Jonathan Bruce

Jonathan Bruce brings 30 years of corporate, project, construction management and development experience to Bruce & Merrilees. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Bruce is in charge of all day-to-day operations of the company. He makes sure that all project teams are adequately supported to maximize resource efforts and profitability.

Joseph Kellams

Joe Kellams serves as the President & CEO of United Electric Company and holds the role of COO at UEC Holdings, both based in Louisville, KY. United Electric stands out as a prominent industrial, commercial, and power distribution company, operating across Kentucky and Ohio. The company boasts a strong portfolio of clientele, including industry giants like Ford, LG&E, Lubrizol, Chevron, and General Electric.

Eddie O’Halloran

Mr. O’Halloran joined Miller Electric Company in 2001 as an Estimator/Project Manager and has over 38 years of experience within the electrical contracting industry. He holds a Master Electrician’s License in Florida and Georgia and has completed extensive continued education involving Estimating, Cost Management, Scheduling, Labor Relations, and Executive Leadership courses at the Davis College of Business.

Roy Cohen

Roy founded Cohen Seglias in 1988 and has overseen its growth from a three-attorney construction firm to a firm with almost 90 attorneys offering a wide range of legal services. Serving as the firm’s President and chair of the Construction Group, he has a nationwide construction practice and, with his partners, counsels more than 1300 clients in the industry, including construction managers, general contractors, municipal authorities, private developers, major trade contractors, architects, engineers, and sureties.

How Battery Plants & EV Charging Stations are Changing the Landscape for Electrical Contractors

This panel consists of three (3) NECA contractors who are extensively involved in the development of EV charging stations and battery plants nationwide. They will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of constructing battery plants and developing EV charging stations and how these “mega projects” make it challenging for smaller contractors to perform the work they are obtaining on time and on budget.ill discuss how these “mega projects” make it challenging for smaller contractors to perform the work they are obtaining on time and on budget.

Jason Thurner

Jason focuses on empowering and revolutionizing the electrical industry by collaborating with industry partners to adopt best practices and new technology that tackles the problems, challenges, and threats facing the electrical industry today. With over 20 years of construction experience, Jason most recently focused on research, design, and engineering of heavy-duty construction equipment and building strategic business plans to apply disruptive innovation to the construction industry. He is passionate about leveraging innovation to support the development and success of the construction workforce.

Ronald Bailey

Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey is a national leader who joined NECA as Vice President, Industry Development, in 2020. At NECA, he is working on creating executive training programs, expanding the scope of workforce development, implementing diversity strategies, creating partnerships with institutions of higher learning, and leading the charge on recruitment programs that bring new, skilled workers into the industry. This includes a focus on recruiting ex-military personnel to NECA member companies and various Chapter positions.

NECA’s Leadership Journey

To become the best possible electrical contractor, NECA members must continuously learn, adapt and grow. NECA has created a suite of programs that provides individuals at NECA member firms with an opportunity to innovate, refine and expand their knowledge. This session will discuss NECA’s leadership transformation programs and how NECA members can take advantage of them for the future.

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas

Clinical psychologist, inspirational speaker, podcaster, and impact entrepreneur, Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas began her innovative work in suicide prevention after her brother died of suicide. Known as an innovator in social change, Spencer-Thomas has helped start multiple large-scale, gap-filling efforts in mental health, including “Construction Working Minds”, the award-winning Man Therapy campaign and work as lead author of the National Guidelines for Workplace Suicide Prevention. She currently serves as the president of United Suicide Survivors International. Dr. Sally has a TEDx talk, gave an invited speech at the White House and was honored with the ENR Newsmaker of the Year distinction for her efforts in construction.