Posted on Apr 30, 2007
John M Grau
It’s that time of year when everyone is finishing their holiday shopping and looking to Christmas week ahead. I decided it would be fun to ask a few people what’s on their Christmas wish list this year.
Geary Higgins said total manpower portability nationwide was at the top of his list. But he’s not satisfied with just getting one item this year. He’s also asking for the CW/CE classification and a “call one/take one” referral provision as Category I language. I hope the IBEW is feeling like Santa Claus.
Russ Alessi said if he had one wish it would be for a strong economy to allow the Foundation’s endowment to grow in quantum leaps so that the Foundation can spread more knowledge and information to benefit the industry. It’s a good thing the Foundation has a well-diversified portfolio.
Lake Coulson, NECA’s new executive director of government affairs, wants a repeal of both the 3% withholding tax and the estate tax. I guess he’s also hoping that Congress won’t insist on revenue offsets for his requests.
Bob White, our retiring government affairs director, wants the same things Lake asked for, but also would like to see an increase in Social Security benefits. Looks like Bob’s focus is starting to change a little.
Stuart Binstock submitted a Hanukkah list with three wishes. He would like to see every one of our chapters conduct at least one MEI course each year. He also would like one person from each NECA firm to sign up for our two new online courses,“E-mail in the Workplace” and “Introduction to Green Buildings for Electrical Contractors.” Finally, he would like to see more members transform their business as a result of participating in the Executive Management Insititute.
NECA’s regional executive directors also have some special requests. Drew Gibson had the CW/CE at the top of his list just like Geary. David Roberts wants an additional 5,000 skilled journeymen for his region. Bill Kuhr is hoping “that a climate of optimism with renewed energy and purpose be infused into NECA members and staff that recognizes the great potential and talent among us, the uniqueness of our organization, and the subsequent realization that nothing is insurmountable.” I think Bill would also like to see peace on earth.
Mike Thompson is looking for increased membership and increased revenues for NECA. He asks for that every year. Dan Walter wants to find a new director of codes and safety that is at least half as good as Brooke was. That going to be a tough one for Santa to fulfill.
Other people in the organization have their lists as well but I’m running out of space. As for me I want NECA to realize its vision of leadership, advocacy, market expansion, workforce and management development. That total portability thing wouldn’t be so bad either.
IMGXYZ142IMGZYX Finally, in my house we have literally have someone wishing for his two front teeth, and a bottom one, too.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all.