by Clara DeRosier

I am thrilled to have been selected to work for you all in continuing to build a strong and safe Electrical Industry. This past winter conference was exceptionally amazing. Past MEA presidents, friends from regulatory agencies, long-time MEA sponsors and supporters along with many who have had the pleasure of working with Judi professionally and getting to know her personally showed up at the celebratory dinner to say “Thank You” and “Farewell” to their fearless leader from the past 23 years.
The heartfelt night was surrounded by some good old-fashioned business as well! The MEA committees that met had robust conversations that led to great action items and takeaways that we at the MEA office are excited to implement. Federated Insurance gave a very informative afternoon presentation about succession planning for business, family and potential buyers as well as maximizing the sale of your business. Stay tuned to MEA’s webinar library to view a follow up webinar from Doug Wolgamot and Ryan Tansom on these topics. Clayton Schenk’s nomination for the position of secretary of the Board of Directors was announced and will be voted on at the annual meeting in the spring. Minutes, financials and budgets were all reviewed and approved.

A huge Thank You to our wonderful sponsors of the winter conference: Seaton Peters Revnew, Crescent Electric Supply, Center for Energy and Environment and Werner Electric Supply. Support the companies that support your business. AND a special thank you to our continued conference sponsor – Federated Insurance – who has now been partnering with MEA for 60 years with a total support of over 2 million dollars.

Please mark your calendars and save the date for the Annual Spring Business meeting (April 27–29) at the Hilton in Bloomington. We will be sending out agendas and registration forms shortly. It is my pleasure, along with the entire MEA staff, to continue to work for you.

As you look forward to 2017, we wish you Happy Holidays and a Successful New Year.