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June 7-9, 2018 · The Montage Laguna Beach, CA


Academy Chairman David Hardt invites you to join with other Academy Fellows to celebrate the Academy’s 50 Anniversary in beautiful Southern California this summer.

Participate in our working group, listen to our speakers and network with your peers throughout the three days. Laguna Beach has a lot to offer!

Download the 2018 Academy Meeting Recap

2018 Presentations

Meet our Speakers

Guest Speaker: Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns


The Future of Foreign Policy

Saturday, June 9 · 9:30am

Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns is one of the country’s most articulate spokespeople on globalization and U.S. foreign policy, earning respect as a nonpartisan expert on public diplomacy and world affairs.

»  Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
»  Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Greece

Learn more

Working Group Speaker:TBD

We’re exploring interesting options for our topic and speaker on Friday morning. We will share info as soon as we finalize this.

Spouse Program: Light Breakfast with Ron Owens


Friday, June 8 · 9:00am Grand Ballroom III

Hottest Trends: Fires, Drones, and…Hypnosis! On the Burning Edge

Don’t miss Firefighter, Arson Investigator, Drone Pilot, and Hypnotist Ron Owens at the Academy Spouse Program as he discusses fire investigating and the latest drone technology! You may also get a chance to be hypnotized!

As a Fire Inspector/Investigator for the Oceanside Fire Department since 2001, Ron’s job is to find the cause and origins of fires. His secondary expertise is that of a Certified Hypnotist where he conducts one-on-one and Comedy Hypnosis shows and demonstrations. Ron served in the United State Navy and is also a Private Pilot, Drone Pilot and member of:

  • International Association of Fire Fighters
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
  • National Guild of Hypnotist
  • Toastmaster International

In addition, he’s an Ordained Minister. His specialty…Keeping people safe and making people smile!

Evening Events and Networking

montage lawn

Opening Reception: Overlooking the Pacific

Thursday, June 7 · Montage Lawn and the Studio

We’ll get things started with a spectacular event in a spectacular setting! (image above)

Beginning at six o’clock, Fellows and guests gather on the resort's lawn overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We will have drinks and hors d’oeuvres until seven when we will unveil a fabulous buffet dinner. We have reserved the Studio which is adjacent to the lawn and offers magnificent views up and down the coast.

Friday Dinner with Friends

Friday, June 8 · Laguna Beach surrounding area

Choose Your Friends and the Restaurant

gallery-2016-300We are offering a open evening for Fellows to gather with friends and enjoy the Laguna Beach environment.

If you are interested in area art (and there’s plenty of that), visit a local art gallery! Keep the fun going and visit one of the nearby interesting restaurants for dinner after.

There will be plenty of time to get together with your friends for the evening’s dinner. The Precision staff will be available to help you with reservations at local restaurants. We suggest early reservations for a busy Friday evening.

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Saturday, June 9 · 7pm Grand Ballroom Foyer

Special Entertainment: Flashback Heart Attack (an ‘80s Band)

Saturday evening attendees will gather for a Black Tie dinner and dance in the Grand Ballroom.

We will offer a fabulous dinner to mark the conclusion of our 50th annual meeting. Entertainment will be by the group Flashback Heart Attack and they promise to keep us on the dance floor all evening.

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Optional Activities:

Afternoon Tours


Friday & Saturday · NOON Departure

The Academy is offering exclusive tours on Friday and Saturday afternoons including a tour of San Juan Capistrano and a Pontoon Boat Tour.

Don’t get left out!

View descriptions and pricing here



Saturday, June 9 · NOON

We have scheduled a Saturday afternoon golf outing at Monarch Beach Golf Links.
Includes: Box lunch

Saturday Golf Information (pdf)

photo courtesy: visit laguna beach

Welcome to Laguna Beach

Southern California's premier coastal destination! Located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, this seven-mile stretch of sand and surf offers a year-round retreat for art lovers, nature enthusiasts and beachgoers.

Known for a mild year-round climate, scenic coves, environmental preservation and an artist community, Laguna Beach was settled in the 1870s and officially founded in 1887. The current population is about 23 thousand people. 

Top-12 Things to see and do in Laguna

Getting to Laguna Beach:

Find out what the best traveling options for you are and view general information about the Laguna Beach area for reference. photo courtesy: Visit Laguna Beach

Getting to Laguna Beach (pdf)

About the Hotel:

Montage Laguna Beach Resort

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The Montage is a spectacular hotel perched above the Pacific with views of the Pacific from every room. 

NECA has a room block at the Montage Laguna Beach Resort at a rate of $399/night for their ocean view king rooms.

Download the Hotel Brochure (pdf)

The Montage is perched on a coastal bluff high above the Pacific and offers 30 acres of seaside luxury at the heart of Southern California’s preeminent artist colony. Only 18 miles from John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA) or 55 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).


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Unlike previous years, when the Academy has offered a link to an online hotel reservation portal, the Montage does not offer this serviceAccordingly, to make your hotel reservation you need to call 949-715-6000 or 888-715-6700. 

To receive our guaranteed rate of $399/night, be sure to mention the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

NOTE: There is NO resort fee! Suites are available; call the hotel for rates.

Guests of the resort have exclusive access to a wide selection of amenities, including rejuvenating wellness options at the 20,000-square-foot Spa Montage; gourmet dining at Studio, The Loft, or Mosaic Bar and Grille; outdoor relaxing by one of two onsite pool decks; and much more. 

Download the Hotel Guide for more information

Additional Information & Policies

2018 Registration Fee Breakdown:

  • Early Registration Fee (through April 30) = $690 per person
  • Registration Fee (after May 1) = $740 per person
  • Cancellation Fee (after May 18) = $100 per person
The Registration Fee includes the cost of food & beverage and the following Academy events:
  • Opening Receptions on Thursday evening
  • Reception and Formal dinner on Saturday evening
  • Breakfast on Friday morning (Fellows & guests)
  • Coffee, etc. on two mornings

Important Dates:

  • Register for the meeting before April 30 to save with early rates
  • Select your optional activities before May 7
  • Reserve your hotel room before May 11


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

Otherwise, please contact Academy Secretary Mike Thompson with questions or comments.