NECA member-contractors, chapter and national staff gathered today for Day 2 of NECA Now 2017, which offered a packed slate of courses focused on professional and personal growth.
NECA Now 2017, the electrical construction industry’s premier bi-annual executive leadership conference, being held March 27-29, at the J.W. Marriott Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, TX.
Sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday covered a variety of current topics including business development, operations, financing and personal development. Thirty-one classes were broken down into five tracks that offer contractors the opportunity to concentrate their learning in one segment or choose across disciplines.
View Day 1 Recap Featuring James Benham
First-time attendee Chad Copeland of Copeland Electric Company LLC in Monroe, LA, has been taking advantage of the leadership courses. “It’s also been a great chance for me to meet contractors that aren’t in my area. We all share some of the same challenges, and it’s good to hear how other people are meeting them,” he said.
Copeland was also pleased with the NECA Now app. “I’ve been looking at the handouts on the app. It’s going to be nice to have those at hand when I get back home,” he said.
Some companies brought multiple attendees. “We brought all of our vice presidents,” said Ed Witt, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL-based Miller Electric. “It’s a great way to get us out the office and into an environment where we can learn and share ideas.”
Sheri and Bill Brethel from Mid City Electric in Columbus, OH are doubling up on the education. “We’re going to different classes,” said Sheri. “There are so many great choices that we split them up and then share notes.” Bill enjoyed the opening plenary session so much that he went to the breakout session also led by James Benham. “I thought his ideas on the need to use technology were valuable,” said Bill.
Tom Coble of Shelly Electric in Emporia, KS attended the NECA ECAP class. “I haven’t used NECA ECAP yet, but when we find the right project, I’m ready to pull the trigger.”
Jonah Berger is slated as the final Plenary Session speaker on Wednesday afternoon.
The conference concludes Thursday morning with a leadership breakfast and NECA District meetings. Visit www.neca-now.com to get more information on the NECA Now and view photos from the event.