i do believe we all (eletrical contractors big and small) need to start creating a better industry...the only way we are going to achive this is by all joining together dol..aia..eca...and any other body or association involved in the industy
i do believe there is a place for everyone...and the only way we are going to improve the industry is if everyone from the one man bussiness to the big organisations join together or a smaller groups but speak as one body...unfortunately it is only going to happen if people stop talking and actually do something about it.
i beleive chris greager has enough experience and knowledge and understanding of the electrical industry to take it forward...he just needs the backing from us as contractors...he is banging his head against a brick wall without "all" of our support...i am not an eca member at present but was for more than 10 years so i can speak for what i know of chris greager and the dealings i have had with him.
i also dont beleive we should start a new association...rahter take advantage of one that has been around as long as i can remember.
the industry is what we as contractors allow it to be...at at this point in time...there too much talk and too little active involvement...there are lots of contractors out there...the eca/ecb has a database with all the registered contractors
we need to find a way to get all all electrical contractors "actively involved"...there are so many social networks...forums...etc available...but only a few people are utilising them.
i am not a big fan of the aia or mark palmer...in fact i have never met him...only read stuff about him on the internet and articles in the sparks mag...be it negative or positive feedback...at least he is doing something to try improve the industry...more than i can say about a lot of us (electrical contractors)