Stephen Gianotti

2017 End of the Year Update

As 2017 is coming to a close, I wanted to take a moment and reflect upon the past year and what is to come in the future.

Arcadia has had a busy year and we have gotten the opportunity to work on some very interesting projects, including the completion of work on the Cartier Building renovation and breaking ground on the new ESPN Studios which will open in early 2018. Arcadia looks forward to playing an active role in the project through its completion.

We have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming year, including committing to the development of maintenance programs for our solar installation customers. This will completely change the way in which we engage with our customers. Customer service has always been one of our mainstay principles and we want to continue to expand upon that to be even more relationship-oriented.

As President of Arcadia, I take our role within the electrical industry – whether it is the New York City metro area, the state of New York, the country or globally – very seriously. My tenure as president for New York Electrical Contractors Association (NYECA) for the last three years will be ending in early January. I am very proud of everything that the Association has accomplished during this time.

I hope that my legacy is one of being innovative, inclusive and open to change. Some of the accomplishments that I am most proud of include opening the doors of the Association’s own condominium at 633 Third Avenue in midtown Manhattan, an achievement that was decades in the making which now enables us to host our own in-house training.  I am also proud of developing a true Government Affairs program that includes the creation of a political PAC that has already won influence with city, state and federal officials in ways that had never happened before and a push for more inclusiveness within the organization. This last point is especially important to me. We worked hard to add variety with venues and program offerings to appeal to our members. We also focused on encouraging younger members to step up and get involved right away.
Within NYECA, I will take an active role in assisting the incoming President to ensure that the transition is seamless. I will also take on the role as Governor of NECA-NY which will enable me to learn more about state-of-the-industry technology throughout the country and bring it back to our Association in New York.

In addition to NYECA, I will continue to have other leadership roles throughout the industry such as Vice President of the Subcontractors Trade Association, Treasurer of Empire State Subcontractors Association, Board of Governors at the Building Trades Employers’ Association, a Trustee with the Joint Industry Board and a Co-Chair for the Electrical Employers Self-Insurance Safety Plan. Additionally, I am on the ballot for Treasurer of the Building Trades Employers’ Association and will know the results in early January.

As within Arcadia, it is important to me to make sure that our entire industry stays on the cutting edge of change and technology and remains adaptable. New technology is changing every industry and will continue to do so. It is upon the leaders of that industry to train their teams on the technological marvels that continue to change how homes and commercial buildings are powered.

In closing, I would like to share one message with my team. Teamwork is essential within both job sites and across our company as a whole. Without having a unified team, success is almost impossible to come by. Let’s continue to prioritize working as a team in 2018.