SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA), a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to contractors’ success and the advancement of high-efficiency products and renewable energy, has officially launched a new educational program for contracting businesses called EGIA Contractor University. With a unique dollar-for-dollar education investment match from EGIA, a comprehensive blend of online and in-person educational programs and exclusive access to the contracting industry’s educators, EGIA Contractor University provides a fresh approach to the way ongoing education is being provided to contractors nationwide.

Through large national conferences, regional classroom-style educational workshops, and a variety of online educational resources, EGIA Contractor University delivers consistent, comprehensive, and proven methodologies for running a successful contracting business in today’s marketplace. EGIA Contractor University’s educators include: Weldon Long (best-selling author and founder of HVAC Sales Academy), Gary Elekes (Elekes Performance Consulting), Drew Cameron (HVAC Sellutions), Steve and Rob Shallenberger (Becoming Your Best Global Leadership), Mark Matteson (best-selling author), Elaina Burdick (EB&L Marketing), Ellen Rohr (The Business Makeover Expert), Brigham Dickinson (Power Selling Pros), and many more.

“This is the most excited I have been about anything. I have tried to put together a program like this over the last 15 years, and it just never seemed to come together,” said Cameron. “We have a talent pool of at least 20 individuals right now that are experts in every area of running a successful contracting business. We can all do more as a collective — to give back to this industry that has given us everything — than any of us can do on our own.”

Leveraging EGIA’s mission as a nonprofit that prioritizes contractors’ bottom lines above its own, a dollar-for-dollar education investment match commitment from EGIA is at the heart of the program. Every dollar a contractor puts toward their education is matched by EGIA. The investment funds that are accrued by contractors can then be applied to registration fees associated with attending one of EGIA’s regional classroom workshops that are scheduled throughout the U.S. and Canada.

To gain access to the dollar-for-dollar match, contractors simply need to join EGIA at the premium membership level and, if they wish, invest an additional monthly amount they would like EGIA to match. For example, if a contractor joins EGIA and elects to pay the base premium membership fee of $499/month, they will earn $1,000 per month in their EGIA Contractor University training investment account. If a contractor chooses to invest an additional $250/month on top of the base membership fee of $499/month, they will earn an additional $500 monthly ($1,500 total).

“As a contracting business that wants to succeed, you already have a training budget,” said Bruce Matulich, CEO & executive director of EGIA. “We’ll double it for free and give you access to the unequivocal best educators in the business. And you’ll get all of the member benefits of EGIA; from our GEOSmart financing plans to the cost-cutting vendor partner discounts available through the EGIA Contractor Marketplace and everything between.”

“As a nonprofit, the vast majority of every dollar that comes into EGIA Contractor University goes back into providing training and support services for the contractors,” said Long. “EGIA will never put their own profits ahead of the contractor’s profits. That is why I am so excited to be part of this program: It’s destined to reinvent the way contractors in our industry go about building their businesses.”

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Publication date: 12/28/2016

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