Posted on Jan 24, 2008
John M Grau
As Executive Director of NECA’s Southern Region, B. David Roberts is responsible for a territory from Arizona to Virginia that encompasses 15 states and 34 NECA chapters.He interacts regularly with two NECA District Vice Presidents and four IBEW International Vice Presidents.He directs a staff of four NECA field representatives, plus an office assistant.
Above all, David Roberts is the right man in the right place.His depth of knowledge and personal touch in dealing with complex issues and disputes makes him a highly effective and widely respected NECA representative. David has devoted most of his career to working for NECA, serving as Southern Region Executive Director for over 20 years.He also worked as a NECA field representative for nine years and as manager of the former Ouachita Valley Chapter from 1973-1978. David also had a brief career as a high school football coach and math teacher.
David holds the distinction of being one of the longest serving appointees to the Council on Industrial Relations.Whenever the Council breaks into two panels to decide cases, David plays the key role of coordinating and presenting NECA’s positions on the second panel.He has earned the admiration and respect of both IBEW and NECA representatives to the CIR.
David was born in Yazoo City, Miss. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi and during summers, he worked as a carpenter on construction crews.
While at Ole Miss, David played wide receiver on the same football team as famed quarterback Archie Manning.Apparently David dropped too many of Archie’s passes, or he might have moved on to the pros as well. (Archie Manning is father of current pro quarterbacks Payton and Eli Manning.)
I appreciate that David has always been willing to provide me with lots of advice and down to earth wisdom, my favorite being “crow isn’t half-bad if you know how to fix it.” Having had to eat my share of crow over the years, I’ve found this bit of advice to be particularly useful.