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Stowe, Vermont • June 11 to 13, 2015

Stowe Mountain Lodge 

New Academy Chairman Dennis Quebe invites you to consider a visit to Stowe, VT this summer. This section of the Academy website will help you with three things you need to do:

  1. Register for the meeting
  2. Select some optional activities (tours, golf, etc.)
  3. Reserve your hotel room

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The following will provide you with an overview of the Academy 2015 plan. Click on the links below for further information:

What about Stowe?

No matter what you like to do, Stowe is a fabulous summer destination.

While Stowe is well-known as the winter sports capital of the East, summer is the most popular time to visit! Perhaps it's the pristine location, the classic beauty, or the history. Or maybe it's the fact that one cultivates a sense of contentment throughout every season at Stowe. Summer in Stowe is a time to enjoy all that Vermont has to offer, from fabulous Green Mountain views along the world-famous Recreation Path to great shopping and dining. Stowe Mountain Lodge is located at the base of Mount Mansfield. Stowe is a unique New England town in Vermont that reaffirms its place as a renowned four-season destination for discerning world travelers.

Stowe is
conveniently located near the largest markets in the East. It is a short 3-hour drive from Boston, and only 45-minutes from Burlington International Airport-hosting non-stop flights from New York City, Washington DC, Montreal, Chicago and many other destinations.

For over a century Stowe has attracted visitors, who have cherished the beauty of the area's covered bridges, sparkling lakes, rambling woodlands and majestic peaks. Stowe Mountain Lodge opened in June 2008 and set a new standard of luxury and aesthetics for the
East Coast's most magnificent resort. Stowe Mountain Lodge offers a truly luxurious setting, while still paying respect to the Vermont traditions of utilizing local artisan products and embracing the tranquility of nature.

If you’re not that familiar with Vermont, here’s a list of
Ten Things Made in Vermont: Wood Furniture, Maple Syrup, Ben & Jerry’s (ice cream), Cheese, Darn Tough (socks), Vermont Flannel Company, King Arthur Flour, Vermont Teddy Bear, Simon Pearce (glassblowing), and Hubbardton Forge (lighting).

Schedule of Events:

See the tentative schedule of events

About Our Speaker: Jack Devine

(Author of the June 2014 book: Good Hunting! A Spymaster’s Story "A sophisticated, deeply informed account of real life in the real CIA that adds immeasurably to the public understanding of the espionage culture—the good and the bad." —Bob Woodward)

Jack Devine ran “Charlie Wilson’s War” in Afghanistan. It was the largest covert action of the Cold War, and it was Devine who put the brand-new Stinger missile into the hands of the mujahideen during their war with the Soviets, paving the way to a decisive victory against the Russians. He also pushed the CIA’s effort to run down the narcotics trafficker Pablo Escobar in Colombia. He was in Chile when Allende fell, and he had too much to do with Iran-Contra for his own taste, though he tried to stop it. And he tangled with Rick Ames, the KGB spy inside the CIA, and hunted Robert Hanssen, the mole in the FBI.

If you saw Charlie Wilson’s War (with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in 2007) or are a regular viewer of Homeland on Showtime, you should find Jack Devine’s remarks very interesting! Click here for a 3-minute video about Jack Devine’s “take“ on the portrayal of the CIA in the Homeland series.

Thursday Evening: Opening Reception & Dinner

Spruce Camp Great Room

The customary informal reception and dinner on Thursday, June 11 will open the meeting. The Spruce Camp Great Room is just steps away from the resort. This venue is the “ski lodge” during ski season and it offers breathtaking mountain vistas thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. Reconnect with your old friends and welcome the newest Academy Fellows as you enjoy a Welcome to Vermont.

Vermont is a very unique state and we will feature the culture of the Green Mountain State! Sample a very local brew (Heady Topper is rated the number one beer in the world by Beer Advocate); learn about locally made cheeses; or remind yourself how really special Ben & Jerry’s is. Of course, we’ll have more than beer, cheese and ice cream ~ but that’s a good start! Bluegrass music will add to the atmosphere.

We will also be updating “couples” photos for the Academy Directory during the evening.

Friday Evening: Academy Reception & Dinner on Your Own

Stowe Area

Following the morning meetings and afternoon tours & golf, we will gather for a reception in the early evening, and then you and some friends will have the opportunity to select a venue to your liking and enjoy one of the many fabulous dining options that the Stowe area has to offer.

To learn about what culinary experiences are available, please Click Here for a list of options!

This is a busy time in Stowe so advance dinner reservations are suggested! If you want to identify your group and make a reservation in advance, our partners at Precision Meetings & Events can act as your dining concierge. To make advanced reservations please call Courtney Peck with Precision Meetings & Events at 703-739-4480. The Precision staff will also be available on Thursday afternoon during registration to assist you with any last-minute reservations. Courtney can help you with questions you might have.

Saturday Evening: Black Tie Formal Reception & Dinner

Tamarack Ballroom

To cap off our fun, we will have our customary Formal Black Tie Reception and Dinner on Saturday night. We will begin on the Terrace (at the Lodge) and move into the Tamarack Ballroom for dinner. Here you will enjoy locally inspired cuisine beneath scattered stars and moonlight lanterns and fresh country flowers with more views of Mt. Mansfield.

Our theme will be Moon Over Vermont and will be created by Jim Salestrom. If you were with us at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs in 2010, you may recall the acclaimed John Denver show (and dancing that followed). Jim has added his special guest Livingston Taylor (brother of James Taylor) a renowned musician on his own.

Working Group: Energy Storage and Microgrids - What will the next NEC ® Require

The growth of energy storage due to distributed and renewable power generation has resulted in changes to the code. This session will preview the new sections and changes to the 2017 National Electrical Code and the impact they will have on electrical installations.

Fellow Larry Cogburn (‘08) will serve as the Working Group Chairman. Larry represents NECA in the National Electric Code development process as the Chair of Code Panel 8 and as an alternate on Code Panel 4.

Speaker: Jeff Sargent - NFPA

Sargent is a licensed master electrician and has been a member of NFPA’s electrical engineering department since 1997. During his tenure, he was managing editor of the 2011 National Electrical Code®, served as the executive secretary to the NFPA Electrical Section, and sat on numerous technical committee boards. He is co-author of the Electrical Inspection Manual with Checklists and NEC Q & A, and is a frequent contributor to necplus ®, NFPA’s on-line NEC product and NFPA Journal ®.

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Spouse/Guest Breakfast and Program

Friday, June 12

ShackletonThomas is a Vermont based company located in a 180-year-old mill that specializes in making fine handmade furniture, pottery and accessories. The owners are husband and wife, Charles Shackleton and Miranda Thomas. Charles and Miranda will tell their story about bringing their passion of the crafts they learned in Europe to Vermont.

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They believe in the sole use their hands to make pottery and furniture in the most environmentally friendly way possible. They will share stories from their amazing Naked Table Project that they began in 2008. 

The goal is to instill in people the value of participating a community’s connection to its local environment. 

Learn more at

Travel: Getting to Stowe

Getting to Stowe:

Burlington International Airport (BTV) is 40 miles and 53 minutes from the Stowe Mountain Lodge (about half of the trip is on I-89).

  • Flights from:
    • Atlanta (ATL) via Delta
    • Chicago (ORD) via United
    • Cleveland (CLE) via United
    • Detroit (DTW) via Delta
    • Newark (EWR) via United
    • New York (JFK) via JetBlue
    • New York (LGA) via Delta
    • Orlando (SFB) via Allegiant Air
    • Philadelphia (PHL) via US Airways
    • Toronto City (YTZ)* via Porter
    • Washington DC (IAD) via United
    • Washington DC (DCA) via US Airways
  • Boston is 208 miles (estimated 3.5 hours depending upon time of day and traffic)
  • Manchester, NH Airport is 161 miles and 2.6 hours
  • Albany, NY is 183 miles and 3.5 hours
  • Transfer Options to Stowe Mountain Lodge:
    If you do not plan on renting a car, you can make advance reservations by calling Vermont Chauffeured Transportation for your airport transfers from Burlington International Airport (BTV) to the Lodge. The one way airport transfer prices below are inclusive of tax and gratuity.

       - 1 person: $132 
       - 2 people: $72 per person
       - 3 people: $54 per person
       - 4 people: $42 per person
       - 5 people: $36 per person
       - 6 to 14 people: $30 per person

    A professional greeter can be arranged to you as you arrive to the security area and escort you to your drivers. The driver will collect luggage and proceed to transfer you to Stowe Mountain Lodge. Drivers will need the names of passengers prior to pick-up, along with airline information, arrival time and flight number. Vermont Chauffeured Transportation tracks your airline the day of to be prepared for any early/late flights. Drivers must be informed as soon as possible if a there are any cancellations in plans; there is a 24 hour cancellation notice required. 

    To arrange for transportation, please call 1-800-388-0159. A credit card is needed to hold the reservation. Please reference NECA when making your reservation.

Hotel Information:

Accommodations at Stowe Mountain Lodge

Stowe Mountain Lodge opened in June 2008 and set a new standard of luxury and aesthetics for the East Coast’s most magnificent setting, while still paying respect to the Vermont traditions of utilizing local artisan products and embracing the tranquility of nature. Conde Nast Traveler rates the Lodge as the “#5 Top Resort in the United States” and Meetings East calls it the “Best of the East”.

The six-story, 300-room luxury New England resort draws on the architectural tradition of turn-of-the-century summer camps created by the great families of New England. Each room has been custom-designed as a respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, with warm tones, plush furnishings and soothing amenities. All rooms are framed by oversized windows and outdoor balconies, allowing guests to take full advantage of the remarkable mountain landscape of Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak.

Information about the Stowe Mountain Lodge can be seen at .

Academy Fellows have two housing options available (with 10% tax additional):

  • Classic Rooms at $229 per night: 450 square feet, includes King- or double sized-beds, LCD flat-screen TV, and complimentary wireless internet access.
  • Studio Rooms at $259 per night: 515 square feet, includes all of the above with a King-size bed; plus private outdoor terrace, with sleep sofa, kitchenette with stovetop, microwave, dishwasher, etc. and separate relaxation tub.
  • There are 3 types of Studio Rooms, as follows:
    • Timberline: views of pool or Spruce Peak
    • Ridgeline: expansive mountain views
    • Alpine: located on the highest floor
  • Room rates are guaranteed from June 6 to June 17 (based upon availability).

We have negotiated a waiver of the $15 per day “lodge fee”. As a result, Academy guests will receive at no additional charge, the following:

  • Nightly turn-down service (upon request)
  • In-room Vermont Artisan Coffee
  • Daily newspapers available at the front desk each morning
  • Access to fitness center and outdoor heated pool & hot tubs
  • Golf & bike valet service
  • Concierge service to assist with equipment rentals, guide services, transportation and restaurant reservations
  • Two-hour use of a Mercedes Benz (based upon availability)
  • 24-hour access of the Business Center

Despite our best efforts, however, we were NOT able to negotiate the elimination of the overnight valet parking fee. However, we were able to freeze it at last years’ rate ($21 per night). The website indicates the fee is $22 per night, but you will only be charged $21 per night. Understand, there is NO other resort parking, so if you’re planning to drive to Stowe (or rent a car at the airport), be aware of the $21 fee for valet parking!

There are two options for making your hotel reservation:

  • By phone at 1-888-478-6938. Be sure to mention NECA2015
  • Online by clicking on this link: NECA Executive Committee and Academy 2015
  • NECA2015 should appear in the “Group Code” box which should get you our guaranteed rates.

Check in times are 4:00 pm; check out is by 11:00 am.

*Be sure to mention NECA and/or the Academy of Electrical Contracting to receive the Academy room rate.

Optional Activities: Tours & Golf

The Academy is pleased to offer exclusive optional activities for Fellows and their guests, as follows:


Stowe is a premier golf destination with two courses available to Lodge guests. The 36 incredibly manicured holes cater to all levels of ability.

Academy StoweGolfOn Friday, June 12 we have reserved tee times at the Stowe Mountain Golf Club, a course that reaches heights of 1,800 feet with views to match. This wilderness course winds around a sparkling lake, babbling brooks and hardwood forests. It is nestled between the majestic Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Come play the course that was selected by Golf Magazine in 2008 as one of the “Top 10 New Courses You Can Play!” This is the more challenging of the two courses!

  • Golf Fees: $245.00 (includes box lunch)
  • Club Rentals: $55.00
  • Tee times begin at 12:15pm. The course is a 5 minute walk from Stowe Mountain Lodge Lobby entrance.
  • On Saturday, June 13 we have reserved tee times at the Stowe Country Club. This course, steeped in history on a former turn-of-the-century dairy farm in the village of Stowe, offers 18 holes on 6,200 yards (69.3/117 from the blue tees) or 5,800 yards (67.5/114 from the white tees) to challenge any golfer. This is a traditional valley course with a beautiful setting. It is a better alternative for beginner/intermediate golfers.

  • Golf Fees: $175.00 (includes box lunch)
  • Club Rentals: $55.00
  • Transportation will be provided from the Lodge to the Country Club. It is a 5 minute transfer and buses will depart at 11:30 am for a 12:30pm shot-gun start.

    Tour Opportunities:

    Taste of Vermont Tour:

    Friday, June 12

    Academy BnJThe Taste of Vermont is a four hour Academy guided bus tour that will visit several points of interest in the Stowe area including the following:

  • Ben & Jerry’s factory tour - did you know that Ben & Jerry’s has a (tongue in cheek) graveyard of ice cream flavors that just didn’t make it
  • Cold Hollow Cider Mill - offering locally made apple cider and cider donuts
  • Cabot Cheese Annex where you can sample the best cheddar cheese
  • Lake Champlain Chocolates
  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters visitor center
  • We will also ride through Stowe and you will hear tales of the historic village.
  • Price: $125.00 per person
    Price includes guided bus tour and box lunch.

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    Bike the Stowe Rec Path:

    Saturday, June 13 from 1:30 until 4:30pm

    Enjoy a relaxing ride on a comfortable cruiser as you explore the award winning Stowe Recreation Path. This 5.2 mile, fairly flat trail meanders along the West Branch River to the village of Stowe and all that it has to offer as the destination. Take a leisure tour of the town exploring the local shops and even enjoy a drink on your own at one of the many area restaurants.


    Price includes bus transportation, bike rental and bottled water.

    We will provide return busing so you may return to the Lodge sooner (or later).

    Optional Post Meeting Tour:

    Academy SimonPierceSimon Pearce Glass Blowing Factory

    Simon Pearce in Quechee, VT

    Offered for those who would like to stay on Sunday, we will visit the renowned glass maker Simon Pearce’s Mill. Located an hour and a half from Stowe (in Quechee Vermont), The Mill is perched atop the falls of the Ottaquchee River. It is home to Simon Pearce’s glassblowing operation, as well as the flagship store and restaurant. Simon Pearce glass began in 1981 and each piece is made by hand, one piece at a time. Embracing a forward-looking ethos of concept and exploration, Simon Pearce designers and artisans still practice the same principles and techniques Simon brought with him from Europe. The Mill is a destination for those who seek a sensory experience and value the beauty of objects made by hand.


    We will depart around 9:15am on Sunday morning, and plan to arrive at The Mill around 11:00 am. We will have a 1 hour tour followed by a seated lunch in The Loft. We will return around 3:30 pm.  

    Price: $115.00 

    Meeting Registration Fees:

    Fees for the meeting are as follows:

    • Early Registration Fee (through May 8) = $550 per person
    • Registration Fee (after May 8) = $600 per person
    • Cancellation Fee (after May 29) = $100 per person

    When you’re ready to register for the meeting, click Register Now!

    If you have any issues with this online registration process, please don’t hesitate to call Diane Jacobson at 301-215-4555. She can help you over the phone. Of course, you’ll need your own credit card to complete your registration.

    Academy Registration Checklist

    • Determine your travel arrangements so you know what nights you need to stay at the Stowe Mountain Lodge.
    • Determine if you want a Classic Room ($229 per night) or a Studio Room ($259 per night)
    • Determine what afternoon optional events (golf and other tours) you and your guest want to experience.
    • Don’t forget about the open evening on Friday. You may want to contact some friends about dinner that night. Precision can help you with dinner reservations.
    • Are you interested in the post-meeting tour (on Sunday) to Simon Pearce?
    • Register for the meeting and pay online with your credit card for the meeting and the optional events.
    • Register for your hotel room by either of the two methods:
      • By phone at 1-888-478-6938. Be sure to mention NECA2015
      • Online by clicking on this link: NECA Executive Committee and Academy 2015
      • NECA2015 should appear in the “Group Code” box which should get you our guaranteed rates.
    • Diane Jacobson can help you with any questions you may have. If you have a few minutes, Diane can handle the meeting registration for you (using your credit card, of course). You may call her at 301-215-4555. You can email her at
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