Anderson is President/CEO of Anderson Electric. His career started at age 10, working in the warehouse sorting material during summers. At 15, he was referred out on Book 4 and worked as an electrician. He did this several summers before finishing high school. After graduation, he served four years active service in the U.S. Navy. He later returned to Danville, enrolled in Danville Area Community College, and started his electrical apprenticeship a year later. In 1981, he became a journeyman wireman, advancing to foreman and general foreman before moving from field to office as superintendent. He became branch manager of the Danville Office in 1992, taking the titles of President in 2006 and CEO in 2008.
Anderson Electric was founded by Hugh Anderson in Danville, Illinois, in 1918. Anderson Electric performs commercial, industrial, institutional, health care, power generation, energy and technology solutions. It maintains offices in Danville, Mattoon, Bloomington, and Springfield, serving a 100 mile-swath across central Illinois.
INVOLVEMENT WITH NECA
Anderson’s involvement with NECA began in 1988, serving as chairman of the JATC. Within a few years, he represented the Danville Division of the Illinois Chapter on all local committees and joined its board of directors.
He has served as treasurer, vice president, president and governor and currently represents the chapter on the ELECTRI International Council and the District 4 Council. More recently, he was appointed to the Council on Industrial Relations. Anderson’s participation has put him at the table with his labor partners, has allowed him to select and train the industry’s workforce and has given him exposure to its future.
Anderson says the industry has become much safer. He also believes that technology creates demand for electrical contractors’ services. Moreover, he says, energy management, renewable energy, communications, and automation are rapidly growing and changing every day. Anderson adds that new contractors should join NECA, get to know their labor partner by serving on JATC, and attend every meeting, seminar and conference available so they can get involved.
AWAY FROM THE OFFICE
Anderson has two married daughters and two grandsons. When time permits, he likes to play golf and enjoys woodworking.
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