LiveWire - June 2023

May Membership Meeting

The Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) held its Regular Membership meeting On May 10, 2023, at the Union League Club in Chicago, IL. The meeting was an excellent opportunity for members to learn about the current economic and market outlook for the Chicagoland area. Examining project spending, segment trends in construction, and supply chain challenges. 

Topics of Discussion:

  • US Economic Condition (Growth Headwinds & Tailwinds)
  • Inflation and Geopolitical Risks 
  • Government Investments
  • Impact of Supply Chain Disruptions
  • Standard Product Lead Times

We want to thank Graybar for the thoughtful discussions! 


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Pictured from left to right are:

Mike Carroll, Director of Business Development, Graybar,

Jessica Wilson, Strategic Account Manager, Graybar,

Matt Stone, Director of Electrical Sales, Graybar,

John Sepiol, Manager of Chicago Business, Graybar,

John Gambacorta, Schneider Channel Manager, Schneider Electric,

Bob Fimbianti, ECA President, Linear Electric, Inc.

ECA 51st Annual Spring Conference

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

ECA 51st Annual Spring Conference

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 - Thursday, June 8, 2023

The Abbey Resort

269 Fontana Blvd.

Fontana, WI 53125

(262) 275-9000

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 7, 2023


Golf Outing - Shotgun Start

11:00 A.M. - Abbey Springs Golf Course

Hotel Registration 

Abbey Resort - 4:00 P.M.



7:00 P.M. - Abbey Resort

Harbor Patio (Weather permitting)


Membership Dinner Meeting

7:45 P.M. - Abbey Resort

Sand Bar Room

Thursday, June 8, 2023



8:30 A.M. - Abbey Resort

Wisconsin Ballroom


Business Session:

9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. - Abbey Resort

Wisconsin Ballroom

 Phil Gwoke, Bridgeworks – Guest Presenter

FACILITATING KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER: Fostering effective mentorship between experienced and emerging professionals.”

Phil Gwoke

Keynote Speaker

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

Spots are still available!


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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

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.


ECA Participates in Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago

April 29, 2023

The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) joined forces with Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago for National Rebuilding Day on Saturday, April 29, 2023. This annual event brought together community leaders, trade unions, service clubs, companies, and volunteers to repair and improve homes and neighborhoods in communities across Chicagoland.

Chicago’s Mayor-Elect, Brandon Johnson, kicked off the event in the Englewood neighborhood. At the same time, Blue Island Mayor Fred Bilotto started things in Blue Island, IL, where more than 1,500 volunteers partnered with the community to repair and improve 75 homes.

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ECA's DEI Workshop Series Concludes -

May 16, 2023

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its final installment of the DEI Workshop Series presented by Alex Willis on May 16, 2023. This program illustrated how a DEI strategy works while also providing a step-by-step approach on what to do, who is the champion to carry it out, and why you need to do this now to achieve a culture of belonging at your company.

The DEI Workshop Series was a 6-month program that provided practical insights and strategies for building an inclusive workplace. Highlighting the need for organizations to proactively address biases, establish equitable policies and practices, and promote diverse representation at all levels.

We want to thank Alex Willis for putting on an excellent program leaving attendees with an understanding of the importance of DEI and the tools to effect meaningful change within their organizations!

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ECA Participates in the 4th Annual Cowboy Shootout -

May 19, 2023

The Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) had the pleasure of participating in and sponsoring the 4th annual Cowboy Shootout on May 19, 2023, at the Halter Wildlife Inc. This annual event supports The Well Resource Center, a vital organization that assists first responders and their families on the Northwest side of Chicago by providing safe and trusted environments of community support.

The Cowboy Shootout was an action-packed day featuring a series of competitions designed to test the participants' marksmanship, speed, and agility. Cowboys and cowgirls showcased their shooting skills in various categories, including pistol duels, mounted shooting, archery, and axe-throwing challenges.

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The 2023 Business Development Conference was held in Nashville, TN, from May 21-23, 2023. The conference focused on empowering members with the expertise, resources, and innovative strategies needed to succeed in a dynamic and ever-evolving business landscape. 

The conference provided a platform for growth, collaboration, and game-changing opportunities, allowing contractors to stay ahead of the curve and achieve their full potential. 

Topics of Discussion:

  • Market Trends & Current Threats
  • Project Development 
  • Electrical Vehicles 
  • Industry Resources & Partnerships
  • IBEW Efforts

The Business Development Conference continues to grow and evolve, providing valuable information for contractors, NECA chapters, and Business Development staff alike.

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Pictured above is Rick Jamerson, NECA Governor, Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc.

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


NECA Safety Professionals Conference

The NECA Safety Professionals Conference (NSPC) was open to all NECA Members, IBEW and electrical training Alliance members. The program was held May 24 - 26, 2023 in Nashville, TN. Conference attendees experienced three days of keynotes and breakout sessions from industry leaders and safety experts.

Pictured above from left to right are members of the ECA's Safety Committee:

Terry Carr, Connelly Electric,

Jerry McGlynn, ECA Safety Committee Cahir, McWilliams Electric Company, Inc. and

Tony Sage, Taylor Electric Company.

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!

Allocations Update

Wage Rates & Allocations:

Principal, "B" Maintenance, 

Communication, Residential Agreements, 

and Trainee Information 

Start Date: Monday, June 5, 2023

Please click on the links below for the Wage Rates & Allocations for the Principal, "B" Maintenance, Communication, Residential Agreements, as well the Trainee information starting Monday, June 5, 2023 through Sunday, June 2, 2024.













Please contact the ECA at: (708) 531-0022 with any questions.

Industry Statistics

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ECA Calendar


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

Oak Brook, IL


August 18, 2023

ECA Summer Event

Off-Shore Navy Pier

Chicago, IL

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