Associations Focus: NSCA’s Insurance Solution Helps Members Stabilize Healthcare Costs

Mitek Electronics and Communications Group recently switched insurance providers to join the industry-specific insurance solutions program, NSCA’s SystemsPlus Health Solutions. 9/02/2009 8:09 AM Eastern

Associations Focus: NSCA’s Insurance Solution Helps Members Stabilize Healthcare Costs

Sep 2, 2009 12:09 PM

Mitek Electronics and Communications Group recently switched insurance providers to join the industry-specific insurance solutions program, NSCA’s SystemsPlus Health Solutions.

“We are pleased to be the first large manufacturer in the commercial audio/video industry that joins the SystemsPlus insurance network,” says Loyd Ivey, CEO and president of Mitek Electronics and Communications Group. “I am confident this long-term investment is good not only for Mitek and its employees, but also is good for even the smallest contractors in the overall AV industry. Our participation in the insurance offering will provide an option to offer their employees the benefits that typically only the largest of companies can afford, while supporting and promoting the ever-growing community of NSCA members. In short, it is just another way Mitek Electronics and Communications makes the world a better place.”

SystemsPlus Health Solutions is designed to help commercial electronic systems companies combat rising health insurance premiums. The program offers innovative alternatives, such as wellness initiatives and the ability to receive future credits toward insurance premiums.

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“Large employers, such as Mitek, see the benefit that a nationwide program can provide them—easing administrative support, controlling costs, and offering healthcare regardless of where the offices or employees may be located,” says Ron Fuhrman, SystemsPlus chief financial officer. “The whole idea of a program designed specific to this industry is to control costs, and with Mitek’s commitment to SystemsPlus, the entire industry will benefit.”

Participants in the program can:

  • Access a leading national network of providers
  • Stabilize health insurance costs
  • Earn premium credits based on program and individual company performance
  • Help employees manage health risks with preventive maintenance services covered 100 percent and not subject to deductible or co-insurance
  • Streamline HR through one contact and one program for their entire company—no matter where employees live or work.

“Loyd, through all of his companies—Atlas Sound, IED, ETA Systems, and now Mitek—has proven his commitment to NSCA,” says NSCA Executive Director Chuck Wilson. “His loyalty to NSCA started when he signed on as the first exhibitor for the NSCA Systems Integration Expo and continues today as the first major manufacturer to commit to SystemsPlus Health Solutions since the program began earlier this year.”

To learn how your company can benefit by using SystemsPlus Health, Property and Casualty or Surety Solutions, visit or call NSCA at (800) 446-6722.

Associations Focus: NSCA’s Insurance Solution Helps Members Stabilize Healthcare Costs

Sep 2, 2009 12:09 PM

NSCA Fighting for Protection of Wireless Microphones

NSCA has submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to proposals before the commission regarding the protection of wireless microphone audio systems. These comments recommend that the FCC do whatever is necessary to prevent new electronic devices from interfering with wireless microphone systems operating in the VHF/UHF frequencies.

In conjunction with Shure, NSCA has examined the various proposals from potential users and manufacturers of new white spaces devices, some of which intend to remove many of the protections necessary to provide an interference-free environment for wireless microphones. These proposals only nominally address the needs of current wireless microphone users and, in many cases, attempt to peel back the protections put in place by the November 2008 white spaces ruling.

It’s essential that the FCC prevent new devices from interfering with wireless microphone systems operating in the VHF/UHF frequencies. This includes, but is not limited to, the types of wireless microphone users that can access and use the newly proposed white spaces geo-location database. The database is still in concept with many operational and access parameters yet to be determined.

NSCA and its partners will continue to work with the FCC and investigate options to ensure a positive resolution for all parties involved. For more information and quick tips for registering wireless microphones, visit

NSCA Education Foundation Awards Scholarships

The NSCA Education Foundation awarded 10 scholarships to students pursuing careers in the commercial electronic systems industry.

Recipients of the scholarships include:
Jesse Ashby, Christopher Newport University, Theatre and Dance
Matthew Ayo, Columbia College Chicago, Acoustics
Jason Denner, Kirkwood Community College, Electronic Engineering Technology
Byron Duarte, Columbia College Chicago, Audio Arts and Acoustics
Gary Fine, Columbia College Chicago, Audio Arts and Acoustics
Thomas Evans, Columbia College Chicago, Audio Design & Production
Andrew Hart, Columbia College Chicago, Audio Arts and Acoustics
John Hayes, Columbia College Chicago, Audio Arts and Acoustics
Tyson King, Kirkwood Community College, Electronic Engineering Technology
Dawn Meade, University of MD University College, Graduate School of Management and Technology, Information and Technology Systems.

Scholarship winners were selected based on their applications, grade point averages, work experiences, and letters of recommendation. In addition to the NSCA Scholarship, Ashby and Hayes each also received a $2,500 Robert Bosch scholarship.

The NSCA Education Foundation focuses on recruiting the next generation of professionals into the commercial electronic systems industry by funding scholarships, NSCA student memberships, and job resources.

“The Foundation’s scholarship program is a major resource for students interested in one of the fastest growing industries,” says Tom Frericks, NSCA Education Foundation president. “With the support of our industry partners and many contractors and integrators, the foundation is able to provide this year’s recipients with financial assistance so they can focus on their education and become the leaders of the next generation of integrators.”

Duarte expressed in his application the desire to improve the electronic and audio industry in his native country of Guatemala. He realizes that a green future will become the norm, and he says he hopes to take the knowledge he is learning now and apply it to advancing the industry in Guatemala. Evans also reiterated this point, and he says he hopes to turn his passion of anything audio into a global—yet personally unique—product. Meade, with more than 12 years of experience in the industry, said there was nothing better than going to work every day and getting to play for pay. Fine described his hopes for his future career as the ability to combine both the technical and artistic aspects of audio systems.

“The synergy of subjectivity and art with mechanical structure and mathematical reason in electronic recording systems and live sound reinforcement systems transcends all other media and mediums,” he said.

The ability to apply passion and technical knowledge to create a more personal experience for a crowd of thousands resided in all of this year’s winners. The industry can look forward to years of great talent entering the workforce.

For more information about the NSCA Education Foundation, visit or call (800) 446-6722.

Associations Focus: NSCA’s Insurance Solution Helps Members Stabilize Healthcare Costs

Sep 2, 2009 12:09 PM

Create More Productive Employees with Convenient, Onsite Training

Create a more productive and competent staff with the NSCA University educational courses of your choice delivered directly to your workplace.

Sending employees away for training is an investment of your time and money. To help NSCA members reduce costs, NSCA U can bring existing curriculum to your facility or build a new course specifically for your company.

The following courses are available for onsite delivery or as the basis for a new course:

  • Project management and estimating training
  • Technical Fundamentals of Audio, practical knowledge of the most important technical ideas found in audio
  • Technical training based on NSCA’s Electronic Systems Technician Training Series.

Contact NSCA to discuss your company’s unique training needs. The more employees you have to train, up to 12 participants, the more you will save by eliminating travel-related costs.

“Employees with job-related training are more productive, knowledgeable and loyal,” says Norah Hammond, NSCA senior director of professional development. “These are the members of your staff who contribute to the success of the entire company, not just themselves. Properly trained staff gives your company the upper-hand by providing your customers with the most qualified and well-trained employees ready to work.”

For more information on NSCA’s onsite training program, email NSCA’s education department at, call (800) 446-6722, or visit

NSCA Calendar of Events

Sept. 14
EST Technician Training Begins

Oct. 8
SystemsPlus Health Solutions Informational webcast, online
1 p.m.-2 p.m. central

Feb. 25-27, 2010
NSCA Business and Leadership Conference
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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