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Registration Opens as In-Person NECA Convention Returns

Jul 14, 2021

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NECA 2021 Nashville will reunite the industry while providing hybrid options for all attendees.

NECA is excited to announce that registration has opened for the 2021 NECA Convention & Trade Show in Nashville. This event, being held Oct. 9–12, marks the in-person return of the electrical construction industry’s premier event. Attendees will gain access to industry-leading education, top-notch speakers, networking, entertainment and North America’s largest electrical construction trade show.

NECA 2021 Nashville will also feature a hybrid virtual option, making every education session available to all registrants not able to travel to Nashville. Those attending the convention in-person will also have access to this on-demand content for 30 days following the convention. Early registration discounts are available through August 31.

“All of us at NECA are tremendously excited to be reuniting the industry as we return to our in-person Convention and Trade Show, while also leveraging technology to ensure the show is accessible to those who cannot be there physically,” said NECA CEO David Long. “NECA 2021 Nashville is set to be a pivotal event for our association and our industry, connecting attendees with the products, speakers, education, and networking that they have come to expect from our events and meetings, all while continuing to push electrical construction to the next level.”

NECA 2021 Nashville Teaser from NECAnet on Vimeo.

General Session Speakers

Archie Manning
October 10 • 10:15 a.m.

During his 14-year NFL career, Archie Manning set most Saints passing records, played in two Pro Bowls, and was the NFC’s most valuable player in 1978. You will be inspired by his story, sense of humor, warm personality and drive.

John Rich
October 11 • 10:00 a.m.

John Rich’s ability to capture the American zeitgeist in song has made him one of the most successful entertainers in the music business. His latest venture is a lifestyle brand called Redneck Riviera. Join Rich for a candid Q&A and exclusive performance.

Daymond John
October 12 • 1:15 p.m.

Daymond John is a star of ABC’s “Shark Tank” and the founder of FUBU. Join us as he shares his goal-setting and achievement strategies so you can make positive changes in all areas of your life! 

Opening Reception

Down Home Reunion
October 9 • 7:30 p.m.

We’re headed down to Broadway—the heart of Nashville—for a Welcome Reception at the iconic Wildhorse Saloon and brand new One Fourteen! Join the Milwaukee Tool Shed Band, explore, and taste a little whiskey or moonshine.

Closing Celebration

The All-Star Jam
October 12 • Doors at 7:00 p.m.

The All-Star Jam features Don Felder (The Eagles), Steve Augeri (Journey) and Eddie Montgomery (Montgomery Gentry) for a high-energy show packed with your favorite classic rock and country hits.

Apprentice Appreciation Day: Sunday, October 10

Apprentices, training directors and instructors are invited to attend NECA Apprentice Appreciation Day. We have planned a special program for apprentices working at all levels of electrical construction (from first year to fifth year) featuring such speakers as Ronald Bailey and Nic Bittle. Following the program, all participants can visit the NECA Show for free!


Each year, NECA offers top-notch education offerings featuring dynamic speakers and instructors from across the globe. Preconvention Workshops take a deep dive on the topics you need most. Convention Education will challenge the way you think and help you build a brighter future for you and your company. Trade Show Education features Leadership Workshops, Technical Workshops and Construction Solutions Workshops—all on the show floor!

The NECA Show

The NECA Trade Show has evolved to become the premier event for power, light, energy and communication technology. Talk with company executives from 250-plus exhibitors. Visit the Showstopper Showcase, sponsored by ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine, to see what innovative products have been introduced in the market within the last 12 months. Learn how to streamline your company in the NECA Innovation Zone, featuring live recordings of the Innovation Overload podcast. For entertainment, check out the Songbird Café sponsored by Schneider Electric, and the NECA Sports Zone sponsored by Southwire.

A Hybrid Event

We are excited to offer new virtual and hybrid options for NECA 2021 Nashville, making all of this year’s Convention available in a hybrid format so you can get the best of Nashville live and in-person. Also, those who attend can catch up virtually to ensure they didn’t miss anything! Also check out the virtual Trade Show, where attendees can attend education, see new products and much more.

NECA 2021 Nashville at a Glance

Saturday, Oct. 9

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Registration
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.: District 10 Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Board of Governors Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Board of Governors Meeting
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: ELECTRI International Electrical Contracting Innovation Challenge
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Business Development Seminar
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: NECAPAC Reception
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Opening Reception: Down Home Reunion
9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.: Afterparty sponsored by Milwaukee Tool 

Sunday, Oct. 10

7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Registration
8:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.: Convention Education
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Opening General Session with Archie Manning
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Showstopper Showcase
11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: NECA Show/Education Workshops
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: ELECTRI Council Meeting 

Monday, Oct. 11

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Registration
8:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.: Convention Education
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Monday General Session with John Rich
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Showstopper Showcase
11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: NECA Show/Education Workshops
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: WIN Roundtable
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: WIN/Future Leaders Reception
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: ELECTEI International Reception 

Tuesday, Oct. 12

7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Registration
8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.: Convention Education
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Showstopper Showcase
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: NECA Show/Education Workshops
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Closing General Session
7:00 p.m.: Closing Celebration

Register Now

Register before August 31 to lock in your early registration rate! NECA members can unlock the greatest savings by acting right now.

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime NECA Convention and Trade Show where we will bring the entire industry back together again. Visit necaconvention.org to register and read more about this event.