90th Annual Summer Conference (Aug 10-11)
by Karen Maine, President, MEA Board of Directors
Please join me at the Summer Conference next month in Breezy Point. The Electrical Association will be celebrating their 90th birthday. It is an incredible milestone to think that this organization has survived the ups and downs of the construction industry throughout 9 decades and continues to stay relevant and thriving. A lot has changed and evolved and we are excited to take a walk down memory lane as well as continue to build our future and where the industry and association plan to go from here.
Pack up the whole family and head up to Breezy on Friday afternoon for the golf tournament. We will hold challenges throughout the course with prize giveaways—followed by an evening of Rolle Bolle and a Hospitality Suite filled with MEA memorabilia.
Workforce, Government Action, Education and Membership will be meeting on Saturday morning. Committee members—keep your eyes peeled for your agendas so you can be prepared. We will be exploring membership apps, engagement scoring, on-demand training, prevailing wage initiatives and the labor shortage. We need your input and guidance to steer the organization.*
Our lunch speaker has shaped the theme for the entire conference. Holly Hoffman was on the hit reality show Survivor in 2010. The way that she overcame challenges in the wilderness is how she will inspire you as a business leader. As we reflect back on how the association has transformed over the last 90 years, Holly will motivate us to strive forward throughout the next 90. Same within your businesses. Her story is remarkable and I am looking forward to her addressing our group. See Holly's video message to MEA!
The Board meeting will round out the afternoon with a presentation from our friends and partners at Federated on “Gaining a Competitive Advantage through Bonding.” We are honored to have our Regional Marketing Manager, Pat Swetala, joining us as well as our Account Executive, Connor Odykirk. Federated has been an instrumental part of the organizational success and prosperity over the last 60 out of 90 years. We will then head to the Breezy Belle on Pelican Lake for dinner and an evening of relaxation with family, friends and colleagues. The Belle will dock so we can all watch the iconic Elvis Performance.
Sunday can be a day of travel or an extended vacation. Let’s all wish for great weather. I am looking forward to seeing you all there!
*If you are not officially on a committee and would like to be, contact Clara for details (612-827-6117).
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