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2012 NECA Future Leaders Conference

The 2012 Future Leaders Conference in Irving, TX was well attended, attracting young and emerging electrical contractors from all across the country who are taking on greater responsibilities within their companies and association.

The Future Leaders program was developed by NECA's Management Education Institute and is organized jointly with MEI by a steering committee of younger NECA member contractors. The program offers younger professionals an opportunity to network with their peers and a chance for them to consider the challenges their companies, industry and association will face in the future. Members of the NECA Future Leaders Task Force include:

  • Henry Brown (Miller Electric, Jacksonville, Florida)
  • Chris Jaskiewicz (Evets Electric, Girard, Ohio)
  • Todd Mikec (Lighthouse Electric, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania)
  • Phillip Rose (Roman Electric, Milwaukee, Wisconsin),
  • Bryan Stewart (The Superior Group, Columbus, Ohio)
  • Michael Weaver (M&W Electric, Albany, Oregon)

The conference began with a golf outing at the Hackberry Creek County Club. A welcome reception was held that evening at the OMNI Mandalay Hotel Las Colinas.

The serious business began when Michael Allosso, an award-winning professional director, actor, choreographer, writer, teacher and coach, kicked off the meeting with a presentation on "You on Your Best Day." It was designed to help NECA Future Leaders reach a more vital and dynamic awareness of the excellence needed not only for presentations, but also in communications in every moment of the day. Notes from the presentation and Allosso's handout, are posted on the Future Leaders web page.

The Future Leaders were treated to a tour of Miller Electric's Irving, Texas, facility in the afternoon. The tour included presentations by Henry BrownDaniel Brown and Alan Creel from Miller Electric, as well as presentations from Mike Carrol and Geoffery Neilson from Graybar. The overall theme was "How to Manage Remote & Multi-Site Locations and Environments." Henry Miller, a member of the Future Leaders Task Force is senior vice president at Miller Electric Company, the host firm for this year's conference. Special thanks go out to Henry, Daniel, Alan and all the employees of Miller Electric for opening their doors to the NECA Future Leaders.

Following the tour of Miller Electric, the Future Leaders were given a tour of Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. At the end of the tour, the group posed for a group photo. (A larger copy of the photo is available for viewing on the Future Leaders web page.) Later that evening, the Future Leaders met for a reception and dinner at Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas.

Future Leaders at Cowboy Stadium

The next morning, David Long (Miller Electric) gave a presentation on "NTI 2012 - Why You Need to Be There." At the end of his presentation, he challenged the Future Leaders to take an active role in shaping future National Training Institutes (NTI) and suggested they form a task force. A sign-in sheet was passed around, and several people have signed up to be a part of this task force. (Note: You can get more information on, and register for, the 2012 NTI at

Following Long's presentation, Beth Ellis, Executive Director, Convention/Exposition gave a presentation on the new NECA NOW 2013 Executive Leadership Conference, April 14-17, 2013, and an overview of the 2012 NECA Convention and Trade ShowSeptember 29-October 2, in Las Vegas. Up next, NECA President Dennis Quebe (Chapel Electric, Dayton, Ohio) discussed "The Future of NECA Future Leaders," a great lead-in to the Roundtable Discussion facilitated by Quebe, NECA CEO John Grau, and the members of the Future Leaders Task Force. The overall theme of the Roundtable Discussion was "Survival Tactics - What's Happening in the Marketplace?" Notes from the Roundtable Discussion are posted on the Future Leaders web page.

The final presentation of the 2012 conference was a discussion entitled "Peer Groups - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know." Task Force, and Anton Mikec (Lighthouse Electric Company) facilitated this discussion.

Daniel Shea (Shea Electric & Communications, Oshkosh, Wisconsin) shared his thoughts of attending the 2012 conference, "Back from the NECA Future Leaders conference with a wealth of knowledge, as usual. There's something about being in a room with outstanding and incredibly smart business owners and leaders that lead their companies. It was great to see both John Grau and our new NECA President Dennis Quebe actively participating in discussions. Thank you for the insight and comradery! A special thank you to Greg Mankevich and the FL Task Force for organizing a well thought out agenda! This is well worth our time (and money) and I'm hopeful that others will choose to join us next year."

Meeting Handouts and Downloads

You on Your Best Day - Michael Allosso
Presentation Notes
35 Secret Weapons

Roundtable Discussion - Survival tactics - What's happening in the marketplace?

Conference Evaluation Results


Future Plans for Future Leaders

The Future Leaders will meet at NECA's Convention in Las Vegas for an informal reception and to announce plans for the 2013 Future Leaders Conference. If you'd like to be added to our Future Leaders mailing list to be notified about upcoming events, please contact Gregory Mankevich, executive director of NECA's Executive Management Institute at 301-215-4550 or by email (

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