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NECA Innovation Institute

The NECA Innovation Institute is a one-year professional training program for future executives to become visionary thinkers with the essential innovation skills for practical deployment.

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Invest in Yourself and
Elevate Your Organization

Interested in the NECA Innovation Institute?

Complete the NECA Innovation Institute interest form here

Contact Us

Email the Institute at [email protected]

Tauhira Ali
Executive Director, Industry Innovation
(404) 992-2248

Jason Thurner
Director, Industry Innovation
(262) 622-3843

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

  • Invigorate your career and sharpen your problem-solving toolkit.
    • This is a one-year professional training program that will empower you to become a visionary thinker with the essential innovation skills for practical deployment.
  • What do you get?
    • One-on-one coaching in strategic problem solving
    • Intimate peer group discussions
    • Individualized capstone project work
    • Recognition as an innovative pioneer and Innovation Institute Practitioner
  • Join an elite group of strategists poised to change the industry and take electrical construction to the next level.

NECA Innovation Institute Cohort Rosters

Click the links below to jump to each roster:

Franklin Cohort Roster
Bell Cohort Roster
Westinghouse Cohort Roster
Clarke Cohort Roster
Edison Cohort Roster

 

FRANKLIN COHORT ROSTER

April 2024 - April 2025

NECA is proud to announce the Franklin Cohort of the Innovation Institute. Each of these recognized leaders within the electrical construction industry has already achieved considerable career impact within their organizations. Through the advocacy of their executive teams, they have been identified as the innovators of tomorrow. They are strategic, inquisitive, and capable of achieving the highest ranks as pioneers and visionaries for the future of construction.


Rebekah Scharfe
Executive Vice President
John A. Penney Company, Inc.
Cambridge, MA

Brian Yetter
Director of Preconstruction
West Side Hammer Electric
Bethlehem, PA


Crystal Wagner
Business Manager
Gerke Electric
Cincinnati, OH

Leah Mack
Project Manager
Allison-Smith Company
Charleston, SC


Douglas Lazarus
Estimating Manager
Decker Electric
Wichita, KS

Tiffany Robinson
Preconstruction Manager
Christenson Electric
Portland, OR


Ed Green, PE
Senior Project Manager
Kaiser Electric
Fenton, MO

Heath Blackburn
Operations Manager
Wheeler Electric, Inc.
Idaho Falls, ID


Shane M. Williams
Director of Construction
North/Western Electrical Corporation
Northglenn, CO

Todd Ennis
Senior Electrical Engineer
O'Connell Electric Company
Rochester, NY

BELL COHORT ROSTER

August 2023 - August 2024

NECA is proud to announce the Bell Cohort of the Innovation Institute. Each of these recognized leaders within the electrical construction industry has already achieved considerable career impact within their organizations. Through the advocacy of their executive teams, they have been identified as the innovators of tomorrow. They are strategic, inquisitive, and capable of achieving the highest ranks as pioneers and visionaries for the future of construction.


Colby Bruce
Operations Manager
Stewart Electrical Contracting, Inc.
Lawrence, MA

Tim Viau
Senior VDC Manager
Miller Electric Company
Jacksonville, FL


Matt Powell
Service Manager
Zeller Electric
Goodfield, IL

David Deschaine
Director of Special Projects
Alterman Electric
Austin, TX


Greg Nordin
Senior Project Manager
Columbia River Electric Maintenance
Kennewick, WA

Brandon Douglas
Project Manager
Pacific Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Medford, OR


Max Gallaway
Vice President
Max Electric Inc.
Grandview, MO

Andrew Baker
Project Manager
Quality Electric Inc.
Boise, ID


Vernie Herman
Project Manager
Vmax Electric Inc.
Bakersfield, CA

 

WESTINGHOUSE COHORT ROSTER

April 2023 - April 2024

NECA is proud to announce the Westinghouse Cohort of the Innovation Institute. Each of these recognized leaders within the electrical construction industry has already achieved considerable career impact within their organizations. Through the advocacy of their executive teams, they have been identified as the innovators of tomorrow. They are strategic, inquisitive, and capable of achieving the highest ranks as pioneers and visionaries for the future of construction.


Bobby Falzone
Project Manager
Lynnwell Associates, Inc
Quincy, MA

Nick Behnken
Senior Prefab Manager
ESI Electrical Contractors
Dayton, OH


Mike Stahl
Project Manager
Chewning & Wilmer, Inc
Richmond, VA

Samuel Rokowski
Director of MTI & Construction Technologies
Maddox Electric Company, Inc
Winter Garden, FL


Shane Davin
Vice President of Service & Special Projects
DL Smith Electric
Topeka, KS

Greg Miller
VP of Preconstruction
Christenson Electric
Portland, OR


Sheri Trzebiatowski
VP of Operations
ArchKey Solutions
Plymouth, MN

Tanner Venema
Special Projects/Service Division Manager
Skyline Electric Co.
West Valley City, UT


Jeremy Flanders
Director of Field Operations
Cupertino Electric Inc
San Francisco, CA

Trey Theobald
Project Manager
O'Connell Electric
Rochester, NY

 

CLARKE COHORT ROSTER

January - December 2022

NECA is proud to announce the Clarke Cohort of the Innovation Institute. Each of these recognized leaders within the electrical construction industry has already achieved considerable career impact within their organizations. Through the advocacy of their executive teams, they have been identified as the innovators of tomorrow. They are strategic, inquisitive, and capable of achieving the highest ranks as a pioneer and visionary for the future of construction.


Lance Beck
Project Manager
Chapel Electric Co.
Dayton, OH

Brian Swiatek
Director of Field Operations
Continental Electrical
Oak Brook, IL


Jack Stefanek
Project Manager
Shambaugh and Son
Fort Wayne, IN

Jarret Bergkamp
Executive Vice President
Decker Electric
Wichita, KS


Kevin Moses
Vice President
Big State Electric
San Antonio, TX

Dennis Harter
Vice President
Kaiser Electric
Fenton, MO


Eric Hintze
Executive Manager
Quality Electric
Boise, ID

Diya Peter
Operations Application Director
Rosendin Electric
San Jose, CA


Jeremy Spaulding
Superintendent
PAR Electrical
Canal Winchester, OH

Phillip Matthews
Project Manager
O'Connell Electric
Rochester, NY

 

EDISON COHORT ROSTER

August 2021 - August 2022

NECA is proud to announce the inaugural cohort of the Innovation Institute. Each of these recognized leaders within the electrical construction industry has already achieved considerable career impact within their organizations. Through the advocacy of their executive teams, they have been identified as the innovators of tomorrow. They are strategic, inquisitive, and capable of achieving the highest ranks as a pioneer and visionary for the future of construction.


Jeffry Fuentes
Executive Vice President of Integration
Aurora Electric
Jamaica, NY

Denise Devine
Director of Community Business Development
Pro Cal Lighting
Vista, CA


Kyle Witte
Project Executive
Lemberg Electric
Brookfield, WI

Mark Lotspeich
Research and Efficiency Manager
Dynalectric OR
Portland, OR


Joe Aikens
Vice President, Technology
Cannon & Wendt
Phoenix, AZ

Nick Rol
Service Director
Thompson Electric
Sioux City, IA


Kirk Wahlstrom
Manager
Egan Company
Champlin, MN

Paul Mendoza
Vice President, Austin
Alterman Electric
Austin, TX


Zack Scott
Special Projects Group Manager
Christenson
Portland, OR

Brian Russ
Project Manager
Allison-Smith
Smyrna, GA