Posted on Oct 11, 2007
John M Grau
NECA’s convention was great, but it’s good to be home. I’m sure almost everyone who attended our convention and trade show last week in San Francisco feels the same way.
While the convention takes most people away from their regular business and routines, it is my business. Since almost everyone I need to talk to or meet with was in San Francisco, there was only a small pile of mail and documents to approve when I returned to the office. And, of course, I was able to keep up with my e-mail along the way.
By any measure, NECA’s 2007 convention and trade show were a big success. The workshops and seminars were well received, the speakers were fantastic, the trade show floor was busy, the governance meetings went smoothly, and the activities in San Francisco were a delight.
Many people took time to share some of their thoughts and opinions with me about our industry and what they think about what NECA is doing or should be doing. Generally, I found that our members think we’re heading in the right direction, and we’re doing the right things – although everyone would like to see change come more quickly.
For instance, many members expressed their dismay over IBEW President Ed Hill’s comments about portability and other issues following our Town Hall meeting. While we work closely and progressively with the IBEW on most matters, this is one case where there are some deep-seated differences. I’ll explore some of these in more depth in future postings.
The point I’d like to leave with you is that despite these differences, we will not give up in our efforts to achieve the changes needed to advance and grow our industry. What gives me hope is that in all my regular meetings and conversations with the IBEW leaders, I know they want to succeed as badly as we do. All we have to do is agree on the right way to get there. And now that I’m back in my office, it’s at the top of my “to do” list.