johnson, Founder, Rob Johnson Communications


Elbert Walters, III, Executive Director of Powering Chicago

ECA Regular Membership Meeting - Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Please join us for the ECA Regular Membership Meeting.


This luncheon event is scheduled as follows:


ECA Membership Meeting

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Union League Club of Chicago

65 W. Jackson Blvd. 

Chicago, IL 60604

(312) 427-7800

Registration / Networking: 5:30 pm

Dinner: 6:00 pm

Business Session: 7:00 pm

Event Concludes: 8:00 pm


The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) May Membership Meeting is to be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at the Union League Club of Chicago in Chicago, IL.

The session will feature Industry updates and presentations from Mike Carroll, Director of Business Development for Graybar. The focus for this session will be on the “Economic and Market Outlook" for the regional areas of Chicago. This presentation will examine the project spending and segment trends in construction and illuminate some product category trends and supply chain challenges.


Mike Carroll

Director Business Development

Upcoming Education

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

"Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023" -

4th Session was held April 27, 2023

This ECA Research and Education Committee held its fourth session of the six-session Sean Samson Sales Training Program.

The seminar are held at the Hyatt Lodge Hotel in Oak Brook, IL. We thank all that are participating with this dynamic program!

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

WIN / FL Conference

(April 16 - 17, 2023) --

The Women in NECA and Future Leaders (WINFL) Leadership Conference featured two full days (April 16 - 17, 2023) of education and breakout sessions which included featured speakers, group discussions and networking opportunities for both groups. The Women in NECA and Future Leaders (WINFL) conference preceded NECA Now 2023 in San Antonio, Texas. Both NECA Now and WINFL were held at the J.W. Marriott Hill Country.

Pictured above is Jerry McGlynn, McWilliams Electric Company, Inc., as he participated with the Q&A portion of the WIN/FL Town Hall Meeting with Kirk Davis, NECA President, Bob Davis Electric and

David Long, NECA CEO.

NECA Now Conference

(April 17 - 19, 2023) --

Far from your typical meeting, NECA NOW 2023 was a three-day Executive Leadership Conference focused on professional and personal growth. This Executive Leadership Conference provided attendees with the opportunity to gain insights into leadership development with presentations by top business experts. We thank all that were able to participate in both Conferences.

Pictured above is the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort

in San Antonio, TX.

NECA - BICSI Conference

(June 26 - 28, 2023) --

Stipend Available!

Join two industry giants in Denver, CO, as they come together to address the needs of the low-voltage and the ICT Industry.

NECA & BICSI have joined forces to bring you the NECA • BICSI Summit 2023.

Topics include:

  • Power over Ethernet
  • Intelligent Buildings
  • Distributed Antenna Systems
  • Faulted Manager Power and More

The program is being held at the Grand Hyatt Denver.


NECA Service & Maintenance Conference

(June 28 - 29, 2023) --

Stipend Available!

The goal of the first NECA Service & Maintenance Conference is to provide insight on how to navigate starting and running a service and maintenance-oriented division within your company through expert presentations and NECA contractor-led panels and discussions.

Service and maintenance work presents an opportunity for NECA members to grow their businesses, strengthen their relationships with customers and develop an ongoing revenue source. 

The program is being held at the Hyatt Regency Denver.


CISCO 35th Annual Luncheon

April 21, 2023

The Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) held its' 35th Annual Luncheon at Maggiano's Banquets on Friday, April 21, 2023 in Schaumburg, IL. Highlights of the program include the CISCO Annual Scholarship Awards, as well the featured presentation by Dan Seals, CEO of Intersect Illinois (pictured below). As Intersect Illinois' Chief Executive Officer, Dan Seals oversees all aspects of the organization, including marketing, sales, financing and personnel. Intersect Illinois is a public private partnership focused on global business development in Illinois. We thank all for their continued support of the CISCO organization.

IMSCA Lobby Day

April 26, 2023

IMSCA’s 2023 Lobby Day event was held on Wednesday, April 26th, at the Sangamo Club in Springfield, IL. Lobby Day attendees received an overview of current legislation being considered by the Illinois General Assembly that has an impact on the Illinois construction industry. Attendees also had the opportunity to visit their State Senators and Representatives at the Illinois State Capitol to discuss important legislative matters. This year’s event included a “Construction Industry Legislative Reception” co-hosted by the Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) and the Illinois Construction Industry Committee (ICIC) that was also held at the Sangamo Club. The Association would like to thank all the members that were able to participate with this special legislative program (IMSCA Membership Meeting pictured below).

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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:

ECA / NECA Safety Forum -- “Fall Protection & Prevention for the Electrical Worker” -- NECA Safety Meeting App Update

Friday, April 28, 2023

The Joint Safety Forum hosted by the Safety Committee's of the Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) and the Northeastern Illinois Chapter of NECA, as well as by PowerForward DuPage was held on April 28, 2023 at the DuPage / Local 701 JATC in Warrenville, IL. The Forum focused on "Fall Protection and Prevention for the Electrical Worker" and a NECA Safety Meeting App update.


NECA Safety Professionals Conference

The NECA Safety Professionals Conference (NSPC) is open to all NECA Members, IBEW and electrical training Alliance members. Conference attendees will experience three days of keynotes and breakout sessions from industry leaders and safety experts. Educational tracks include: Inside Electrical Construction, Leadership, NFPA 70E & Electrical Construction, Safety Management Regulations and Safety Management Risks. There will also be an exhibit hall with all the latest safety knowledge and gear with plenty of networking opportunities! Please register soon!


NECA Convention & Trade Show

Registration Begins in June!

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 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.

Details to Follow at!

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ECA Calendar


May 8 - 10, 2023

Basic Estimating of Electrical Construction

Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook

Oak Brook, IL


May 10, 2023

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Union League Club of Chicago

Chicago, IL


May 16, 2023

ECA DEI Committee Program

Hyatt Lodge

Oak Brook, IL 

May 21 - 23, 2023 

NECA 2023 DEI & B Task Force Summit

Nashville, TN

May 21 - 23, 2023

NECA Business Development Conference

Nashville, TN

May 24 - 26, 2023

2023 Safety Professionals Conference

Nashville, TN

May 31, 2023

"Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023"

Sean Samson Training, Ltd.

Session 5

Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook, IL


June 7 - 8, 2023

ECA 51st Annual Spring Conference

Abbey Resort

Fontana, WI


June 13 - 16, 2023

NECA Academy of Electrical Contracting

Cape Neddick, ME


June 26 - 28, 2023


Denver, CO


June 28 - 29, 2023

NECA Service & Maintenance Conference

Denver, CO



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

Hyatt Lodge

Oak Brook, IL

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