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The NECA Innovation Overload Podcast helps contractors make sense of industry tools and decide what is right for their business. Each week, the NECA Innovation Team and a weekly guest discuss and tackle problems contractors across the country are facing.
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#22 - Tom Adamson

#22 - Tom Adamson

2021-06-0932:19

“It wasn’t until we created a process, made it better, made it better, and made it better with the input from the field.” Tom Adamson, Vice President of Custom Electric, Manchester, Conn., shares his experience with forming a prefab department and the lessons learned along the way. Listen to his journey in the electrical industry and the importance that communication has on running a company efficiently.
#21 - Stephen Duhon

#21 - Stephen Duhon

2021-06-0227:39

“Innovation can exist in a lot of different formats, but in my world, it’s taking great ideas and making them useful for every home, every company, and every life.” Stephen Duhon, MRO Key Accounts for 3M, Austin, Texas, shares his perspective on the importance of leveraging data and technology to prospect and reach more people. Listen to his take on how to increase your network with a captive audience by improving your personal and company brand. 
#20 - Brian Morales

#20 - Brian Morales

2021-05-2640:35

“When I have an idea about something and someone comes from a different background that has a different way of thinking of it, that only creates value.” Brian Morales, CEO of ProCal Lighting, Vista, Calif., shares his journey as a minority small business owner and the importance he places on company culture. Listen to how ProCal Lighting innovates when developing and implementing cost-effective solutions as an application specialist.
#19 - Sean McCarthy

#19 - Sean McCarthy

2021-05-1932:22

“Innovation to me is not a technology. It’s not a piece of equipment that you can buy. It’s free.” Sean McCarthy, Estimator for Regent Electric, Toledo, Ohio, shares how he innovates for “free” and the value that Regent Electric puts into their company culture. Listen to his perspective on the practical applications of innovative ideas and how he leverages outside influences to formulate processes in a different way. 
#18 - Veronica Rose

#18 - Veronica Rose

2021-05-1236:24

“Innovation means the opportunity to take off every limit that the world and your mind has placed on you.” Veronica Rose, President of Aurora Electric, Jamaica, NY, shares how she maximizes Aurora Electric’s opportunities through innovative solutions and workplace place culture. Listen to how she faced adversity on her journey as she went from an apprentice to a business owner in the electrical contracting industry.
#17 - Rodney Schultz

#17 - Rodney Schultz

2021-05-0534:33

“Be open to the innovations out there in order to accelerate the deliverables to your customer.” Rodney Schultz, President of A&A Electric Services, Tampa, Fla., shares his rich history in the electrical contracting industry and how A&A Electric approaches training within the company. Listen to his perspective on process improvement through lean production and discuss the concept of the Kaizen method.
#16 - Philip Santoro

#16 - Philip Santoro

2021-04-2834:09

“Innovation means embracing change, exploring your creativeness and striving for improvement.” Phil Santoro, Electrical Contractor Segment Manager for Schneider Electric, Nashville, Tennessee, shares his perspective on IoT trends and the importance of training to monitor facility systems. Listen to how Schnieder Electric supports our contractors through their online contractor portal, which has dedicated information for training, case studies and industry updates. 
#15 - Ed Witt Jr.

#15 - Ed Witt Jr.

2021-04-2137:35

“As technical as our business can get it’s all about dealing with people, leading people and engaging with people.” Ed Witt Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Construction Officer for Miller Electric, Jacksonville, Fla., shares his experience as a safety coordinator and the importance of standardization around documentation in the industry. Listen to his perspective on how important the roles of awareness and tools are for creating a sustainable recruitment pipeline. 
" You should really think about how you can leverage technology in your business.” Kris Lengieza, Senior Director of Global Partnerships & Alliances at Procore in Carpinteria, Calif., shares his perspective on the importance of key performance indicators and how data can inform contractors on the health of projects. The discussion  also touches on dashboard analytics and the value for cross-platform integrations. Learn more about the resources and free educational opportunities that Procore has to offer. 
#13 - Todd Reed

#13 - Todd Reed

2021-04-0740:06

“Transparency, be willing to collaborate, and work together with your partners up and down the chain earlier in the process.” Todd Reed, National Construction Market Manager at Graybar in Clayton, Missouri, shares his perspective on supply chain optimization and some key steps you can take to improve your operations. Listen to how Graybar uses data to help improve catered contractor experiences and determine where the needs are to help streamline processes within the industry.
#12 - Angela Hart

#12 - Angela Hart

2021-03-3136:28

“We are constantly emulating and reiterating our core values, which generates our culture.” Angie Hart, VP of Operations of Rosendin, San Jose, Calif., shares her experiences with recruitment and training programs in the trades with a focus on company culture and catered intern experiences. Listen to her journey from start to present and her passion for this industry, as well as how she stays involved by volunteering and giving back.
#11 - Corey Dickert

#11 - Corey Dickert

2021-03-2435:24

“Innovation is more of an aspiration and a compass that you set out there to guide your actions.” Corey Dickert, Senior VP of Product Management and Construction Technology at Milwaukee Tool, shares his perspectives on the role that data mining, IoT, and predictive analytics play in the construction industry, especially in terms of asset management. Listen to the benefits of Milwaukee’s ONE-KEY system and the effectiveness of a strategic research and development group.
#10 - Todd Grossweiler

#10 - Todd Grossweiler

2021-03-1743:42

“You’ve got to innovate through your people and find the right champions at all levels.” Todd Grossweiler, Executive Vice President of Allison Smith Company in Smyrna, Georgia, shares how buy-in from your team and incorporating prefabrication processes go hand in hand. Listen to his experience on evolving and scaling offsite construction while overcoming hurdles. 
#9 Nick Rol

#9 Nick Rol

2021-03-1031:38

“You have got to be able to change within this industry because change will happen, and it’s fast.” Nick Rol, Project Manager, Electrical Construction, at Thompson Electrical Construction, Sioux City, Iowa, shares how important transparency is from top to bottom when it comes to communication. Listen to his perspective on innovating through technology solutions to help combat the overload that all contractors face.  
#8 - Adam Davis

#8 - Adam Davis

2021-03-0353:29

“Every VDC professional out there experiences the crunch behind the design deliverable and the field needing the VDC output.” Adam Davis, Virtual Design Construction Manager of Lighthouse Electric, Canonsburg, PA speaks about the importance of proactive project coordination, establishing strong VDC goals, and the concept of evaluating a project through Labor by Volume. 
#7 - Sonja Rheaume

#7 - Sonja Rheaume

2021-02-2435:55

“Peer groups allow us to work together as a team to solve bigger issues and improve the overall industry.” Sonja Rheaume, President of Christenson Electric, Portland, Oregon shares her perspective on peer groups and how impactful they have proven to be while being an industry leader. Listen to her experience with ELECTRI International and how the research has been an important resource for her and her company. 
#6 - Rilo Stephens

#6 - Rilo Stephens

2021-02-1737:36

“Trusting the leads that you have in place.” Rilo Stephens, President of Eckardt Group, Atlanta, shares his experience of overcoming challenges within the industry and how support from management can make an important difference in operations. Listen to his perspective on the tools of success and keys to market share growth.
#5 - Jared Christman

#5 - Jared Christman

2021-02-1042:00

“It’s only a failure if you don’t learn from it. If you learn from it, it’s a lesson.” Jared Christman, VDC Manager of Big State Electric, San Antonio, Texas, shares his perspective on the digital transformation of building information modeling (BIM) and how impactful it has been on efficiency. Listen to his BIM philosophy and how he has overcome challenges within his field.
#4 - Greg Padalecki

#4 - Greg Padalecki

2021-02-0338:57

“If you’re not willing to step out of the comfort zone, that’s when irrelevancy comes in.” Greg Padalecki, President & CEO of Alterman, San Antonio, Texas, shares his experience running a large company and his keys of success on managing employees and dealing with challenging situations. Listen to insights on how to keep learning and giving back as an electrical contractor. 
#3 - Duane Hendricks

#3 - Duane Hendricks

2021-01-2735:30

“By nature, people resist change, but the most important thing is if you can help them understand the why.” Duane Hendricks, President & CEO of Egan, Minnesota, shares his experience as an effective leader and how he has adapted to change. Listen to his perspective on the change of values that the current workforce seeks, with culture being at the top. 
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