About the Electric Association
The Electric Association is proud of its long and illustrious history
in Chicago's electrical industry.
The Electric Association was organized on September 18, 1925. It’s
founder and first President, Mr. John F. Gilchrist (Vice-President,
Commonwealth Edison Company), organized a meeting of industry
leaders from the Electric Club of Chicago to “arrange the
necessary details in connection with the calling of a larger meeting
for the purpose of considering the desirability of forming an
electrical association in the Chicago area”.
On January 18, 1926, a charter was received from the Secretary
of State, authorizing the organization of the Electric Association
under the provisions of the Illinois Statute providing for Corporations
under the not for profit act.
And so being, the founding fathers developed this mission . . .
The Electric Association Aims & Purposes (1926)
To develop and improve the service rendered the public
by the electrical industry.
To develop a closer cooperation and understanding among
electrical supply companies, telephone & electric
traction companies, telegraph companies, electrical contractors,
manufacturers, manufacturer’s agents, wholesalers,
engineers, and other persons involved in the electrical
To conduct suitable educational activities with the view
to encouraging the public toward a more intelligent use
To inform as to the importance of the service rendered
To endeavor to bring about improvements of method in
all branches of the industry.
To encourage the practice of good business standards in the industry,
and to raise the standards of electrical practice by so informing
the public that they will appreciate and demand the best in materials,
workmanship, engineering, and applications.
To keep closely in touch with all public matters pertaining to
electrical problems, that all business organization, municipal,
state and federal authorities may know that this Association is
a responsible body and capable of handling intelligently subjects
pertaining to electrical matters.
Through much change in our electrical industry over the years,
many of these goals remain true for the Electric Association today.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES – TODAY
The Mission of the Electric Association is:
• To provide members of the electrical industry of Chicagoland
and their employees with formal educational opportunities, professional
development, information exchange, and business services.
• To serve as the interface between various organizations
serving the same industry, and foster the interchange of ideas,
product knowledge and programs in order to create the best external
environment possible for conducting business in the electrical
Bringing together all segments of the industry.
In order to bring together all segments of the industry, the Electric
Association has developed strong relationships with affiliated
organizations such as: ComEd, Electrical Contractors’ Association
of Chicago, NECA-Northeastern IL Chapter, Middle States Contractors
Association, NAED (National Association of Electrical Distributors),
NEMRA (National Electrical Manufacturer’s Representatives
Association), The Illuminating Engineering Society – Chicago
Chapter, and the St. Paddy’s Day Luncheon Society.
The Electric Association also manages three industry-affiliated
organizations: The Chicago Electrical Estimators Association,
The Electric Golf Club of Chicago, and The Little Wheels Club
State of the art education through professionally
developed and delivered classes by the Chicagoland Electric Association
Education Foundation. The Chicagoland Electric Association
Education Foundation (CEAEF) was established and recognized as
a not-for-profit foundation in 1999. The CEAEF hosts two education
semesters per year, with a full curriculum of electrical &
professional development courses. CEAEF courses have an advantage
over other sources of education in that these classes are presented
by long-time members of our industry. Students have the opportunity
to meet with others from the same industry, and learn more about
the unique aspects of the Chicago electrical community as a whole.
The CEAEF awards three academic scholarships per year: an Electric
Association scholarship, a CEE scholarship, and a CTF scholarship.
This growing program has awarded over $20,000 in academic scholarships
since its inception.
Industry wide meetings, outings, and events offer
the opportunity to network with colleagues, customers and friends.
The Electric Association hosts a variety of meetings per year
giving members the chance to meet with colleagues. Many monthly
and quarterly meetings are held through the EA Divisions: Consulting
Electrical Engineers Division, Communication Technologies Forum,
and the Women’s Division. These divisions provide members
of the electrical community with excellent networking opportunities,
and specific educational information pertaining to their segment
of the industry.
The EA also hosts an engineering tradeshow, annual golf event,
and membership awards dinner, and other business meetings to provide
members with an opportunity to meet others in the industry.
Recognition programs help set the standard for technical
merit, business success and community service.
The Electric Association developed a Membership Awards program
in 1971 to recognize distinguished service and achievement in
the electrical industry of Chicago. The Gold Medal Award &
Hall of Fame Program set the business standards for others in
the industry. Each year, the EA hosts an awards dinner to honor
these individuals and their accomplishments.
Recall services save specifiers, distributors, consultants,
and estimators countless hours searching for supplies.
The Electric Association maintains a database of over 10,000 listings
of local and international manufacturers and who their appointed
representative is in the Chicago area. This service is utilized
by hundreds of members, as they can receive this information in
a timely, efficient manner.
Job placement bureau gives quick and confidential access
to both employers and job seekers.
The Career Center, located on the EA’s website: www.eachicago.org,
offers Corporate members the free opportunity to post a job ad
and seek potential employees specifically involved in the industry.
Members looking for a job opportunity within the industry are
able to post their resume in a confidential manner. Job-seekers
are also provided with assistance on creating their resume, and
other lead’s to “who’s hiring” in the
Marketing opportunities through corporate sponsorships,
award winning magazine and other publications.
The Electric Association offers many opportunities to market to
the industry. Golden Globe Award winning magazine, ElectriCITY,
published on a quarterly basis, is an excellent marketing avenue
to utilize. Sponsorship opportunities are available throughout
each year through the EA division, annual golf events, divisional
newsletters, and other publications. The Electric Association
also offers members a free link from eachicago.org to their corporation’s
The Electric Association’s guide to the industry:
Online Membership Directory
The Annual Membership Directory, an Industry Guide, is available
at eachicago.org. Members can log-in to view contact information
for corporate members, divisional members, and affiliates.
Electric Association Education Foundation
17W733 Butterfield Road, Suite B
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181