Building an Innovative Culture 

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Behind every successful technological execution is a leader or leaders who have championed a culture open to change. Technology is not only changing the way we build but also the way we can attract, retain, and develop talent within our organizations to drive innovation. This session will define what an ‘Innovative Culture’ looks like in practice and present tips to elevate your corporate culture to prepare for the future.


  • Michael Parkes

    O’Connell Electric Group

    Michael Parkes was born and raised in Rochester, NY. He was a graduate of Honeoye Falls-Lima High School and went on to earn his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University in 2003. Upon graduating from college he worked as an electrical engineer for O’Brien & Gere and then TRC where he became a licensed professional engineer in the State of New York. After eight years of working in the engineering consulting field he took a position with his family’s electrical contracting business (O’Connell Electric) as the Power Group General Manager and in 2019 was promoted to Vice President – Power Group. Michael’s group manages all of the company’s utility accounts which covers substations, underground T&D and overhead T&D. Michael is responsible for over 300 field and office employees and approximately $200 million in annual revenue. Michael currently serves as the ELECTRI Council Chair, is an ELECTRI Trustee and is a NECA Innovation and Strategy Task Force Member.

  • David Peterson

    ERMCO, Inc.

    David is responsible for all external operations of the organizaiton from pursuit and procurement through construction and ongoing support. He has been part of ERMCO’s executive leadership team for more than 10 years and has helped grow the company from a staff of 45 to over 130, from a revenue of $35M to over $200M, and expand the company’s services from primarily installation to include design, preconstruciton, building automation, and maintenance.

  • Nancy Lindsay

    Nancy Lindsay

    Western Pennsylvania NECA Chapter

    Throughout her career Nancy has developed a true passion for helping contractors excel through business development opportunities, new technologies and enhanced efficiency. She’s been blessed with the opportunity to closely engage with all aspects of the industry including utilities, contractors, manufacturing and distribution. Her time spent working for global organizations has allowed her to bring innovation and value to the US construction market. She’s experienced in sales management, business development and strategic planning. Nancy remains dedicated to helping individuals and organizations achieve their own excellence.

  • Adam Cartwright

    H.T. Lyons

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