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An Outstanding Year
As of June 18, 2018

Published on: 
December 20, 2012

ELECTRI International has had a remarkable 2012.

Contributions to the Foundation continue at an unprecedented pace with a 2012 total of $1,056,650. This includes $677,650 from electrical contractors and other industry colleagues and $379,000 from NECA Chapters. 

One of the highlights of the year is the Talent Initiative Challenge Grant sponsored by Dick and Tim McBride of Southern Contracting and Walt and Michael Parkes of O'Connell Electric. Talent Initiative commitments for 2012 plus the released challenge dollars now total $550,000. 

"Funding is the fuel that makes ELECTRI so powerful," noted ELECTRI President, Russ Alessi. "Our programs and projects happen because of the industry's generosity and I want to thank everyone who takes part in our initiatives."

Other 2012 highlights include:

  • The new ELECTRI web site went live. Industry members had expressed interest in an updated, interactive website and ELECTRI delivered, with thanks to Maxwell Systems for its generous support of the web design process.
  • ELECTRI needed new marketing materials that would solidify its brand and bring some 2012 "spark" to its message. Thanks to Thomas & Betts for providing its marketing and design team to create the new materials for ELECTRI.
  • The annual Green Energy Student Competition produced four outstanding teams for final presentations during the NECA Convention in Las Vegas. The winning NECA Student Chapter from Youngstown State University received a $2,000 award from ELECTRI for the school.
  • The Cross-Border meeting, sponsored by ELECTRI's International Center offered a behind-the-scenes preview of the new Panama Canal locks. Contractors met with their counterparts from Panama and other parts of the world for a solid agenda of business discussions and lots of good times as well.
  • The ELECTRI Council selected four major research projects and two young professional awards for 2012. Each topic was evaluated and selected as key to the future success of the EC industry.