NECA established the Robert L. Higgins Association Executive Distinguished Service Award in 1989 to honor staff executive and chapter managers for their exceptional contributions to the advancement of the National Electrical Contractors Association. This year’s award goes to Greg E. Armstrong of the Northern California Chapter, NECA.
Prior to joining the Northern California Chapter, NECA in 2007, Armstrong served as Executive Director of the Northern California Electrical Construction Industry (NCECI), a regional LMCC program that strives to increase market share in the public sector for signatory contractors. There he directed compliance efforts including monitoring public works job sites, filing formal bid protests, and working with awarding agencies to ensure compliance with various Public Contract and Labor Codes.
Armstrong has demonstrated a passion to expand business development efforts in order to promote and advocate for the NECA contractors he represents. He participates in various local economic development associations as well as school boards and other local organizations and committees. Armstrong is a Trustee for the California Statewide Electrical Labor Management Cooperation Committee (LMCC) focusing on workforce development and increasing market share for the union electrical industry. He is also the Co-Chair of California’s Statewide Electrical JATC with the goal of promoting electrical apprenticeships and providing superior training.
At the core of Armstrong’s efforts and interests for NECA is developing and maintaining relationships. While advocating for electrical workforce development and securing industry funding, Armstrong knows the importance legislation has on future work conditions. He has helped to organize multiple Day at the Capitol events in Sacramento for contractors throughout California to meet with state officials to discuss pending legislation. Another relationship Armstrong aims to develop is between the California Energy Commission and NECA contractors to ensure the success of Communities in Charge – a project to expand access to electric vehicle charging and develop new markets.
Making the prosperity of the Northern California Chapter, NECA’s more than 70 contractor members his main focus, Armstrong has made himself accessible in every avenue that affects electrical contractor operations. Contractors value his insight and benefit from the harmonious relationships he has nurtured with his local IBEW partners.
For his remarkable record of furthering NECA within his region and across the nation, Greg E. Armstrong is the recipient of the 2023 Robert L. Higgins Association Executive Distinguished Service Award.