NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION
NECA Launches Technology
Initiative to Keep Members
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“Pardon the Disruption” helps electrical contractors keep abreast
of new and upcoming technologies that might impact their
The National Electrical Contractors
Association is launching its newest initiative to prepare NECA’s members for the
future. NECA Technology – the Project
for Applied and Disruptive Technology
will explore the world of technology and
keep members informed about what is happening today and what will be launched in
the months and years ahead.
Joey Shorter, NECA’s Director of Research,
has an extensive background in education
and experience in translating the work of academics into understandable, practical ideas. As part of the initiative, he will review
research and present ideas and examples to help NECA members
determine the impact it might bring to their business.
“I can promise you a fun and sometimes scary ride into the
world of disruptive innovation,” Shorter said. “Together, we’ll
find what works.”
NECA members interested in the initiative can sign up for
“Pardon the Disruption” and look for other NECA Technology
offerings. Shorter said opinions and suggestions are welcome.
“This important initiative will keep NECA members
informed about emerging technologies that will affect them
and their work, and we want to be a part of that conversation,”
said NECA CEO John M. Grau.
The following is a sample of what to expect from Shorter:
“Technology is driving our lives. What once was considered
science fiction is being implemented on construction sites,”
Shorter writes. “A five-story office building (including wiring)
created by a 3D printer.”
“How will your business survive? Predicting the future and
re-shaping one’s business would be one way of taking advantage
of these changes. Change is often good, but often, it is difficult to
change. Most of us are immersed in our own business models,
unable to step back and imagine the possibilities for our compa-
nies and our industries.”
Subscribe to “Pardon the Disruption” to read more at http://
June 30 is Social Media
Day. Are You Connected?
A rising number of companies and their leaders are using
tools such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to stay connected to each other.
According to the Pew Research Center, nearly
two-thirds of American adults ( 65 percent) use social
networking sites, up from 7 percent when the organization began systematically tracking social media usage in
NECA stays active in social media in several ways:
LinkedIn With more than 400 million members,
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network.
Find NECA’s LinkedIn page: linkedin.com/groups/1141457
Facebook With more than 1. 5 billon active users worldwide, Facebook is the world’s largest social network.
Find NECA’s page on Facebook: Search for National
Electrical Contractors Association – NECA
Twitter Twitter is an online social networking service
that enables users to send and read short 140-character
messages called “tweets.” Twitter has more than 332 million active users. Find NECA’s page on Twitter: twitter.
Flickr Flickr is a popular photo-sharing and hosting
service with about 51 million registered members. Find
NECA’s Flickr page: flickr.com/necanet
You Tube YouTube is a global video-sharing website
with more than 1 billion users. Find NECA’s page on
You Tube: Do a search for National Electrical Contractors Association
Instagram Instagram is a photo-sharing website with
more than 76 million users in the United States alone.
Find NECA’s page on Instagram: instagram.com/neca_net
Electrical contractors and their companies who take
a pass on social media are missing out on giant oppor-
tunities to build their business and communicate to a
wider audience. Adapting in a changing world requires
an understanding of the importance of social media.
NECA Director of