2017 NECA Convention

NECA 2008 Chicago a Huge Success!

Over 10,000 industry professionals attended NECA's convention and trade show in Chicago this year. Watch videos, see pictures and get all the news from NECA 2008 Chicago on our exclusive convention blog. And get ready for even more opportunities at NECA 2009 Seattle!


NECA Show Captures Imagination, Attention of Attendees

Thousands of NECA Show-goers swarmed the floor of the 53rd trade show immediately after NECA executive director, meetings/expositions Beth Ellis cut the ceremonial ribbon. As they made their way down the aisles, they found exhibitors eager to share their latest products and services and learn more about how their companies could meet the needs of electrical contractors.


Education Everywhere at NECA 2008 Chicago

NECA 2008 Chicago boasted more technical and pre-convention workshops than any previous convention or trade show. Attendees packed sessions covering opportunities in the solar photovoltaic market, how to use LEDs in new lighting installations, and what NFPA 70E compliance in personal protective equipment will mean for their companies before the convention kicked off.

NECA 2008 Chicago marked the first time the association has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to produce an educational session. "LEED for New Construction Technical Review" was a full-day program is designed for contractors and project managers who have a basic knowledge of LEED and want to delve deeper into the technical requirements of the rating, and the building certification process as well as other implementation strategies.

Management workshops were held throughout the convention, covering the issues that impact electrical contractor’s business. Current economic concerns had sessions like "Financial Planning" and "Streamlining Home Office Operations" full. ELECTRI International researcher Tom Glavinich led the session on home office operations.

"Right now, contractors need to understand how documenting processes can help them save money and time," Glavinich said. "There will still be growth opportunities for some contractors during these times, and such documentation will reduce risk and improve profitably if they should decide to expand."

Hand-outs from all NECA 2008 Chicago management seminars will be available for download on blog.necaconvention.org by Oct. 30.


NECA Student Chapter Summit Brings Together Current and Future Industry Leaders

By bringing together students majoring in construction management and engineering programs, NECA's student chapter program works to foster interest in the electrical construction industry, and help create a source of viable candidates for future management positions within electrical contracting firms. A component of ELECTRI International’s Talent Initiative, the program consists of student-run chapters that are supported by NECA chapters and university faculty. There are currently fifteen active NECA student chapters at universities across the country, and at NECA 2008 Chicago, representatives from most of the student chapters were brought together for the annual NECA Student Chapter Summit Luncheon at the McCormick Lakeside Center.


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