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Nationwide NECA, IBEW and LMCC Business Development Professionals Gather for Annual NECA Business Development Conference

Jan 22, 2015

For Immediate Release


BETHESDA, MD – January 8, 2014 — The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) just capped its 3rd annual Business Development Conference held at the Electrical Training Institute near Los Angeles in Commerce, California. The conference continues to grow and this year attracted more than 40 attendees from the electrical industry, including representatives from NECA chapters, NECA industry partners, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) International Office, IBEW locals, Labor Management Cooperation Committees (LMCCs) and other affiliated entities. Over the past year, this group has grown in size from 33 to 42 business development professionals.

The annual conference is hosted by NECA with the purpose of providing a forum for education, networking, and sharing of best practices for growing market share in the electrical construction industry. Caitlin Gross, Manager of Business Development for NECA, said, “Some of us have greater expertise in energy and new markets, some in policy, some in marketing. We all have a common goal, and we recognize that we’re stronger when we put our heads together.”

The conference opened with remarks from Los Angeles NECA Chapter Manager, Jim Willson. Willson discussed plans for upgrading the Electrical Training Institute to a “zero net energy plus” facility where more energy would be generated than consumed. Attendees were taken on a tour of the expansive training center’s upgrades and discussed how the facility can be used as an effective business development tool. One of these upgrades includes a microgrid that has been designed and installed onsite by NECA contractor PDE Total Energy Solutions. Dan Henrich, President of PDE, and Dan Cohee, Vice President, joined the conference to provide a presentation and a tour of the microgrid on site.

The second day of the conference began with a national business development update and plans for 2015. Following this, all attendees were given the floor to share a summary of their local efforts. 

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NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. NECA contractors help customers achieve their goals for energy conservation, efficiency and renewable power. NECA’s national office and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research and standards development. For more information, visit www.necanet.org.