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Annual Meeting (June 2011)

Academy of Electrical Contracting Annual Meeting

The Greenbrier
White Sulphur Springs, WV

June 9 – 11, 2011

Recap of Meeting

2011_greenbrierAcademy Chairman Milner Irvin would like to welcome you to the Academy of Electrical Contracting website featuring the 2011 Annual Meeting at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The opening reception is set for Thursday, June 9 and the formal dinner will conclude the events on Saturday, June 11.

As you will see below, we are planning a program that Academy Fellows and their guests will not want to miss!

We’ve designed this website to include all of the information about the meeting in one place for your convenience. After reviewing the evaluations that were received from the meeting in Ponte Vedra, it appears that the use of electronic communication (emails and use of the Academy website) to promote attendance at the meeting and keep people aware of updated information was very well received. So, we will continue to update this site as new information becomes available.

If you will be attending this year’s meeting at The Greenbrier, there are several things you need to do to register for the meeting ~ including choosing from some optional activities and reserving your hotel room. You’ll find a checklist of these items at the bottom of the page.

The following is some information you will want to consider:

Is This the “Same Old Greenbrier”?

Did You Know?

All self-respecting Academy Fellows know that the Academy held its initial meeting in 1968 in Philosophical Hall at Independence Square in Philadelphia during NECA’s annual convention that fall!

But, do you know where the first summer meeting of the Academy was held? How about which resort has hosted the summer gathering of the Academy the most times (six times, in fact)?

The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia is the answer to both questions. Besides the initial meeting in the summer of 1969, the Academy has gathered here in 1973, 1979, 1983, 1987 and 1994.

So, will the 2011 annual gathering of the Academy be at the “same old place”? There have been some significant improvements to the Greenbrier since our last visit:

  • Have you seen “the bunker”? In the late 1950s, the U.S. government came to The Greenbrier for assistance. The government wanted to construct an Emergency Relocation Center, i.e., a bunker or bomb shelter, to be occupied by the U.S. Congress in case of war. The classified underground facility was built in conjunction with an above-ground addition to the hotel (the West Virginia Wing) between 1959 and 1962. For thirty years the facility (codenamed Project Greek Island) was maintained at a constant state of operational readiness. One telephone call from officials in Washington, DC fearing an imminent attack on the capital would have turned the lavish resort into an active participant in the national defense system. At the end of the Cold War, and prompted by exposure in the press, the project was terminated and the bunker decommissioned in 1992. The bunker is now a popular tour at the resort.
  • The Casino Club at The Greenbrier opened in grand fashion on July 2, 2010. This casino is quite different from most gambling establishments. Start with a smoke-free environment and add restaurants, entertainment and shops. Another important distinction: the casino is underground so nothing distracts from the elegance of the Greenbrier.
  • A PGA TOUR event called The Greenbrier Classic (with a multi-year contract) held its first tournament on the Old White course in July 2010. Stuart Appleby shot a 59 on the final round to win the inaugural event. Tom Watson is the Golf Pro Emeritus at The Greenbrier.

So, the answer to the question about the “same old place” is “no sir”!

A recent cover story article from the Washington Post Magazine (entitled The Richest Regular Guy) describes the new owner of The Greenbrier and some of the changes he’s made. Click here to see the article about Jim Justice.

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See the tentative schedule for the meeting.

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Speaker: Louis Zamperini


Louis Zamperini is one of America’s greatest heroes. An Olympic runner and WWII POW, his life story recently reignited interest, leading Pulitzer Prize winning author, Laura Hillenbrand (author of "Seabiscuit") to document Louis’ life in her latest book,"Unbroken". Released in November, 2010, “Unbroken” has been on the New York Times Best Sellers list for 10 weeks ~ being #1 for the last four (as of January 30, 2011).
Lucky Louis Zamperini, Olympic hero, WWII bombardier, plane crash survivor, POW, and survivor of post-war turmoil ~ together with Olympic swimmer and long time friend John Naber (4 gold medals and one silver at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal) ~ will tell the story of his amazing life: his challenges, his obstacles, his will to live and the people who helped him along the way. 
Visit to view more information about Louis.

A Wall Street Journal book review of Unbroken summarizes the compelling story of Louie Zamperini and also includes interesting information about Laura Hillenbrand, the author of two bestselling books, and her daily struggles with chronic fatigue syndrome. Click here to see this book review.

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Opening Reception

2011KatesMountainThe opening reception on Thursday night will be at Kate’s Mountain, the location for many Academy dinners throughout the years.

Besides taking the traditional table photos at the formal dinner on Saturday night, we will photograph each couple at Kate’s Mountain on Friday night so that we can update the photos in in our Academy Directory.

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Optional Activities

  • More information pertaining to the Friday morning Spouse/Guest Program will be forthcoming. Since there is no charge for this event, your spouse/guest will not need to sign up for it in advance.
  • See complete information about the optional activities.
  • Cold War Bunker Now Attracts Tourists — Under the opulent Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, there’s a massive fallout shelter that was designed for Cold War-era Congress members. The facility, which had enough space for 1,000 people and had 60-day supply of food, was a secret for years. But now, it’s a popular tourist attraction. TODAY’s Lester Holt reports.


Golf will be available to you on the Meadows Course and the Greenbrier Course as follows:

June 10, 2011
Meadows Course

Daily Greens Fee $165*
12:30 pm Tee Time

June 11, 2011
Greenbrier Course

Daily Greens Fee $195*
12:30 pm Tee Time

*Daily Greens Fee:
Includes locker, club cleaning and storage, cart and complimentary use of the practice range.

Callaway Rental Clubs:
Includes 6 ball custom box ~ $80.00

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Working Group

The Academy’s working group program at The Greenbrier will review theNECA Corporate Mentoring Program and the newly-developed NECA University course, Contractor 101. This discussion will be chaired by Fellow Bob Bruce (’03), an active mentor in the new program.

The guest expert on Corporate Mentoring will be Dr. Karl Borgstrom, former executive director of NECA’s Management Education Institute (MEI) and currently a consultant for the NECA mentoring initiative.

Corporate Mentoring is an effective trade association practice that establishes management coaching partnerships between leaders of successful, experienced member firms (Mentors) and those companies relatively new to the business (Proteges), with the goal of improving the performance of those companies and the industry sector as a whole.

Contractor 101 is a base-level online course on contractor company management, developed to support and facilitate the NECA Corporate Mentoring Program.

At this gathering you will have an opportunity to learn about, as well ascontribute to, the development of this important program, including:

  • Understanding how mentoring benefits Mentors, Proteges and NECA.
  • The important qualifications for company executives in the mentoring role.
  • Strategies for effective mentoring and discussion about the challenges of implementing and sustaining the management coaching relationship.
  • How Contractor 101 can be helpful in mentoring as well as being a training vehicle for managers and employees that are new to the contracting industry.

Dr. Borgstrom believes that Corporate Mentoring can play an important role as a NECA member service, to the benefit of the association, its participating members and the electrical contracting industry.

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Getting to the Greenbrier

For information about traveling, dress suggestions and the casino, please click here.

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Formal Dinner

Instead of a dance band at this event, we have arranged for a musical show towards the end of the evening. But, we will have music for dancing brfore and after the show!

The Unexpected Boys
Legendary Musical Tribute Group

The Unexpected Boys have amazed audiences all over the world with their award-winning tribute to one of the most recognized bands to ever hit the airwaves … Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons/Jersey Boys. This musical tribute act features such unforgettable hits as Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Oh, What a Night, Big Girls Don’t Cry, and many more!

For the last three years, The Unexpected Boys have entertained all over the world. They have opened for Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Deborah Cox and Chubby Checker.

This act features ALL Broadway veterans. We weave an innocent ‘tongue in cheek’ scenario around the music of this legendary group. Don’t miss your chance to see these handsome Jersey-wise guys in an ’unexpected’ performance you will never forget!

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Hotel Information

Hotel Rates:

Run-of-House Guest Rooms ~ $309
Per Room, Per Night
Single or Double Occupancy
(includes Main Hotel and Guest Houses)

Requests for specific guestrooms or deluxe accommodations can be made based on availability, see below room rates.

Superior Room ~ $409 per room, per night
Deluxe Room ~ $459 per room, per night
Junior Suite ~ $484 per room, per night

$25.00 daily resort fee*, 3% applicable lodging tax and 6% sales tax applies.

*Resort Fee:

A resort fee of $25 per room, per day is added to each account for service and amenities provided. This includes twice daily housekeeping service, local and toll free phone calls, wireless internet access, daily newspaper delivery Monday through Saturday, on property ground transportation, use of the swimming pool, fitness center and historical tours.

**Please note, the automated confirmation e-mail you will receive from the Greenbrier states the standard Resort Fee ($20 per person, per day) rather than NECA’s lower, negotiated Resort Fee of $25 per room, per day.**

Check-in/Check-out policy:
Check out time is 12:00 noon and check in time is 4:00 pm.

Valet parking, if utilized, is $20 per vehicle, per day. Self-parking is complimentary.

See more information about the amenities offered by the hotel. Please note that you should not use this link to secure your hotel reservations because you will not be in the Academy room block!

Friday, June 10th will be an open night for you to explore dining at The Greenbrier. Not only will you discover the best West Virginia dining at The Greenbrier, you’ll find formal and casually elegant dining experiences from around the world throughout the property. Choose from classic American, Asian Fusion, French bistro or the tastes of Italy, all within walking distance. The Greenbrier Restaurant Collection is unquestionably a world-class experience. There’s something for every taste at The Greenbrier.

Additional information regarding the restaurants can be found at

We strongly encourage that you make reservations ahead of time by calling 1-800-624-6070.

The Greenbrier Clinic:
Your trip to The Greenbrier may be a good opportunity to schedule a visit to the world-famous clinic. You might schedule this just before or after the Academy meeting.

The Greenbrier Clinic offers comprehensive diagnostic procedures to help determine the right treatment for their executive patients. The prescription for diagnostic excellence is personalization. Over the years, they’ve discovered that this sensible concept has proven itself time and again. Their state-of-the-art approach to preventive care first involves a three step diagnostic process; Personalized Care, Structure and Location.

For further information pertaining to The Greenbrier Clinic, please visit

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Meeting Registration Fees
Early Registration Fees (through May 9) ~ $600 per person
Registration Fees after May 9 ~ $650 per person
Cancellation Fee after May 23 ~ $50 per person will be deducted from your refund

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Checklist for Registering for the Annual Meeting

  • Determine your travel arrangements so you know what nights you need to “book” at The Greenbrier.
  • Determine what optional events (golf and tours) you and your guest would like to pursue.
  • Register and pay online for the meeting and optional activities.
  • At the end of the online meeting registration process, you’ll find adirect link to the Academy room block at The Greenbrier. You can use it to make your hotel room reservations.
  • If you decide to reserve your hotel room separately from the meeting registration process, please click here.
  • Of course, you may make your hotel reservation by phone by calling 1–800–624–6070. Be sure to identify yourself as a member of the Academy of Electrical Contracting attending the June 9 to 11 meeting.
  • Diane Jacobson, can help you with any questions you may have. If you have a few minutes, Diane can handle the meeting and hotel reservations for you (using your credit card, of course). You may contact her at 301-215-4555 or
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