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Call for Proposals for NECA’s 2019 Annual Convention | September 14-17 | Las Vegas, NV

National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

Each year the NECA Annual Convention provides members with the tools needed to keep their companies on top with cutting-edge educational programs. We are seeking proposals on a wide-range of topics in the electrical contracting industry by February 20, 2019. now extended until February 27, 2019.

Topics and content should be appropriate for the duration of the presentation and NECA is looking for a mix of introductions to broad topics and in-depth discussions with a narrow focus. All presentations should focus on key issues in the industry, engage participants, feature audio visual elements, and provide participants with a measurable takeaway from the program. Participants should walk away from each course with a new skill or knowledge that they can use to move their company forward. Sessions that are solely designed to queue up a product, service, or another educational course will not be permitted.

Format and Presentation Types
To engage a large number of participants at varying levels of their career, there are different formats to our educational session at the 2019 NECA Annual Convention and Trade Show. You must select only one presentation type for each submission.

Convention Education Sessions
Focusing on hot topics and key issues in the electrical construction industry, these presentations will cover a broad range of topics from communications to labor relations to safety. All presentations will be held within a two-hour block on the mornings of September 15-17 and will either be presented as a 50-minute presentation that is immediately repeated or as a one-time 110-minute presentation.

New for 2019: We'll be expanding our Convention Education program onto the NECA Show floorA special run of Leadership Workshops, for individuals at all levels of the electrical construction industry, will be held every day during Show hours. 

Technical Workshops
Providing the latest technologies and service enhancements, exhibitors at the NECA Show are eligible to present workshops on the Show floor. With thousands of potential attendees, these workshops help attendees grow their businesses, improve productivity and innovate for tomorrow. All presentations will be held during Show hours on September 15-17 and will be 50-minute presentations. 

New for 2019: We'll be adding workshops focusing on Technology Systems Integration on the Show floor! Buildings now require more infrastructure solutions and fully-integrated platforms to maximize efficiency and this exciting new series will help contractors get into and grow their business in this market. We will consider both presentations and hands-on demonstrations. 

Proposal Areas
We are interested in receiving proposals on the below areas:

Convention Education Session and Leadership Workshop Proposal Areas

  • Business Management
    • Business development best practices
    • Construction law
    • Contract term negotiations
    • Financial planning and accounting
    • Strategic planning for your business
    • Succession planning
  • Labor Relations
    • CIR preparation
    • Crisis communications
    • Drug/alcohol policies and testing
    • Impacts of workforce shortage on safety
    • Partnering
    • Psychology of negotiations
    • Recruiting new talent to the industry
    • Workforce shortage
  • Communication
    • Conflict management
    • Communication best practices
    • Progressive discipline
    • Time management
    • Understanding personality differences in the workplace
  • Project Management
    • Construction scheduling
    • Delays
    • Documentation
    • Installation planning
    • Material/supply chain management
    • Productivity
    • Risk identification and mitigation
  • Standards and Safety
    • Energized work training
    • Managing workplace safety
    • Safety management systems
    • Suicide prevention
    • Technology for safety-related work practices
  • Technology, Process, and Innovation
    • Building information modeling best practices
    • Business processes for prefabrication
    • Emerging markets
    • Lean Construction
    • Smart highway technology and innovation
    • Use of technology in the field
  • Leadership
    • Characteristics of a great leader
    • Delegation
    • Developing company leaders in different levels of the company
    • Developing foremen
    • Mentoring
    • Servant leadership

Technical Workshop and Technology Systems Integration Session Proposal Areas

  • Technical Workshops
    • Building information modeling
    • Building automation controls  
    • Data centers
    • Driverless technology
    • Energy efficiency
    • Energy storage
    • Ergonomics
    • Labor savings and efficiency
    • Motors and controls
    • Outside line best practices
    • Power quality and distribution
    • Prefabrication
    • Remote power delivery
    • Renewable energy
    • Security
    • Silica
    • Technology and Software
    • Uninterrupted power source (UPS)
    • Vehicle and fleet management
    • Workforce shortage
  • Technology Systems Integration Workshops
    • 5G
    • Best practices for technology systems integration contractors
    • Cabling and networking
    • Controls
    • Fire alarms
    • Data centers
    • Fiber optic systems
    • IT technology (IoT)
    • LED Lighting
    • Lighting controls
    • Managed service providers (MSP)
    • Power over ethernet (PoE)
    • Security systems, CCTV and access control
    • Sound and video
    • State of the technology systems integration market
    • Wired communication systems
    • Wireless communication systems

Call for Presentation Submission Criteria
All submissions must include:

  • A description of the proposed presentation.
  • The proposed duration.
  • Clear, concise learning objectives that are measurable and realistic in length for the session. These statements must reflect what the attendees will achieve through their participation.
  • Name, contact information, and a short biography for each speaker.
  • Any AV or setup requirements for the session.

Expectations and Compensation

  • Presenters must meet all deadlines, including those for submitting presentation materials, AV requirements, and booking travel.
  • The NECA Convention PowerPoint template and branding must be used.
  • Convention presenters must provide NECA with an editable version of their presentation and any handouts in advance of the Convention for approval.
  • PDFs of all materials will be posted to the NECA Convention website for attendee’s use, no hard copy handouts will be provided.
  • Sessions may be recorded and provided to members or vended at a later date.
  • Convention Education and Leadership Workshop Presenters will be provided one round-trip coach airfare from their local airport to Las Vegas, NV, one night’s hotel stay, and will receive access to the NECA Show and lunch on the show floor on the day of their presentation. No additional compensation will be provided.
  • Technical Workshop and Technology Systems Integration Session speakers will be provided no reimbursement for travel or honorarium. In the event the speaker is not employeed by the exhibiting company, access to the NECA Show will be provided. 
  • Presenters must provide their own laptop computer for use during their presentation.

Important Dates
February 27, 2019 - Responses to Call for Proposals due
March 29, 2019 - Speakers notified of selection
June 20, 2019 - Presentations due for review and approval
September 14-17, 2019 - NECA Convention in Las Vegas

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