NECA bestows the James H. McGraw Award upon a person adjudged to have contributed some new or useful idea to the electrical contracting industry or to have performed an industry service over and above normal responsibility to personal or company progress. This honor will be presented to Mark Mazur of MJM Electric during NECA’s national convention in October.
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.
And, indeed, Mark Mazur has been highly active in the Florida West Coast Chapter, NECA, where he has served on every local committee, chaired the Tampa Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC), and has presided as chapter president nearly continously since 2005. Many of his contributions at the local level have resulted in bigger gains for NECA and its constituents regionally and nationally.
For example, Mazur is a member of NECA’s Political Leadership Council. PLC membership is exclusive member contractors who make a personal annual commitment of $5000 to the Electrical Construction Political Action Committee (ECPAC), which gives NECA the power to keep and expand on our position as a million-dollar-plus political action “player.” He has also served as his chapter’s representative To the PLC for five years. Now, he has been appointed by NECA’s Executive Committee to chair the ECPAC effort for NECA’s entire District 3 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Panama Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands).
And not only does Mark Mazur excel at fundraising; he is also politically astute. For one thing, he has formed a close personal bond with Rep. Gus Bilirakis, who represents Florida’s ninth district, and this has proven beneficial for the electrical contracting industry on all levels.
Mazur was instrumental in persuading his chapter to support ELECTRI International at the Keynote Chapter Century Circle level (with a commitment from each chapter member to contribute $100 per year for five years). He also made a personal Founder’s commitment ($100,000 contribution). Now, having earned a reputation as an outstanding fundraiser and an unparalleled supporter of ELECTRI’s research agenda, he has been appointed to ELECTRI’s “Kitchen Cabinet” fundraising committee.
He has also been an active participant, for many years, in NECA’s Peer Group programs which involve member-initiated groups where contractors and industry professionals sharing common interests and business concerns can come together, and he attributes much of his firm’s success to NECA’s efforts in this regard.
Mazur and MJM Electric were in the news when his company landed the job of addressing all the electrical needs of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa. After the convention was over, Mazur took out a half-page ad in a local newspaper to thank IBEW and his employees for a job well done — and that is a testament to his own character.
Another testament to character: Despite his busy schedule, Mazur always manages to find a week or two every year doing “missionary” work in impoverished areas of Latin America, bringing electricity to those who don’t have any access to power.