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ECA May Membership Meeting - May 13, 2020

Membership Meeting was a Webinar with two guest presenters.

May 13, 2020

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its May Membership Meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 as a Webinar. The program featured industry updates, and guest presentations from Josh Bone, NECA Director, Industry Innovation and Lonnie Cumpton, NECA Director, Construction Manufacturing.

Josh Bone

For more than two decades Josh Bone has been implementing, training and presenting construction technology solutions to AEC&O (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owners) professionals. Having worked with some of the top technology leaders in the industry, Josh specializes in identifying best practices and methodologies for integrating construction technology into everyday workflows. Today he works with NECA as the Director of Industry Innovation where he is helping drive technology adoption within their member companies. Josh has had the opportunity to share his knowledge with audiences and publications across North America as a frequent professional speaker and guest editorial contributor. Josh is also a frequent host on The ConTech Crew podcast. 

Josh Bone’s Presentation Highlights

"Why it’s time to Embrace Tech in Construction":

New technology can be perceived as a threat to some construction professionals while the same technology is viewed as a new opportunity to others in our industry. Where do you stand today and how can you change your perspective to see new opportunities when they arise? In this talk Josh covered how new technologies are changing the way projects are designed and constructed presenting us with new challenges and opportunities throughout the entire building life cycle. Participants learned how you can diversify your business and transition your company from a commodity to a consultant.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify new opportunities that are arising from new technologies in the construction industry.
  2. Discuss the difference in how individuals perceive change.
  3. Explore new methods of challenging ourselves to embrace change.
  4. Understand how all the rapid change that is occurring in construction is impacting us in our own roles.

Lonnie Cumpton

Over the past 28+ years Lonnie Cumpton has been innovating in the building design and construction industry by following an integration method of people, process and then technology. Currently Mr. Cumpton is the Director of Construction Manufacturing at NECA ( National Electrical Contractors Association). Prior to his February 10, 2020 start date at NECA, Cumpton worked as the Virtual Construction Technology Manager for Faith Technologies at its corporate headquarters in Menasha, Wisconsin. He also served as Director of BIM Technologies at Taylor Design in Irvine, California. He has been featured in publications such as Architectural Evangelist, CIO Review, AUGIWorld and Design Intelligence and in public speaking engagements at Autodesk University, Revit Technology Conference, Bluebeam Extreme, CONTECH Roadshows and The CONTECH Crew podcast.

Lonnie Cumpton's Presentation Highlights

Positioning your business for Off-Site Construction:

Electrical Contractors of all sizes and in all regions are being impacted by the skilled labor shortage found throughout the construction industry. When you compare the predictions of population growth and it’s required needs for all types of buildings, against the growth numbers for skilled labor, it is actually scary. In this session Lonnie asked and discussed the question, "Is your business positioned to take advantage of the benefits of off-site construction?"

Learning Objectives:

  • Define Off-Site Construction, Pre-Fab and Construction Manufacturing.
  • Identify the off-site construction trends and how your company can incorporate them.
  • Explore the topic of Buy vs. Build

If you missed this event, and would like a copy of the webinar, please email Carrie Spaeth: [email protected]


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