The Electrical Alliance, the DC Chapter of NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association), and IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 26 are pleased to announce that Andy Porter, former Executive Director of the DC Chapter of NECA, was inducted into the Academy of Electrical Contracting at the 2018 NECA Convention, September 29 – October 2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Before retiring at the end of 2017, Porter served as Executive Director of the DC Chapter of NECA for thirty-six years, assisting the Electrical Alliance with their mission to employ highly skilled and trained electricians who provide the highest of quality work.
“Andy Porter has demonstrated a commitment to serve electrical contracting businesses to be more successful by fostering relationships within the industry, working hand-in-hand with organized labor, and providing education on the latest trends and technology,” said JT Thomas, current Executive Director of the DC Chapter of NECA. “His ability to successfully carry out NECA’s mission, over the course of his tenure in the industry, for the benefit of contractors and the entire electrical contracting industry in our region makes this recognition as an inductee of the Academy of Electrical Contracting a well-deserved honor.
During Porter’s leadership, the Chapter membership grew from seventeen to its present roll of sixty-six electrical contractors who do more than 70% of the union work in its jurisdiction, employing over 8,000 workers from IBEW Local Union 26 and 70. He also founded the Labor Management Cooperative Committee between NECA and the IBEW in Washington, DC, suburban Maryland, and Central and Norther Virginia regions. Porter has helped increase market share through his excellent labor relation skills and an understanding of the needs of the union signatory contractors to be competitive. One of the most significant innovations Porter has made for the electrical contracting industry is the Residential agreement, which enabled members to successfully compete in low-rise apartment, small to moderate-size commercial and light industrial projects.
Porter holds a Master’s in Business Administration with a Human Resources Specialty from Virginia Tech and a Senior Professional of Human Resource (SPHR) designation from the Society of Human Resources Management.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary celebration of the Academy of Electrical Contracting Program. To learn more about the Academy and how it honors outstanding leaders in the electrical contracting field, visit NECAnet.org for more information. For a full list of the 2018 Academy of Electrical Contracting Inductees, click here.