The NETA Board of Directors and NETA staff met face-to-face in mid-September for the first time since March 2020. The NETA Membership Meeting took place at the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. The agenda included a comprehensive Board Report and strategy updates in specific areas such as membership growth and efforts to grow industry awareness.
A financial report showed the association on solid financial footing, while the Membership Committee focused on new applicant companies as well as other new-member possibilities.
After a mid-morning break, presentations focused on the PowerTest 2022 conference and trade show, including long-awaited plans for promoting NETA’s return to live events. “The PowerTest discussion has been particularly exciting because we are celebrating NETA’s 50th anniversary next year during our biggest annual gathering of NETA Members and others allied to the field,” says Missy Richard, NETA’s Executive Director. “Everyone brought their best ideas on how to make this a memorable event to celebrate NETA’s accomplishments and its historical impact on the electrical power industry.”
The rest of the day’s agenda covered important updates on the Alliance Program, the Certification Exam and development of a practice exam, ANSI Standards, new training opportunities, NETA’s technical representation across the industry, and a demonstration of the newly launched NETA Nation Community platform. The NETA World Committee announced the addition of new content to the line-up, including an in-depth interview in each issue with a stand-out performer from a NETA Accredited Company.
“It was inspiring to see how much our Board and committee volunteers have accomplished during the last 18 months without meeting in person and with the constraints of a world pandemic challenging them every step of the way,” says Eric Beckman, President of National Field Services, and President of the NETA Board of Directors. “We’ve grown existing programs and introduced new ones, embraced new media technologies, and forged ahead with plans for an in-person PowerTest Conference this spring. The resilience of our industry is reflected in the NETA leadership and volunteers present at this important meeting, and I look forward to celebrating our 50th anniversary together in 2022.”