David A. Hardt
Each year, NECA creates a report to share information regarding the association’s progress throughout the year. The
report will also be available on the web in January at www.necanet.org.
2015 Annual Report:
Progress and Purpose
The beginning of 2015 marked the start of my term
as NECA President, and I am proud to say NECA has
continued to move forward as the leading voice of the
electrical construction industry. We have accomplished
many things and made significant progress, but it is vital
we do even more in the months and years ahead.
Something on NECA’s agenda that we are constantly
building on is our educational offerings. Online education is
growing in use and acceptance, and we took a big step forward
last fall with the vote to fund the development of an online
training platform and wide breadth of online training
courses. NECA is fortunate that one of our partners, the
electrical training ALLIANCE, has already moved down the
online training path, as we will be able to utilize much of the
work they have done in both infrastructure and course content.
NECA has taken important steps in other areas, too.
Regarding the major talent shortage in our industry, for
instance, we are working to support outreach and enlistment
opportunities in high schools, community and technical
colleges, and even university settings where placement
of future and recent graduates is lacking. Additionally, the
Value of Membership Task Force, specifically developed to
better understand and define the value NECA provides for
its members and increase member engagement, is actively
engaged. Finally, our government affairs team continues
to build NECA’s presence on Capitol Hill, meeting with
members of Congress who support our mission.
These successes weren’t just my doing; NECA members
and staff played the leading role. And I will always take
pride in NECA and my fellow NECA members. Thank you
for your hard work and dedication to our industry!
Looking back at the past twelve months — and
forward to the year ahead — highlights the importance
of change. The business of electrical contracting, in fact,
is changing rapidly. It’s imperative to utilize every tool at
your disposal to move you and your business forward.
And NECA is here to help.
We’re taking steps to deal with the talent shortage
facing our industry and, as a result, we’re seeing innovative
apprenticeship programs find success around the country.
NECA continues to work with member contractors to
find the skilled workers needed now and in the future.
NECA is committed to representing the interests of the
broad electrical contracting industry. We are dedicated to
enhancing the industry through research, performance
standards, progressive labor relations, and workforce
recruiting and training. NECA offers the most comprehensive
educational opportunities of any electrical association, as
well as the industry’s premiere trade show and management
training. NECA also publishes this magazine, the industry’s
top source of information on electrical construction.
As NECA members, big and small, strive to be true
construction partners with building owners, developers,
and general contractors, you are the best resource for any
and all electrical needs, including power supply, fiber optics,
telecommunications, security systems, wireless networks,
and lighting. NECA contractors set industry standards for
traditional electrical systems as well as newer integrated
systems. Developing engineered solutions to meet existing
and emerging customer needs and leading the industry
in the practical application of new technologies remains
a hallmark of our association. We are here to serve you.
John M. Grau
A LETTER FROM NECA PRESIDENT
DAVID A. HARDT
A LETTER FROM NECA CEO
JOHN M. GRAU