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Award Winners Recognized

NECA's national awards for outstanding industry leaders are recognized each year at the annual convention and trade show.

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The Coggeshall Award

NECA's 2013 Coggeshall Award winner, Don W. Jhonson, president of Interior Electric in North Miami Beach, Florida, has earned NECA’s 2013 Coggeshall Award in recognition of his long-time service in the continual development of the National Electrical Code. Presently annually at NECA’s national convention, this award was established in 1956 as a result of a bequest to the association by Allan Coggeshall to honor a NECA contractor who is adjudged to have made an outstanding contribution to the progress of the electrical industry in the technical and training service field. 
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The Comstock Award

NECA's 2013 Comstock Award winner, Tim Gauthier, has been managing the Oregon-Columbia Chapter for more than 30 years. During the challenging recession of the mid-1980s, he led the effort to establish a market recovery program and sold NECA-member contractors and the IBEW on achieving superior labor relations through partnering. The market recovery program has captured more than a billion dollars in work for the local participants since its inception. 
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The McGraw Award

NECA's 2013 McGraw Award winner, Mark Mazur, of MJM Electric. MJM was originally Ken Robinson of Florida and later became the Tampa Branch of White Electrical, but the company’s management and key positions have been held by the same people for more than 20 years. Mazur has always maintained that one of the keys to his personal and business success was following the path of his mentor, Ken Robinson, and becoming active in the NECA community.
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The Association Executive Distinguished Service Award

NECA's 2013 Association Executive Distinguished Service Award winner, Loyal D. O’Leary, who has been advancing the Wisconsin Chapter, NECA since 1996 when he was hired as assistant chapter manager. He has been chapter manager since 2005 and is responsible for negotiating 17 collective bargaining agreements among electrical contractors and eight different IBEW local unions throughout the state. During his tenure, 43 of the labor agreements that have been open for negotiations have been settled at home, and only 13 had to be arbitrated by the Council on Industrial Relations. In addition, he has expanded the Portability Agreement to all nine locals in the state, including the Milwaukee area.
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The Membership Recruitment and Retention Award

The Membership Recruitment and Retention Award was established in 1988 by NECA's national staff to recognize the chapter manager who has done the best job of recruiting eligible members while retaining the existing members during the previous calendar year.

The Wendt Award

NECA's 2013 Wendt Award winner, Northeastern Line Constructors Chapter, NECA, has earned this distinction for 2013 based upon its years of participating in ELECTRI’s research, education, and international activities and for providing outstanding financial support to the Foundation. Established in 1956, this chapter represents NECA-member power line contractors throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
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Industry Partner Award

NECA's 2013 Industry Partner winner, National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans (NCCMP), a non-profit membership organization founded in 1974 in response to a clear lack of understanding of multiemployer plans that was demonstrated by lawmakers during the enactment of ERISA. It is dedicated exclusively to the advocacy and protection of multiemployer plans, their participants and their families. The NCCMP has achieved an unparalleled track record of results.

The NCCMP monitors, on a non-partisan basis, legislative, regulatory and legal developments from conception to implementation to enforcement effectively representing the interests of multiemployer plans and participants every step of the way.
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Association Executive Institute

The 2013 Chairman was Chester Leonard, Executive Director of NECA's Arkansas Chapter, who was elected at AEI in Las Vegas. The Association Executives Institute is an informal, educational organization, which meets annually, usually in March, in the convention city. The first Institute was held in Pittsburgh in July, 1939. Each person employed in an executive or administrative capacity by a NECA chapter, the National Association, including the NJATC and NEBF shall be a member. The Chairman is elected annually by the majority vote of the members present and shall serve until his successor is elected.

Safety Awards Program

NECA's Safety Awards include two programs, the Safety Excellence Award, and the Zero-Injury Award. The Zero-Injury Award recognizes those member-companies that have worked a full calendar year without recordable incidents. The Safety Excellence Award is the associations premier recognition program, and acknowledges member-contractors safety performance. Learn more about the awards program >

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Student Chapter of the Year Award (NEW)

NECA created the Student Chapter of the Year awards program to recognize and reward outstanding NECA Student Chapters. Award winners are chapters that consistently promote student activities that provide industry exposure and facilitate interaction between member contractors and students. 
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