Capital Lighting & Supply (CLS), a subsidiary of Sonepar USA based in Alexandria, Va., found success combining Code training and product fairs in February. CLS hosted two 2008 NEC Code Seminars preceded by electrical expositions and product fairs in Baltimore, Md., and Chantilly, Va. Both seminars were taught by nationally renowned code instructor Mike Holt.

The seminars covered material on grounding versus bonding, 1999-2005 code issues by jurisdiction, and important updates on 2008 code changes. The seminar was approved by the local jurisdictions for Continuing Education Units. Over 1,000 people attended both seminars and expos, CLS says. Door prizes, giveaways, complimentary food and beverages and several interactive competitions were also highlights of the two Electrical Expos, which included over 45 vendors showcasing energy-saving and labor-saving products.

“To call these events a success is an understatement,” says John Hardy, president and CEO of CLS. “Mike Holt has a strong following among industry professionals. He is a dynamic, energetic speaker whose knowledge of the National Electrical Code is unsurpassed. Providing these educational seminars is just one way for Capital Lighting & Supply to be a value-added resource for our customers, which represents our commitment to be ‘the electrical distributor of choice.’” The seminars were approved for eight hours of instructional time toward continuing education. “These seminars are extremely important for people in the industry, especially where it is required to maintain licenses,” said Hardy.

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