NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION
Outstanding Industry Leaders to be Honored at
NECA 2017 Seattle
The annual NECA Convention and Trade Show is about education, networking, new products and exciting speakers. But the NECA
Convention is also where NECA and ELECTRI International recognize outstanding leadership among our members. Here is a brief
look at what the national award winners did to earn accolades for their work in the areas of labor relations, technical and training,
service to the industry, to ELECTRI International, and to the association. The awards will be presented at the Closing General Session on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. More information can be found at
McGraw Award: I. Steven Diamond
The James H. McGraw
Award recognizes a person
who has contributed some new
or useful idea to the electrical contracting industry or has
performed an industry service
over and above normal responsibility to personal or company
progress. I. Steven Diamond,
of Malko Communications Services, LLC, in Skokie, Illinois,
and the Chicago & Cook County
Diamond has been active in the electrical industry for
more than 40 years, including three decades as a Malko
owner. His company is a full-service communications
installation and service contractor, specializing in DAS,
low-voltage products, services and systems. Notable projects he has directed include the Trump International Hotel
& Tower, the House of Blues and Maestro’s Restaurant in
Chicago as well as NBC Tower and various outdoor concert
Diamond has been closely involved with NECA’s government affairs efforts, regularly attending NECA’s National
Legislative Conference. Some other examples of his contributions to NECA include his membership on the Government
Affairs Committee from 2012-2013 and 2015-2017. He has
been a member of the Political Leadership Council since its
inception in 2003. Steve is the District 4 PLC chair and has
served in this capacity for multiple years.
Diamond has been one of the leading fundraisers for
NECAPAC. His NECA chapter is the leading contributor to
NECAPAC, and District 4 is the leading contributing district
– success that is, in large part, due to Diamond’s work.
Comstock Award: Joe Tucci
The Comstock Award, which
was established by NECA’s Board
of Governors in 1959 in memory
of industry pioneer L.K. Comstock, is the association’s highest
honor recognizing contributions
in the complex field of labor relations. Joe Tucci, of Potelco, Inc.
in Puyallup, Washington, and the
Western Line Constructors Chapter, NECA, has earned this honor
for the contributions he has made
throughout his impactful career.
Tucci worked for more than three decades to make sure
that the line construction industry had a health insurance
benefit for its workers that was efficient and cost effective. He
understood the unique character of the line industry and the
unusual demands it placed on workers and contractors alike.
With jobs stretching across multiple local union jurisdictions,
maintaining continuous health care for workers would have
been impossible in many cases. But a well-managed national
health care plan that allowed workers to remain covered no
matter where they earned their hours solved that problem.
Tucci’s efforts streamlined the process for employers, who
were spared the complications of dealing with multiple health
plans. Perhaps most importantly, in addition to running his own
business and serving as committee member and officer in his
own chapter, he took on the role of trustee in this program and
lifted the burden on his fellow contractors across the country.
Through expected cycles of growth and downturns in the
industry, including financial crises and the uncertainty of government regulation, Tucci worked to maintain a stable health
care platform with benefits participants could count on as well
as a cost structure that contributing employers can anticipate
and prepare for in the future.