NECA Convention Features Rinaudo, Tarbell, Monsegur and Dorenbos

Four mavericks will address the 2018 National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Convention & Trade Show, Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

On Sunday, Sept. 30 from 10:15 a.m. “ 11:30 a.m., Zipline founder/robotics entrepreneur Keller Rinaudo, whose drones deliver life-saving medical supplies to remote corners of the world, opens the convention.

On Monday, Oct. 1 from 10:15 a.m. “ 11:30 a.m., two leading global cybersecurity experts address the general sessionformer FBI Special Agent Christopher Tarbell, who infiltrated and defeated the dark web drug trafficking site, Silk Road and his former adversary, Hector Monsegur (a.k.a. Sabu).

Former Philadelphia Eagle and NFL Magic Man Jon Dorenbos closes the convention on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 1:15 p.m. “ 2:30 p.m., sharing his magic after an aortic aneurysm ended his football career.

On Sunday Sept. 30 from 11:30 a.m. “ 12:15 p.m., NECA runs its first Town Hall meeting to help battle the industrys critical skilled workforce crisis affecting all construction trades. Speakers include NECA President David Long, IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson and NECA CEO John Grau.


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Our apprentices trade college debt for well-paying, rewarding careers in a $160 billion industry, said NECA President David Long, president, Miller Electric Co., Jacksonville, Florida, who started his career as a construction wireman.

As skilled trades attract more millennials to sustainable careers without the college debt, paid five-year electrician apprenticeships offer steady jobs upon completion with health care insurance. The industry is encouraging more women to become apprentices, supported by the Women in NECA Roundtable meeting on Monday, Oct. 1 from 2:00 p.m. “ 4:00 p.m.

The Town Hall runs during NECAs Apprentice Appreciation Day, sponsored by the NECA Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter with the Philadelphia regions premier Local Joint Apprentice and Training Committees (JATC).

The free trade show features approximately 300 exhibitors including a new Lighting and Controls theater and a TECHTOPIA Pavilion featuring the latest disruptive technology.

NECA 2018 is open to all electrical professionals, including nonmembers. Free trade show admission at Attendee Registration, enter the special code NECA18.

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), is the voice of the $160 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. (301)215-4506 / / Twitter @necanet.