The National Electrical Contractors Association has named William C. Orgill, Executive Director, Western Region the recipient of the 2020 Robert L. Higgins Association Executive Distinguished Service Award. Orgill was honored on Thursday, October 8, 2020, during NECA 2020 LIVE, the virtual convention and trade show.
This award was established to recognize staff executive and chapter managers for their exceptional contributions to the association.
Orgill has brought positive change to the association throughout his career and has been an excellent advocate for the industry. He began his career with NECA in 1987, as a Chapter Executive for the Oregon Pacific-Cascade Chapter. During his time there, he increased Chapter membership from 18 to 25, and improved the market share of the member companies. He worked with other Chapter Executives on legislative issues in the State of Oregon and built a strong legislative coalition, renewing NECA’s influence on such matters in the state. He partnered with labor to create an agreement that allowed material handlers to do any work that does not require a license, thus lowering composite crew costs.
Nationally, Orgill worked as a Western Region Field Representative for the 8th District for 11 years, then moved to the 6th District for nine years. He collaborated with the IBEW on an Industry Awareness Program, which worked with Chapters and Unions to discuss and raise awareness of the NECA-IBEW partnership. He eventually became the Executive Director of NECA’s Western Region, where he continues to prioritize Labor Relations as a member of the Council on Industrial Relations.
For more on NECA’s National Awards, visit the "Awards & Recognition" tab under Membership.