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Phil Matthews

O'Connell Electric

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During this session you will unlock the potential of effective leadership, designed to provide strategic insights to maximize productivity within resource constraints, overcome scheduling obstacles and navigate complex contract negotiations. Explore proven methodologies shared by an expert panel that enable contractors to optimize project outcomes, enhance profitability and mitigate risks within the fiercely competitive landscape of electrical construction.


 Phil has more than 22 years of experience in the electrical industry and completed five years of apprenticeship training through IBEW Local 86. Before Phil joined the electrical trades, he served for several years in the United States Navy.

Phil gained extensive experience performing electrical work in the natural gas industry working as a General Foreman before becoming a lead Project Manager for many of the company’s gas industry projects. Phil also has extensive experience in bridge and movable structure design build projects with a focus on control work.

Phil is a graduate of the NECA Innovation Institute, a one-year professional training program designed for executive-level thinking and leadership. In 2023, Phil was promoted to Director of Construction Services at O’Connell Electric, where he leads development and execution for the department’s long-term strategy to continue enhancing O’Connell Electric’s design and fabrication services. Phil has always embraced innovation to improve project safety, efficiency, and quality, and was one of the first at O’Connell Electric to execute offsite prefabrication.

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