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2017 Government Affairs Committee Chairman’s Challenge

Contest timeline: January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017

Our inaugural Chairman’s Challenge was a great success, with 33 Congressional site visits during 2014. 2015 had an even greater impact on our grassroots efforts, with 57 Congressional site visits, and 2016 brought the most success so far, with 96 in-district visits.

The site visits either created or expanded on our members’ relationships with Members of Congress. It gave our members an opportunity to discuss NECA’s policy positions and showed Members of Congress first-hand how these issues impact the electrical construction industry.

Thank you all for your participation in this program and for expanding NECA’s grassroots efforts across the country.

The Challenge:

In order to increase member involvement in NECA Government Affairs, we encourage all NECA Chapters to participate in the following areas to earn points for your chapter:

  • Congressional visits at a member’s company, jobsite, or NECA Chapter office—5 Points/visit
  • Respond to a NECA Action Alert by writing a letter to your Member of Congress—1 Point/letter
  • Attend the NECA Legislative Conference in Washington, DC—3 Points/attendee

For Congressional visits, be sure to have a picture taken with the Member of Congress so we can announce your meeting in our weekly newsletter.

The chapter who has the most points by December 31, 2017 will win the Chairman’s Challenge.

The Prize:

One free registration to the 2018 NECA Legislative Conference and a special award to be presented at the Association Executive Institute (AEI) Meeting.

The Bonus: 

For NECA chapters striving to reach 50 percent member participation for their NECAPAC goal we will allow your Chairman’s Challenge points to count for up to half of your participation goal. For example, if you have 100 members and your participation goal is 50, no more than 25 Chairman’s Challenge points can be attributed to your NECAPAC participation goal.

All participants and the winner will be recognized during the 2018 NECA Legislative Conference.

Recognition will include:

  • Announcement of all participants
  • Slideshow of all visits
  • Award presentation to winning chapter at AEI.

NECA will announce all visits as they occur throughout the year in the Chairman’s Challenge section of the weekly Government Affairs Update. Visit necanet.org/ChairmanChallenge for updates »

We look forward to another productive year of one-on-one meetings with your Senators and Representatives – right in your own backyard!


See who's already participated:

  • 10/26/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: Long Island Chapter Meets Rep. Suozzi

    170929 Long Island with Rep. SuozziOn September 29, 2017, members of NECA’s Long Island Chapter attended Rep. Tom Suozzi’s birthday party in New York. Pictured from left to right are Thomas DePace of Advance Sound Company, Rep. Suozzi, Long Island Chapter’s Director of Government Affairs Charles Gardner, and Paul Dunn of Mainline Electric Corp.
  • 10/20/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: Kansas City Chapter Meets Rep. Sam Graves

    171016 Kansas City Chapter with Rep. Sam Graves

    On October 16, 2017, members of NECA’s Kansas City Chapter attended an event with Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) in the district. Pictured from left to right are Kansas City Chapter Executive KC Borden, Rep. Sam Graves, and Don Laffoon of Electrical Corp. of America. 

  • 08/31/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: North Central Ohio Meets Rep. Bob Gibbs

    170828 North Central Ohio with Rep. Bob GibbsOn August 28, 2017, members of NECA’s North Central Ohio Chapter attended an event at the Pro Football Hall of Fame with Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH). Pictured is Brent Fatzinger of Abbott Electric, Inc. (right) with Rep. Bob Gibbs. 

  • 08/31/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: Atlanta Chapter Meets Rep. Rob Woodall

    170829 Atlanta Chapter with Rep WoodallOn August 24, 2017, members of NECA’s Atlanta Chapter hosted Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA) at their NECA-IBEW Training Center. Pictured from left to right are HR Director of the Atlanta Chapter Chuck Little, Apprenticeship Training Director Russell Smith, Atlanta Chapter Executive Vice President David Sokolow, Atlanta Chapter President Chris Foster of Whitehead Electric, Rep. Rob Woodall, Atlanta Chapter Director Don Davidson of Inglett & Stubbs, IBEW Local 613 Asst. Business Manager Richard Thode, IBEW State Political Coordinator Ben Myers, IBEW Local 613 Registrar James Williams. 

  • 08/31/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: NYC Chapter Meets Rep. Dan Donovan

    170829 NYC Chapter with Rep. Dan DonovanOn August 29, 2017, members of NECA’s New York City Chapter met with Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) to discuss NECA’s legislative priorities. Pictured is John Villafane of Eldor Electric (left) with Rep. Dan Donovan.

  • 08/17/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: SE Texas Chapter Meets Rep. Farenthold

    170815 Southeast Texas with Rep. Blake FarentholdOn August 15, 2017, members from NECA’s Southeast Texas Chapter met with Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) as he toured the NECA-IBEW Training Center in Corpus Christi. NECA members explained the apprenticeship process and workforce shortage with Rep. Farenthold and they discussed the need for tax reform and infrastructure investment. Pictured from left to right are NECA Field Representative Ryan Pendergraft, Gulf Coast NECA/Local 278 Training Director Jesse Gatewood, Rep. Farenthold, and Mike Riley of Scott Electric.
  • 08/17/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: Illinois Chapter Meets with Rep. Bost

    170815 Illinois Chapter with Rep. Mike BostOn August 15, 2017, members from NECA’s Illinois Chapter met with Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL). Rep. Bost attended a roundtable discussion on tax reform with NECA members. Pictured is Mark Kratschmer of Wegman Electric with Rep. Bost.
  • 07/27/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: South Florida Meets Rep. Brian Mast

    170720 South Florida with Brian Mast
    On July 21, 2017, members of NECA’s South Florida Chapter met with Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) in his district. They discussed NECA’s top issues and the 2018 elections. Pictured is South Florida Chapter’s Paul Yesbeck of ACU Signs (left) with Rep. Brian Mast. 
  • 07/20/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter attends roundtable with Reps. Smucker and Foxx

    170717 Penn del Jersey with Reps Smucker, Foxx

    On July 17, 2017, the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter attended a roundtable discussion with Rep.  Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) and Rep. Virginia Fox (R-NC) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

    Rep. Smucker, who represents constituents in Lancaster, Berks and Chester Counties, serves on the US House Committee on the Budget, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. Congresswoman Foxx is the Chair of the Committee on Education and the Workforce. Their combined influence on the Education and Workforce Committee makes them particularly instrumental on policy that affects our industry’s apprentice programs, labor relations, safety procedures, and pension funds.

    The discussion provided many insights into the Committee’s work on curbing excessive regulations in the construction industry and its initiatives to improve our nation’s apprenticeship programs. Chairwoman Foxx also gave a response to NECA’s top issue, multiemployer pension reform, insisting that multiemployer pension reform was a pressing issue in her Committee.

    Pictured from left to right are Chairwoman Virginia Foxx, Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Government Affairs Manager Helen Levins, and Rep. Lloyd Smucker.

  • 06/22/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Hosts Infrastructure Summit

    170612 Penn-Del-Jersey Infrastructure SummitOn June 12, 2017, NECA’s Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter hosted a Congressional Infrastructure Summit with five key Members of Congress: Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA), Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA), and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA).
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  • 06/22/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: Mahoning Valley Chapter Meets Rep. Tim Ryan

    170619 Tim Ryan with Mahoning Valley ChapterOn June 19, Members of NECA’s Mahoning Valley Chapter met with Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) in the district. Pictured from left to right are Chapter Executive Jack Savage, Rep. Tim Ryan, and Chapter Governor Dave Dickey of Joe Dickey Electric. 

  • 06/22/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: Cascade Chapter Meets Rep. Rick Larsen

    170614 Rick Larsen with Cascade Chapter

    Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) visited the NECA Cascade Chapter’s Basic Estimating class. Pictured is Rep. Larsen addressing the class participants. 

  • 06/15/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: Central Ohio Chapter Meets Rep. Tiberi

    1706019 Central Ohio with TiberiOn June 10, 2017, members of the NECA Central Ohio Chapter met with Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH). Pictured from left to right are Chapter Executive Brian Damant, Rep. Pat Tiberi, and Chapter President Brian Dew of Mid-City Electric Company.
  • 06/15/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: Western Pennsylvania Chapter Meets Rep. Thompson

    170601 Western Pennsylvania with Rep. Glenn ThompsonOn June 1, 2017, the Western Pennsylvania Chapter NECA hosted an event for Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA). Pictured from left to right are Chapter Government Affairs Coordinator Joelle Salerno, Rep. Glenn Thompson, and Penn State Student Chapter Representative Bret Jablonski.

  • 06/08/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: Illinois Chapter Meets Rep. Kinzinger

    170601 Illinois chapter with KinzingerOn June 1, 2017, members of NECA’s Illinois Chapter met with Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) in the district. Pictured from left to right are Illinois Chapter Executive Billy Serbousek, Rep. Kinzinger, Carla Chandler of Durham Electric, and Mark Laughery of Bodine Electric.
  • 06/08/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: Oregon-Columbia Chapter Meets Sen. Merkley

    170605 Oregon-Columbia with Jeff MerkleyOn June 3, 2017, a member of NECA’s Oregon-Columbia Chapter attended a weekend event with Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in Oregon. Pictured is Stan Heil of Heil Electric (right) with Sen. Jeff Merkley.
  • 06/01/2017

    Chairman's Challenge: ATL Chapter Meets Candidate Handle

    Karen Handel, candidate for Georgia’s sixth district, met with the NECA Atlanta Chapter on June 1, 2017 at the Atlanta Chapter office. She discussed a wide range of issues, including tax reform, growing the economy, and national security. Pictured from left to right are Chapter President Chris Foster of Whitehead Electric, Candidate Handel, and Chairman of the Board Tony Cook of UpTime Electric.

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  • 06/01/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: Atlanta Chapter Meets Candidate Handel

    Karen Handel, candidate for Georgia’s sixth district, met with the NECA Atlanta Chapter on June 1, 2017 at the Atlanta Chapter office. She discussed a wide range of issues, including tax reform, growing the economy, and national security. Pictured from left to right are Chapter President Chris Foster of Whitehead Electric, Candidate Handel, and Chairman of the Board Tony Cook of UpTime Electric.

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  • 04/06/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: Los Angeles Chapter Meets Rep. Kevin McCarthy

    170325 LA Chapter with Kevin McCarthyMembers of NECA’s Los Angeles County Chapter met with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in California. Pictured are Chapter Executive Jim Willson (left) and Leader McCarthy (right).

     

  • 03/17/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Meets Rep. Cartwright

    170304 Penn-Del-Jersey with Cartwright

    On March 4, 2017, the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter met with Rep. Cartwright (D-PA) in Moosic, PA for a breakfast meeting. Rep. Cartwright is on the influential House Appropriations Committee and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

    The meeting, which was a town hall styled discussion to address issues prevalent to the local unionized industries, brought together members of both management and labor. Cartwright discussed some of the challenges the various industries might face in the 115th Congress. He discussed the shared interest of investing in infrastructure in order to promote a healthier economy and long-term sustainable jobs.

    Pictured from left to right are IBEW Local 81 Business Manager Rick Schraeder, NECA Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Field Representative Tom McNulty, Rep. Cartwright, NECA Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Government Affairs Manager Helen Levins, and IBEW Local 81 President Paul Casparro.

  • 03/17/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: Oregon-Columbia Meets Rep. Walden

    170303 Oregon-Columbia with Greg WaldenOn March 3. 2017, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) toured the NECA-IBEW Training Center and met with members of NECA's Oregon-Columbia Chapter. The group discussed infrastructure investment, healthcare and the Cadillac tax, pension reform, energy efficiency, and tax reform. Pictured from left to right are Mark Walter of Christenson Electric, Sonja Rheaume of Christenson Electric, Pat Maloney of Tice Electric, Rep. Walden, Jeff Holmes of Cochran Inc., Stan Heil of Heil Electric, and Chapter Executive Tim Gauthier.
  • 02/10/2017

    Chairman’s Challenge: Penn-Del-Jersey Meets Rep. Barletta

    On January 25, 2017, NECA’s Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter met with Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) in Philadelphia. The Congressman was in town to attend the Republican Caucus’ annual retreat where they discussed their policy agenda.

    Rep. Barletta is a key representative on issues affecting our industry. Among other roles, he sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions. This year, he served on President Trump’s Transition team and was a close advisor on transportation and labor issues. He discussed the new Administration’s priority to invest in infrastructure and promote family sustaining jobs in manufacturing and construction. Attendees reminded the Congressman of the importance of the Davis-Bacon Act and Project Labor Agreements on such projects.

    Representatives from the Philadelphia Building Trades and union contractors associations attended the meeting. Representing NECA were Robert Bresnahan, Jr. of Kuharchik Construction, Inc., Bob Duff from Carr & Duff, Inc., Curt Fox from Nucero Electrical Construction Co., Inc., Thomas G. Moore, Jr. of J.P. Rainey Company, Inc., Charles MacDonald from Charles H. MacDonald Electric, Inc. and Vice President of the Chapter, and Helen Levins from the Chapter.
  • 01/05/2017

    Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Wins 2016 Chairman’s Challenge

    160926 Penn Del Jersey with Meehan sm

    Congratulations to the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter for winning the 2016 Chairman’s Challenge!

    In addition to sending 60 letters to the Hill and having three members attend the National Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Executive Jeff Scarpello and Chapter Government Affairs Manager Helen Levins, along with several contractors took part in 16 meetings with Members of Congress in the area, including: Sen. Tom Carper, Sen. Chris Coons, Rep. Brendan Boyle, Rep. Lou Barletta, Rep. Ryan Costello, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Rep. Dwight Evans, Rep. Pat Meehan, Rep. Donald Norcross, Rep. Charlie Dent, Rep. Tom Marino, and Rep. Matt Cartwright. 

    The Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter will receive one free registration to the 2017 Legislative Conference in Washington, DC on April 26 and 27, 2017.

    The goal of the Chairman's Challenge is to increase NECA member involvement in grassroots lobbying by challenging each chapter to send letters to their Representative through NECA’s Legislative Action Center, attend the National Legislative Conference, and host a meeting with a Member of Congress in their district, which gives NECA contractors an opportunity to discuss their policy positions and show Members of Congress first-hand how these issues impact the electrical construction industry. 

    Overall the program was a great success with 96 Congressional meetings, over 500 letters sent to the Hill, and 150 attendees at the Legislative Conference. We want to thank all participants for expanding NECA's government affairs and grassroots efforts. 

    Learn more at necanet.org/ChairmanChallenge

  • 12/16/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Meets Marino, Barletta, and Cartwright

    On December 7, 2016, the second to last voting day of the 114th Congress, the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter visited Capitol Hill to meet with their representatives from Pennsylvania.

    They, along with Marco, met with Reps. Tom Marino (R-PA), Lou Barletta (R-PA), and Matt Cartwright (D-PA), and attended an event in support of Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA).

    At the legislative meetings, the Chapter discussed two issues that they had advocated for this year, the authorization of composite plan design for multiemployer pension reform and the five-year extension of investment tax credits that provide incentives for clean and efficient energy technologies.

    Neither provision was ultimately included in the Continuing Resolution that will keep the government running through the first weeks of the Trump Administration’s term. Because the C.R. was the last opportunity to propel these measures into law this year, NECA will look to a new Congress in January to pass these unaddressed proposals. 

    Pictured below is Rep. Cartwright (left) with Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Government Affairs Manager Helen Levins.

    161207 Penn Del Jersey with Rep. Cartwright
  • 12/16/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Meets Rep. Meehan

    On December 13, 2016, the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter joined Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA) and the wider community of Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District for an evening celebration and holiday food drive. The Congressman, who is on the Ways and Means Committee and is widely respected by both parties as a thoughtful and effective representative, thanked his constituents for their overwhelming support in his re-election.

     
    This year, the Congressman sponsored legislation to extend NECA-support investment tax credits for clean energy technologies, and openly supported congressional authorization of composite plan design. NECA looks forward to continuing to work with the Congressman in the 115th Congress on these issues and more.

  • 12/16/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Michigan Chapter Meets Rep. Walberg

    On December 14, 2016, members of NECA’s Michigan Chapter met with Rep. Tim Walberg in the district. The Congressman expressed gratitude for NECA’s support and looks forward to working together in the next Congress. Pictured are Rep. Walberg (left) and Rob Turner of Turner Electric (right). 

    161213 Michigan Chapter with Rep. Walberg
  • 12/02/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Central Ohio Chapter Meets Rep. Tiberi

    On November 21, 2016, members of NECA’s Central Ohio Chapter met with Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) in the district. Pictured from left to right are Chapter President Brian Dew of Mid-City Electric Co., Rep. Tiberi, and Chapter Executive Brian Damant. 

    161121 Central Ohio with Rep. Tiberi
  • 12/02/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Meets Rep. Costello

    On November 22, the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter met with Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Rep. Costello serves on the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He was a critical player in passing the NECA supported FAST Act, the first long-term transportation funding bill in a decade and supported Davis-Bacon and prevailing wage provisions as common sense ways to support the use of local businesses and labor.

     
    The group discussed local projects and thanked the Congressman for his support of NECA-supported congressional authorization of composite plan design for multiemployer pension reform and his cosponsorship of bills that would provide consistent incentives for clean and efficient technologies, such as fuel cells, combined heat and power, small wind, and micro turbines, to name a few. Pictured from left to right are Charles MacDonald III of Charles H. MacDonald Electric, Rep. Costello, and Chapter Government Affairs Manager Helen Levins. 

    161121 Penn-Del-Jersey with Rep. Costello
  • 11/18/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Northern Indiana Chapter Meets Rep. Walorski

    Members of NECA’s Northern Indiana Chapter met with Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) on November 4, 2016. The group discussed matters concerning the electrical construction industry and the Congresswoman vowed to work with NECA on these issues. Pictured from left to right are Duane Seifert of Current Electric, Chapter Executive Brian Sullivan, Rep. Walorski, and Tony Maloney of Koontz-Wagner Electric.

    161104 Northern Indiana with Rep. Jackie Walorski
  • 11/18/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Dakotas Chapter Meets Sen. Thune

    On October 25, 2016, members of NECA’s Dakotas Chapter met with Sen. John Thune (R-SD). The group met at the Senator’s district office to discuss NECA’s priority concerns. Pictured are Sen. Thune (left) and Dakotas Chapter President Robert Jarding of Electric Supply Company (right). 

    161025 Dakotas with Sen. Thune
  • 11/18/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Dakotas Chapter Meets Rep. Noem

    On October 25, members of NECA’s Dakotas Chapter met with Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD). Rep. Noem toured Southeast Technical Institute’s electrical training facility in Sioux Falls, SD. Pictured from left to right are Damon Dykstra of Electric Construction Co., Inc., Brian Spader of Thompson Electric Company, Lindsey Whalen of Southeast Technical Institute, Rep. Noem, Bob Jarding of Electric Supply Company, and Chapter Executive Ed Christian. 

    161025 Dakotas with Rep. Kristi Noem
  • 11/04/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Western Pennsylvania Chapter Meets Rep. Murphy

    On October 24, 2016, members of NECA’s Western Pennsylvania Chapter met with Rep. Tim Murphy in the district. Rep. Murphy took a tour of Lighthouse Electric. Pictured are Rep. Tim Murphy (left) with Mark Mikec of Lighthouse Electric.  

    161024 Western PA with Rep. Murphy
  • 11/04/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Oregon-Columbia Chapter Meets Rep. Bonamici

    On October 28, members of NECA’s Oregon-Columbia Chapter attended a luncheon for Rep. Suzanne Bonamici in the district. Pictured from left to right are Chapter Executive Tim Gauthier, Rep. Bonamici, and Stan Heil of Heil Electric. 

    161027 Oregon Columbia with Rep. Bonamici
  • 11/04/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Minneapolis Chapter Meets Rep. Peterson

    On October 28, 2016, members of NECA’s Minneapolis Chapter met with Rep. Colin Peterson in the district. Pictured from left to right are Assistant Chapter Manager Derek Mensink, Chapter Executive David Manderson, and Rep. Peterson.

    161028 Minneapolis with Rep. Colin Peterson
  • 11/04/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Minneapolis Chapter Meets Rep. Nolan

    On October 28, 2016, members of NECA’s Minneapolis Chapter met with Rep. Rick Nolan in the district. Pictured are Chapter Executive David Manderson (left) with Rep. Rick Nolan. 

    161028 Minneapolis Chapter with Rep. Rick Nolan
  • 11/04/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Meets Rep. Dent

    On October 27, 2016, members of NECA’s Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter met with Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Rep. Dent serves on the influential House Appropriations Committee and is Chairman of the House Committee on Ethics.

    The group discussed projects in the area and NECA’s support of two legislative initiatives. They asked the Congressman to support congressional authorization of composite plan design and to support H.R. 5167, which would provide consistent incentives for clean and efficient technologies, such as fuel cells, combined heat and power, small wind, and micro turbines, to name a few. Pictured from left to right are Chapter Executive Jeff Scarpello, Rep. Charlie Dent, Luke Cunningham of West Side Hammer Electric, and Chapter Government Affairs Manager Helen Levins. 

    161028 Penn Del Jersey with Rep. Charlie Dent
  • 11/04/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Michigan Chapter Meets Candidate Bergman

    On October 28, members of NECA’s Michigan Chapter met Lt. General Jack Bergman in the district. Bergman is the Republican candidate running for Michigan’s 1st Congressional district seat. Pictured are Chapter Executive Michael Crawford (left) with candidate Bergman.

    161028 Michigan with Bergman
  • 11/04/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Oregon-Columbia Chapter Meets Rep. Schrader

    On November 1, 2016, members of NECA’s Oregon-Columbia Chapter met with Rep. Kurt Schrader in the district. Pictured from left to right are Pat Maloney of Tice Electric, Stan Heil of Heil Electric, Rep. Schrader, and Chapter Executive Tim Gauthier.

    161101 Oregon Columbia with Rep. Schrader
  • 10/28/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Chicago and Cook County Chapter Meets Sen. Kirk

    On October 19, 2016, members of NECA’s Chicago and Cook County Chapter met with Sen. Mark Kirk and special guest Mitt Romney in the district. Pictured from left to right are Mitt Romney, Steve Diamond of Malko Communication Services, and Sen. Kirk. 

    161019 Chicago with Sen Kirk and Romney
  • 10/28/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: NYC Chapter Meets Rep. Velazquez

    On October 21, 2016, Rep. Nydia Velazquez attended the Association of Electrical Contractors of NYC Dinner in New York. Pictured from left to right are Rep. Velazquez and Carol Kleinberg of Kleinberg Electric Inc.

    101621 NYC with Rep. Velazquez
  • 10/28/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Meets Rep. Norcross

    On October 25, NECA’s Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter met with Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) in Philadelphia along with other local labor and management groups. Norcross, an IBEW member and the only electrician in Congress, serves on the House Armed Services and the House Budget Committees. In March, Norcross, along with Representative David McKinley (R-WV), started the bipartisan Congressional Building Trades Caucus to advance the interest of the American worker by discussing issues that affect the millions of men and women in the construction industry. NECA strongly supports the work of the Caucus and has been encouraging representatives to join the caucus since its introduction.

    At the meeting, NECA members discussed the value of the Building Trades’ joint apprentice programs and some of the challenges that may be on the Caucus’ agenda for next year. They also discussed the immediate need for congressional approval of multiemployer pension reform, specifically composite plan design, to give trustees more options to responsibly manage their pension funds. Pictured from left to right are Shawn Duff of Carr & Duff, Chapter Government Affairs Manager Helen Levins, Business Manager of IBEW 98 John Dougherty, Rep. Norcross, Michael Callanan of MC3 Consulting, and Director of Apprentice Training Michael Neill of the IBEW98/NECA Apprentice Program. 

    161025 Penn Del with Norcross
  • 10/21/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: San Diego Chapter Meets Rep. Issa

    On September 17, 2016, members of NECA’s San Diego Chapter hosted an event for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) in the district. Pictured from left to right are Tim McBride of Southern Contracting Company, Rep. Issa, and Heidi McBride. 

    160917 San Diego with Rep. Darrell Issa
  • 10/21/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Red River Valley Chapter Meets Rep. Mac Thornberry

    On October 10, 2016, members of NECA’s Red River Valley Chapter met with Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) in the district. Pictured are Denise Groves of Marvin Groves Electric (left) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (right). 

    161010 Red River Valley with Rep. Mac Thornberry
  • 10/21/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Minneapolis Chapter Meets Rep. Tim Walz

    Members of NECA’s Minneapolis Chapter met with Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) in the district to discuss NECA’s top legislative priorities for the rest of the year. Pictured from left to right are Assistant Chapter Manager Derek Mensink, Rep. Walz, and Mark Draper of River City Electric. 

    161001 Minneapolis with Rep. Walz
  • 10/13/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Oregon Columbia Chapter Meets Rep. Greg Walden

    On September 28, members of the Oregon-Columbia Chapter met with Rep. Greg Walden and Speaker Paul Ryan at an event in Oregon. Pictured from left to right are Speaker Ryan, Gail Holmes, Jeff Holmes of Cochran, Inc., and Rep. Walden. 

    160928 Oregon Columbia with Rep. Walden and Speaker Ryan
  • 10/13/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Illinois Chapter Meets Rep. LaHood

    On September 30, 2016, members of NECA’s Illinois Chapter met with Rep. Darin LaHood in the district, with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as a special guest at the event. Pictured from left to right are Rep. LaHood, Brooke Serbousek, Chapter Executive Billy Serbousek, and Gov. Walker. 

    160930 Illinois Chapter with Rep. LaHood
  • 10/13/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Chicago and Cook County Chapter Meets Sen. Durbin

    In September, members of NECA’s Chicago and Cook County Chapter met with Sen. Richard Durbin at the IBEW-NECA Technical Training Institute. Pictured from left to right are Jim McGlynn of McWilliams Electric Company, Inc., Sen. Durbin, and Chapter Executive Frank Peters.

    161005 Chicago Chapter with Sen. Durbin

     
  • 10/13/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Meets Candidate Dwight Evans

    On September 30, 2016, the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter met with Pennsylvania State Representative Dwight Evans, the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District, at the Chapter office in Philadelphia. Evan’s congressional race is a special election to fill a vacant seat. This means that if he wins in November, which is almost guaranteed since Democrats make up about 90% of registered voters in that district, he will begin serving in Congress within six days. As a result, Evans is likely to be voting on legislation that is important to NECA during his first days in office.

    During the meeting, the group discussed a number of NECA’s issues including the recently released discussion draft for congressional authorization of composite plan design for multiemployer pensions and the recently formed Bipartisan Building Trades Caucus started by Reps. Norcross and McKinley. Evans was receptive to all of NECA’s issues and understood that there would be plenty of work to do before the holidays if he is elected to serve. As an expert on transportation and appropriations measures in the Pennsylvania State House for over 3 decades, Evans will have valuable experience to help him quickly acclimate to Capitol Hill in the midst of a busy season. Pictured from left to right are Curt Fox of Nucero Electrical Construction Co., Thomas Moore of J.P. Rainey Company, Shawn Duff of Carr & Duff, Inc., Catie Scott of the Mechanical Contractors Association, Candidate Dwight Evans, Chapter Government Affairs Coordinator Helen Levins, Chapter Executive Jeff Scarpello, and Mike Oscar of Gray & Oscar, LLC. 

    160930 Penn Del Jersey with Dwight Evans

  • 09/30/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Meets Rep. Meehan

    On September 26th, members of the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter met with Congressman Pat Meehan (R-PA), whose district covers portions of the Philadelphia suburbs including Villanova University, a Boeing helicopter facility, the Marcus Hook oil refineries, and many residential communities.

    Rep. Meehan, a Republican on the influential House Ways and Means Committee, has been supportive of many of NECA’s legislative priorities. He has consistently opposed efforts to repeal Davis-Bacon and prevailing wage laws. He’s voted for the passage of the long-term transportation bill that was signed into law last year and he is currently co-sponsoring NECA supported legislation to extend business investment tax credits (ITC) for energy technologies including fuel cells, combined heat and power, small wind, and geothermal energy, prompting other members of Congress to do the same. Meehan has had a number of meetings with NECA regarding multiemployer pension reform and expressed early interest in composite plans. Pictured from left to right: Chapter Executive Director Jeffrey Scarpello, Congressman Meehan, Chapter Government Affairs Coordinator Helen Levins, and Chapter Board Member and owner of Nucero Electrical Construction Co., Inc., Curt Fox. 

    160926 Penn Del Jersey with Meehan

  • 09/23/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Nebraska Chapter Meets Rep. Ashford

    On September 21, 2016, members of NECA’s Nebraska Chapter met with Rep. Brad Ashford (D-NE) in the district. Pictured from left to right are Rick Milota of National Electric, Rep. Ashford, and Chapter Executive Allan Hale. 

    160921 Nebraska with Rep. Ashford
  • 09/16/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Chicago and Cook County Chapter Meets Rep. Bob Dold

    On September 6, several members of NECA’s Chicago and Cook County Chapter met with Rep. Bob Dold for a breakfast event in his district. Pictured from left to right are: Frank Peters of the Chicago & Cook Country Chapter, Ken Bauwens of Jamerson & Bauwens Inc., Kevin O’Shea of Shamrock Electric Company, Inc., Karen Johnson of Roughneck Concrete Drilling & Sawing, David Witz of Continental Electrical Construction Company, Rep. Bob Dold, Steve Diamond of Malko Communication Services, LLC, Roy Diamond of Malko Electric Company, Michael Carreon of Enviro Dynamic Systems, Eric Nixon of Maron Electric Company, and Luke Fenner, Maron Electric Company. 

    160906 Chicago with Rep. Bob Dold
  • 09/02/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Western Pennsylvania Chapter Meets Rep. Doyle

    On August 30, members of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter met with Rep. Michael Doyle. Rep. Doyle visited a NECA jobsite, the construction of loft apartments inside a historic Heinz factory building on the North side of Pittsburgh. Pictured from left to right are Bill Miller of Miller Electric Construction, Rep. Mike Doyle, and Simon Reichbaum of Miller Electric Construction.
    Western Pennsylvania with Rep. Doyle
  • 09/02/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Minneapolis Chapter Meets Rep. Emmer

    On August 30, Minneapolis Chapter member Ron Bowen Jr. of Elliott Contracting met with Rep. Tom Emmer in the district. Bowen discussed many of NECA’s priority issues, including the Cadillac tax, composite plans, infrastructure projects, and tax reform. Pictured are Rep Emmer (left) and Ron Bowen (right). 
    160830 Minneapolis with Rep. Emmer
  • 08/26/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Minneapolis Chapter Meets with Rep. Paulsen

    On August 25, members of NECA’s Minneapolis Chapter met with Rep. Erik Paulsen in the district. Pictured from left to right are Tim Holmberg of Hunt Electric, Tim Dulas of Bloomington Electric, Minneapolis Chapter’s Sophie Thaden, Rep. Paulsen, Laura Karow of Gunnar Electric, Minneapolis Chapter’s Gary Thaden, and Chapter Manager David Manderson.
    160825 Minneapolis with Rep. Erik Paulsen
  • 08/26/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Dakotas Chapter Meets Sen. Hoeven

    On August 23, members of NECA’s Dakotas Chapter met with Sen. Hoeven for a day on the golf course. Pictured from left to right are Assistant Executive Director of Career Development Curt Kasper, Sen. Hoeven, and Tom Wolf of Skeels Electric.
    160822 Dakotas Chapter with Sen Hoeven
  • 08/26/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Dakotas Chapter Meets Rep. Cramer

    On August 22, Chapter Executive Ed Christian of the Dakotas Chapter met with Rep. Kevin Cramer to discuss NECA’s top legislative priorities. Pictured is Ed Christian (left) with Rep. Cramer.
    160823 Dakotas Chapter with Rep. Cramer
  • 08/26/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Wisconsin Chapter Meets with Rep. Sean Duffy

    On August 18, members of the Wisconsin Chapter met with Rep. Sean Duffy at the Great Dane Brew Pub in Wausau. The Group spoke for nearly two hours on the Cadillac tax, comprehensive tax reform, and the need for composite plans for multiemployer pension plans. Wisconsin NECA members also thanked Rep. Sean Duffy for his support of prevailing wage laws. Pictured from left to right are Roger Strand of Pieper Electric, Dean Little of Van Ert Electric, Wisconsin Chapter Assistant Manager Richard Padilla, Bob Van Ert of Van Ert Electric, Darrell Kurth of Van Ert Electric, Jim Williams  of Van Ert Electric, Mike Kelliher of Systems Technologies, Rep. Sean Duffy, Mike Newton of Newton Electric, Bryan Gawlik of Econ Electric and Chapter Governor Mark Hady of J.H. Lamb Electric. Seated in the front are Wisconsin Chapter Manager Loyal O’Leary (left) and Doug Mielke of Van Ert Electric.
    160820 Wisconsin with Rep. Sean Duffy
  • 08/19/2016

    Chairman's Challenge: North Florida Meets Rep. Mica

    On August 15, members of the North Florida Chapter met with Rep. John Mica (R-FL). Rep. Mica is Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and discussed NECA’s issues related to the committee. Pictured are Brad Giles of Giles Electric Company (left) and Rep. John Mica (right). 
    Mica Photo
  • 08/12/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Wisconsin Chapter Meets Speaker Ryan

    On July 29, Members of the Wisconsin Chapter NECA met with Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin to present his NECA Legislator of the Year award. Speaker Ryan discussed his take on the Presidential election, as well as NECA’s priority issues. Pictured from left to right are Michael Everhart of Pieper Electric, Inc. Steve Foley of Foley Electric, Inc., Mark Hady of J H Lamb, LLC, Speaker Paul Ryan, Richard Padilla of the Wisconsin Chapter NECA, and Tara Ripp of the Wisconsin Chapter NECA. 

    160811 Wisconsin with Paul Ryan
  • 08/04/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: South Florida Chapter Meets Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

    South Florida Chapter’s Paul Yesbeck of ACU Sign Corp. met with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) on August 3, 2016 at the Congresswoman’s favorite local café. They discussed the upcoming elections and NECA’s priority issues. 

    160803 South Florida with Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
  • 07/08/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Northeastern Illinois Meets Rep. Hultgren

    On June 28, 2016, members of NECA’s Northeastern Illinois Chapter met with Rep. Randy Hultgren and his staff at the NECA Chapter office. The group discusses Rep. Hultgren’s legislation, “Bring Small Business Back,” which would tax relief for small businesses. Pictured from left to right are Chapter Assistant Director Giuseppe Muzzupappa, Rep. Hultgren, and Jim McGlynn of McWilliams Electric. 

    160628 Northeastern Illinois with Hultgren
  • 07/08/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Northeastern Illinois Meets Rep. Bob Dold

    On July 1, 2016, members of the Northeastern Illinois Chapter met with Rep. Bob Dold in the district. Pictured from left to right are Tom Morton of LLD Electric Company, Jeff Harger of HLP Systems Inc., Cindy Harger of HLP Systems Inc., and Rep. Bob Dold.

    160701 Northeastern Illinois with Bob Dold
  • 07/08/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Minneapolis Chapter Meets Rep. Ellison

    On July 1, 2016, members of NECA’s Minneapolis Chapter met with Rep. Keith Ellison in the district. The group discussed the importance of apprenticeship programs and the education and training provided by the NECA-IBEW training centers. Pictured from left to right are Rep. Keith Ellison, Minneapolis Chapter Executive David Manderson, and IBEW Local Union 292 President Dan Ferguson. 

    160701 Minneapolis with Keith Ellison
  • 07/01/2016

    Chairman's Challenge: Long Island Chapter Meets Jack Martins

    The NECA Long Island Chapter met with candidate and NY State Senator Jack Martins (R-NY-02) to discuss industry issues and presented Sen. Martins with a contribution towards his campaign. The Chapter noted that it was encouraging to have an intelligent conversation with an elected official who also happens to be a contractor and truly understand the issues facing contractors nationwide. Pictured from left to right are Jack Martins, Chapter Executive Charlie Gardner, and Joe Gathard of All Service Electric. 
    160630 Long Island with Jack Martins
  • 06/03/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Kansas Chapter Meets Rep. Lynn Jenkins and Sen. Moran

    On May 5, members of NECA’s Kansas Chapter met with Rep. Lynn Jenkins in Topeka, KS to discuss NECA’s top legislative priorities. On June 1, members of the Kansas Chapter held another in-district Congressional meeting with Sen. Jerry Moran in Wichita. 

     160505 Kansas with Jenkins
    Pictured from left to right are Shawn Smith of D.L. Smith Electric, Rep. Jenkins, and Chapter Executive Ryan Courtney.

    160601 Kansas with Sen. Moran
    Pictured from left to right are Roy Meinhardt of Shelley Electric, Rick Lowe of A&H Electric, Sen. Moran, Chapter Executive Ryan Courtney, and Phil Nelson of Nelson Electric.

  • 05/13/2016

    Chairman's Challenge: Long Island Chapter Meets Rep. Zeldin

    On May 5, members of NECA’s Long Island Chapter attended an event with Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY). Pictured are Long Island Chapter Governor Don Leslie (left) with Rep. Lee Zeldin. 
    160504 Long Island (Don Leslie) with Zeldin
  • 05/06/2016

    Chairman's Challenge: Finger Lakes Chapter Meets Rep. John Katko

    On May 4, 2016, members of NECA’s Finger Lakes Chapter met with Rep. John Katko (R-NY) at their local NECA-IBEW training center. Pictured from left to right are Pat Harrington of the IBEW, Chairman of CNY JATC and President of Allume LLC Joe Lormand, NECA Finger Lakes Chapter Manager Marilyn Oppedisano, Alan Marzullo of the IBEW, NECA Chapter President Jim Engler of Engler Electric, Inc., Rep. Katko, and CNY JATC Training Director Jeff DeSocio. 

    160504 Finger Lakes with Katko
  • 04/15/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Meets Rep. Barletta

    On April 6, 2016, the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter met with Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA). Jeffrey Scarpello, Executive Director of the Chapter, and Robert Bresnahan Jr., of Kuharchik Construction Inc., thanked the Congressman for his influential role in passing 2015’s long-term highway and mass transportation bill and informed him of NECA’s priority to have Congress authorize composite plan design for multiemployer pension plans. Pictured from left to right are Jeff Scarpello, Rep. Barletta, and Robert Bresnahan Jr.
    160406 Penn Del Jersey with Rep. Barletta
  • 04/01/2016

    Chairman's Challenge: Penn-Del-Jersey Meets Rep. Boyle

    On March 29, 2016, members from NECA’s Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter, along with members of the Mechanical Contractors Association, met with Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) in Pennsylvania. The group discussed Multiemployer Pension Reform and the key points of Composite Plans and why NECA supports them. 
  • 03/25/2016

    Chairman's Challenge: Finger Lakes Chapter Meets Rep. Katko

    On March 23, members of the Finger Lakes Chapter NECA attended an event in New York for Rep. John Katko (R-NY) with Rep. Kevin McCarthy as a special guest. NECA contractors in attendance were Joseph Lormand of Allume LLC and Dan Bilow of Emerald Electrical Contractors Inc., along with Chapter Executive Marilyn Oppedisano. 
  • 03/11/2016

    Chairman's Challenge: Northern California Chapter Meets Rep. McNerney

     On March 10, 2016, members of NECA's Northern California Chapter met with Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA). NECA members discussed the construction of the Veterans Affairs Clinic in Stockton, the NECA/IBEW local working partnership, and Rep. McNerney's 2016 campaign. Pictured from left to right are Chapter Office Manager Janet Siemens, Chapter Member Services Coordinator Juanita Mitchell, Rep. McNerney, and Assistant Chapter Manager Peter Halver.
    160310 NorCal with McNerney
  • 02/12/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: The Illinois Chapter Meets Rep. Darin LaHood

    On February 5, 2016, members of NECA’s Illinois chapter met with Rep. Darin LaHood at Wilcox Electric in Normal, IL. Pictured from left to right are Jeremy Wilcox and Dan Wilcox of Wilcox Electric, Rep. LaHood, and Nicola Thompson of Wilcox Electric. 

    060208 Illinois chapter with LaHood

  • 01/29/2016

    Chairman’s Challenge: Chicago and Cook County Chapter Meets Speaker Ryan and Illinois Delegation

    On January 27, 2016, NECA’s Chicago and Cook County Chapter’s Jim McGlynn of McWilliams Electric attended a dinner with Speaker Paul Ryan and several members of the Illinois delegation, including Reps. Peter Roskam, Randy Hultgren, Rodney Davis, Adam Kinzinger, Bob Dold, John Shimkus, Darin LaHood, and Mike Bost. Thank you Jim for your dedication and support
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