The Lehigh Valley’s own Luke R. Cunningham, President of West Side Hammer Electric, Inc., has been named a Fellow to the Academy of Electrical Contracting, a national honor established in Philadelphia in 1968 by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) that recognizes outstanding leaders in the electrical contracting field. The Academy involves a rigorous application process and is one of the highest distinctions bestowed upon an individual in the electrical construction industry. Cunningham was unanimously nominated for the fellowship by the Board of the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter of NECA, his local chapter where he’s volunteered for nearly two decades and now serves as its top Officer. He will be inducted into the Academy on September 30th in Philadelphia at NECA’s National Convention and Trade Show.
Cunningham, who was born, raised, and still resides in Bethlehem, has been devoted to both his business and his community throughout his career. Over the course of Cunningham’s career, he’s risen from being an electrician to running West Side Hammer Electric with his family, a well-respected company employing over 100 people annually that was named “Business of the Year” by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Meanwhile, Cunningham has dedicated himself to workforce development and expanding career opportunities in the Lehigh Valley. Cunningham is the Chairman of the Joint Apprentice and Training Committee (JATC) and a member of the Labor Management Committee for NECA/IBEW Local 375 in Allentown. He’s also served on NECA National’s Workforce Development Committee, advising nationwide industry leaders on best practices to develop and retain a skilled workforce. He’s led the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board as Vice President, the Skills USA Council as Chairman of the Board, the Vocational Awareness Program at the Bethlehem Rotary, the Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School as Joint Authority Chairman, and currently serves on a number of other volunteer Boards. Cunningham has also established a scholarship for outstanding co-op students from Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School in honor of his grandparents, the founders of West Side Hammer Electric.