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Oct 06

Welcome to NECA 2016 Boston!

signphotoneca16You have arrived at the electrical construction industry’s No. 1 event — The NECA Convention and Trade Show — an exciting mix of opportunities for education, inspiration, networking, and fun! Now, through Monday, October 10 at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center.

For all the information you need, go to Or, download the app!

There, you’ll be able to view a full schedule and get to know your way around Boston.


Here are a few things you can look forward to:

NECA will kick things off Friday night by hosting the opening reception at the Museum of Science, a landmark institution known as a mecca of revolutionary discovery. By popular demand, the Blue Wing’s main stage will feature the return of Milwaukee Tool’s Tool Shed Band. There is truly something for everyone – interactive exhibits, inspiring encounters and tantalizing cuisine inspired by the regional elements of New England.

You will also get to hear from several dynamic speakers while you’re here.

The Opening General Session will feature Doris Kearns Goodwin, a world-renowned presidential historian and the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books. Closing General Session speaker Mick Ebeling is a film/television/commercial producer, philanthropist, technology trailblazer, author, entrepreneur and public speaker. He is the CEO of Not Impossible Labs, whose mission is to develop creative solutions to address real-world problems.

Preconvention workshops start Thursday. Other meetings to attend include the Women in NECA Roundtable (Sunday), the NECA Business Development Meeting (Friday) and the ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge (Friday).

And don’t miss an incredible evening of music featuring a private concert by the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra at the famed Symphony Hall for our Closing Celebration. It starts at 7 p.m. on Monday.

We hope you enjoy your stay in Boston and get the most out of #NECA16!


Oct 03

Plan Your Schedule for #NECA16

Have you downloaded the app yet? 

The NECA 2016 Boston mobile app is your best resource while on site for the NECA Convention & Trade Show October 7-10. Find upcoming sessions, cruise the show floor and get up-to-the-minute updates and special event notifications. Available in the iTunes and Google Play mobile stores. 


NECA 2016 Boston offers 7 educational tracks – from labor relations to energy solutions -check out our full schedule at »

Sep 28

Latest Newscast Shares What You Can Expect at NECA 2016 Boston

The NECA Convention and Trade Show is right around the corner. And it’s not the first time it has been held in Boston. “We’re really excited to be back in Boston because the last time we were in Boston was in 2010, and we had a great show,” said Katie McCormick, NECA Director of Meetings. McCormick said she thinks it will be a different experience for everyone because of the area where the convention will be held – new shops, bars and restaurants – and location on the water. “We have about 250 vendors on the trade show floor, and we’re pretty close to selling out,” McCormick said. “This is going to be a pretty dynamic show this year. See you in Boston!”



It’s also important to note that the schedule for the convention has changed this year. Everything has shifted forward a day – to Saturday-Monday. The Board of Governors Meeting will be on Friday.

Jun 30

NECA to Offer Tours of Boston during NECA 2016 Boston

NECA will be offering a series of custom tours and excursions in and around Boston for guests during NECA 2016 Boston this October.

Historic sites such as the famed Fenway Park as well as unique experiences like “Call of the Whales” are among the options to take advantage of on Friday, Oct. 7-Sunday, Oct. 9.

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Here’s a sampling of what to expect:

Fenway Park – Friday, Oct. 7

Guests will embark on a behind-the-scenes tour of “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark,” the famous Fenway Park. See the home of Red Sox legends, visit Pesky’s pole, sit atop the Green Monster, learn exclusive fun facts about the Red Sox, Fenway Park, and more. Within this exclusive experience, enjoy a private ballpark tour with field level access as well as plenty of fun surprises along the way.

City Tour – Friday, Oct. 7

Guests will travel through Copley Square and the Back Bay, home of the Boston Public Library and Trinity Church.  They will also see Kings Chapel and the Old Granary Burying Grounds, the final resting place for several original Patriots. A walking portion includes a unique experience in Boston’s famous Haymarket Square with live vendors.

Call of the Whales – Saturday, Oct. 8

Guests can relax and enjoy a 3-hour whale watch cruise on a high-speed catamaran.  The cruise will visit the East Coast’s most famous whale watching destination, Stellwagen Bank. Guests can view a variety of whales including the humpback, finback and minke while the whales frolic in their natural habitat.

La Dolce Vita North End Market Tour – Saturday, Oct. 8

A docent-guided tour will provide guests with insight on the infamous “Little Italy” of Boston, the North End. One of the oldest neighborhoods in America, the North End is made up of quaint and narrow cobblestone streets. Stops are made at various shops which may include: a pastry shop, a confection store, a coffee/spice store, a greengrocer, a salumeria (deli) and a liquor store. A guide will divulge secrets on how to spot authentic ingredients, where to buy them and how to prepare them.

Bewitching Seaports – Sunday, Oct. 9

Guests will enjoy a delicious lunch featuring savory seafood favorites at Turner’s Seafood. After lunch, a Witch Hysteria tour guide will meet and walk guests through the commons, graveyard, and delve into the historical significance of the Salem Witch Trials, Witch Hysteria, and more.

Boston Brewery Tour – Sunday, Oct. 9

Guests will go to three local breweries for a tour and tasting at each location. Learn the brewing process; touch, see, and smell hops; sample some fine beers; and enjoy light bites at the end of the tour.

The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 16. The tours will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis for a limited number of guests.

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Also Available: :Post-Meeting Fall Foliage Tour

October 11-14

Experience New England’s spectacular fall foliage. Tuesday morning we head to Portland, Maine, where we’ll have a “hands on” class on lobster fishing. Wednesday & Thursday find us in New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains. Friday morning we return home from Boston’s Logan Airport.

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Jun 06

The Electrical Industry’s Biggest-and-Brightest Event

The Value in Attending NECA 2016 Boston

It will be the fifth time – and first since 2010 – that Boston will serve as host of NECA’s annual convention.

NECA 2016 Boston is bringing back many events from years past and adding a few new ones that will help electrical contractors stay competitive in today’s market. NECA 2016 Boston has shifted to a Friday-Monday schedule this year (not Saturday-Tuesday as in recent years) Continue Reading »
For more information and to register for NECA 2016 Boston, go to Early registration closes on Aug. 18.
We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Oct 15

Thank you!

Thank you for attending NECA 2015 San Francisco!

It was a huge success that wouldn’t have happened without you.

We had more than 6,000 convention-goers make their way to the Bay Area for the weeklong activities. From the opening reception at the world-famous Exploratorium — where conventioneers and guests enjoyed over 650 interactive exhibits ranging from mechanical contraptions to “physical phenomenon” artworks — to the closing concert given by Kenny Loggins that had attendees getting Footloose, there was plenty to do and see in San Francisco.

Highlights of NECA 2015 San Francisco included dynamic speakers such as education visionary Sal Khan who shared his global vision of learning and the creation of the Khan Academy. And, in the Closing General Session, endurance swimmer Diana Nyad talked about her historic swim from Cuba to the United States and the importance of having a dynamic team.

NECA 2015 featured 69 educational sessions addressing growth opportunities for electrical contractors, including effective leadership communication, risk management, 2014 NEC Significant Changes and NFPA 70E Updates.

The NECA Show included over 300 exhibitors presenting thousands of solutions. The Showstopper Showcase boasted 23 winners this year, including NECA premier partners Milwaukee Tools and Southwire. The first-ever Selfie Station, sponsored by Graybar, was a huge hit!

Here are a few things we heard during #NECA15:

“If you’re in the electrical business, you need to be here.”

— Chris Jensen, JM Electric

“Every year, [it] gets better and better!”

— Sonja Rheaume, Christenson Electric

“The NECA Show is a great place to learn about, and meet, the industry leaders.”

 Robert Zahn

“Best opening party venue EVER!”

— Daniel Santon

“As a first-year premier partner, I appreciate the opportunity to support NECA Contractors and identify opportunities to be successful and grow their business. We look forward to finding ways to create value here at the show and carry over the success to NECA 2016 Boston.”

— Jon Zelinsky, Philips


Save the Date for NECA 2016 Boston — Oct. 7-10, at the Boston Exposition Center

More information will be available at

See you there!

Oct 14

Endurance Swimmer Diana Nyad Speaks About Her Journey at NECA 2015


Endurance swimmer shared her insights and a firsthand account of her record-breaking swim, after four failed attempts, from Cuba to Florida during the Closing General Session at NECA 2015 San Francisco last week.

“It looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team,” she said, adding: “Never give up on your dreams.”

Nyad’s dreams from an early age involved swimming. Her Greek-Egyptian father and French mother supported her, but her focus eventually became very intense after that.

“That’s how people get ahead in life – they’re fanatics,” she said.

Words of wisdom came from a fellow teenage swimmer, who talked about this importance of discipline and focus. “It’s the moment that produces the dream, not the big picture,” she said.

Nyad implored NECA members to embrace life as if they could not have done it “a fingernail better.”

And that’s what she did from that point forward.

After failing to qualify for the Olympics, Nyad was introduced to the world of endurance swimming, which would take her around the world. The Cuba swim represented Mount Everest to Nyad.

For about three decades, Nyad focused on other ventures such as broadcasting, but she always kept her eye on Cuba. Feeling more like a spectator than a doer and having turned 60, and despite some very public failures, she set her sights on the island nation again.

Support and attention ebbed after her fourth failed attempt, but she kept telling herself to remember the importance of the power of the human spirit. That carried her until Labor 2013, when she finally reached her 110-mile goal in about 53 hours.

“It was never about the sport,” he said. “It was bigger than that.”

Before Nyad took the stage, NECA CEO John M. Grau talked about the value of NECA membership and cited the conventions as one of the benefits.

“We’re really one big family, and this is our over-the-top reunion,” he said.

He emphasized that members don’t necessarily buy things from NECA, but they belong to NEC. “Working together makes us special,” Grau said, pointing to issues such as workforce shortages and multiemployer pensions.

“We’re becoming more proactive and less reactive,” he said. “2015 is turning out to be a great year, and we are ready to take on the challenges of 2016.”

ELECTRI Council Chairman Greg Long also presented an update on the group’s research progress.

NECA later recognized several award winners after before Grau spoke, including George Adams (McGraw Award), Dennis Quebe (Comstock Award), Wilson Yancey (Coggeshall Award), David Mackay (Wendt Award), and Brian Damant (Distinguished Service Award). Federated Insurance won the Industry Partner Award.