The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) 2015 Convention and Trade Show was another rousing success, with more than 6,000 members and Chapter staff attending this year’s events in San Francisco.
The annual gathering continues to be an exciting mix of opportunities for education, inspiration, networking, and fun!
“Every year, they get better and better,” said Sonja Rheaume of Christenson Electric in Portland, OR.
NECA kicked things off by hosting the opening reception at the world-famous Exploratorium where conventioneers and guests danced the night away with music from the Milwaukee Tool band. Located at San Francisco’s Pier 15, the Exploratorium is internationally recognized as the premier museum of science, art and human perception containing over 650 interactive exhibits ranging from mechanical contraptions to “physical phenomenon” artworks to high-tech computerized displays. Attendees were able to explore museum exhibits, enjoy specialty cocktails, fortune telling, karaoke and much more!
On Sunday, the NECA Show opened with the ceremonial ribbon cutting by NECA executive director, Beth Ellis. The NECA Show is the #1 trade show of it’s kind in the electrical construction industry presenting the largest gathering of manufacturers and distributors showcasing thousands of solutions contractors need to save time and money on the job, and grow their business.
Highlights of NECA 2015 San Francisco, which concluded Tuesday, included dynamic speakers such as education visionary Sal Khan who shared his global vision of learning and the creation of the Khan Academy. Learn more »
The second general session speaker was endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, who talked about her historic swim from Cuba to the United States and the importance of having a dynamic and amazing team. Learn more »
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There were also preconvention workshops and educational opportunities throughout the weekend. View full schedule here »
Other meetings included theNECA Business Development Meeting, the Women in NECA (WIN) Roundtable and the NECA Student Chapters Job Fair and Green Energy Challenge.
Iowa State University was named the winner of the Green Energy Challenge. The student team from Iowa State beat out two other finalists, Penn State University and the Illinois Institute of Technology, for the top spot. Purdue University won the poster contest.
Charles Freeman of Gulf Electric in Mobile, AL and his wife Shaleen said they enjoyed their trip to the Bay Area. They gave rave reviews for all of the presentations at NECA 2015 San Francisco, especially the one about Alcatraz, Life on the Rock.
Chart-topping musician Kenny Loggins had NECA 2015 attendees getting Footloose when he performed an exclusive concert Tuesday evening for the closing celebration at the Warfield. Next year’s convention will take place in Boston, October 7-10
Education presentations and credit hours are now avilabile, learn more here »
Be sure to check out NECA's Flickr stream at flickr.com/necanet for photos of everything that went down during NECA 2015 San Francisco -- we may even have one of you!
at the Boston Convention & Exposition Center. Save the date and be sure to sign up again when registration opens on June 3.
More information will soon be available on necaconvention.org
See you in Boston!