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ELECTRI Council Gathers During NECA Convention
As of May 22, 2018

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October 18, 2013

More than 100 ELECTRI Council members participated in the Council meeting, held on October 13th during the NECA Convention in Washington, DC.

ELECTRI Council Chair Dan Divane (Divane Bros., Chicago) welcomed the group and recognized companies that had joined the Council since July 2013 – Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors (Northbrook, IL), Hardt Electric Inc. (Chicago) and Rexel / Gexpro (Dallas). 

Researchers for four completed projects, as commissioned by ELECTRI, offered brief summaries of their findings and recommendations. The topics presented included:

  • EC2020: Strategies for Electrical Contractor Business Development in the New Energy Economy, Dr. David Riley, Penn State University
  • Generating Success: An Exploration of the Issues Facing the Electrical Construction Industry through the Lens of Family Business, Dr. Greg McCann, Stetson University
  • Promoting Careers in EC through Student Chapters & Energy Efficiency Research, (Presented by Dr. Kenneth Walsh, San Diego State University on behalf of Thais Alves, San Diego State University)
  • Council Recommendations from Feasibility of Supply Chain Cooperative Initiative Survey, Carolyn R. Fazio, Resource Development Consultant for ELECTRI, Fazio International Ltd.

Divane told Council members, “We have worked hard this year and we are listening to your recommendations about ways we can improve what we select for our research agenda, how we get the results out to the industry, and how we turn research into education to make our contractors stronger, more efficient, and more profitable.” 

ELECTRI President Russ Alessi thanked Council members for their active participation and service this year as members of project task forces and other committees.

The Council will meet again on January 29-31, 2014, at the Boca Raton Resort in Boca Raton, Florida. Major research proposals will be presented at that meeting. The Council will then analyze the return on investment of each proposed project and make its selections for the ELECTRI 2014 research agenda.