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Associations Focus: Recognizing Achievement

Awards and scholarships identify those who are focused forward to create a high-quality workforce in the AV industry. 2/01/2008 7:00 AM Eastern

Associations Focus: Recognizing Achievement

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Awards and scholarships identify those who are focused forward to create a high-quality workforce in the AV industry.




CEDIA
InfoComm International
NSCA

CEDIA

CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards

The Electronic Lifestyles Designer and Manufacturers' Excellence Awards are highly sought after in the industry, and higher standards and new categories have been put in place this year.

The Electronic Lifestyles Designer Awards have continued to evolve through the years to better serve the work of CEDIA's residential electronic systems contractor members. For 2008, the Small Home Theater and Theme categories have been revised, and a new category — Documentation — has been added. Requirements for all categories have been revised as well. The categories are Large Home Theater, Small Home Theater, Integrated Home, Special Project, Media Room, Hidden Installation, Dressed System, Theme, and Documentation. The deadline for entries is May 2, 2008.

To acknowledge CEDIA's outstanding manufacturer members, the Manufacturers' Excellence Awards competition has expanded to recognize the outstanding strides in technology that CEDIA manufacturer members dedicate their time to each year. There are three categories within this competition, each with its own guidelines and criteria. In the Best New Product category, 30 finalists will be announced in early July, and 10 winners will be announced at CEDIA Expo's Electronic Lifestyles Awards Banquet. In the Best New Technology category, three finalists will be announced in early July, and one winner will be announced at CEDIA Expo's Electronic Lifestyles Awards Banquet. In the Product Hall of Fame category, 10 winners will be announced at CEDIA Expo's Electronic Lifestyles Awards Banquet, and a Product Hall of Fame showcase will be introduced at CEDIA Expo 2009. The deadline for entries is May 9, 2008.

For information on the new guidelines, visit www.cedia.org/awards. For questions, contact Katey Schenk at (800) 669-5329 ext. 157 or kschenk@cedia.org.

CONNECT WITH INDUSTRY PARTNERS

CEDIA offers you the opportunity to connect with architects, builders, and interior designers at the third annual Electronic Lifestyles Forum. This event unites a personally selected group of industry partners with electronic systems contractors to help facilitate stronger partnerships, resulting in better, more profitable projects and happier clients. Take part in classroom learning, engaging discussions, and numerous networking opportunities. The third annual Electronic Lifestyles Forum will take place at The Adolphus Hotel in Dallas from April 30-May 2, 2008.

Online registration is now officially open. Early-bird discounts end March 12. Watch for additional details at www.cedia.org/elforum.

For more information on CEDIA, visit www.cedia.org or call (800) 669-5329.


Associations Focus: Recognizing Achievement

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Awards and scholarships identify those who are focused forward to create a high-quality workforce in the AV industry.




CEDIA
InfoComm International
NSCA

INFOCOMM INTERNATIONAL

Registration is open for InfoComm08, being held June 18-20 in Las Vegas. To view the full range of activities and programs or to register, visit www.infocommshow.org.

INFOCOMM SYSTEMS INTEGRATORS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

If you are an InfoComm member and a systems integrator, you are eligible to join the Systems Integrators Leadership Council (SILC; formerly known as the Sound, AudioVisual and Video Integrators, or SAVVI Council) and help shape the industry. Members of the council, led by SILC Chair Barry Goldin, CTS of Audio Video Systems, will collaborate on important and groundbreaking projects and initiatives to advance the goals of the systems-integrator community and the audiovisual industry as a whole. To join, contact membership@infocomm.org.

ICIF SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

InfoComm International established the International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF) to address the industry's need for a high-quality workforce, and it endowed the ICIF with $1.2 million to fund scholarships for students and AV-industry workers. There are two types of scholarships. Both require that students be majoring in audiovisual subjects or related fields, including audio, video, telecommunications, electronics, technical aspects of the theater, data networking, software development, and information technology. Students with other majors may be considered if they can demonstrate a relationship to career goals in the industry.

The first type of scholarship is for dependents of member organizations. Post-secondary education scholarships are awarded to high school seniors and college students who are employees of InfoComm-member companies or dependents of employees. (See application for the definition of “dependent.”) To be eligible for this $1,500 scholarship, students must be dependents of employees or employees of InfoComm International-member companies in good standing. AV scholarships are the second type of scholarship available. Post-secondary education scholarships of $1,200 each are awarded to high school seniors and college students who are pursuing a career in the AV industry.

Visit www.infocomm.org/membership for more information.

INFOCOMM ACADEMY CLASSES

Feb. 20-22
INS212 Installation Technician
Anaheim, Calif.

Feb. 23-25
INS311 Installation Lead Technician
Anaheim, Calif.

Feb. 24-26
DES311 Facilities Design
Fairfax, Va.

Feb. 27-29
DES312 Systems Design
Fairfax, Va.

Feb. 24-26
PMA211 Project Management for AV
Fairfax, Va.

March 1
CTS-D Testing
Fairfax, Va.

March 9-11
AVIT211 AV/IT Integration for Technology Professionals
Fairfax, Va.

For more information about InfoComm International, visit infocomm.org.


Associations Focus: Recognizing Achievement

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Awards and scholarships identify those who are focused forward to create a high-quality workforce in the AV industry.




CEDIA
InfoComm International
NSCA

NSCA

NSCA WELCOMES VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES

Stefan Yost, NSCA's new vice president of sales, has always believed in the NSCA mission. Working for NSCA member companies, he had seen firsthand the benefits of NSCA membership. In his previous positions, Yost oversaw sales staff and was responsible for sales programs reaching $100 million. In his new position at NSCA, he will spend much of his time traveling to industry businesses and developing face-to-face relationships with current and prospective members.

Yost also hopes to grow NSCA's educational offerings, because education is the future of the association. Growing the membership, he says, will go hand-in-hand with this effort. Because the market is constantly changing, Yost wants to position NSCA as a company that others turn to for outsourcing their training needs.

LATEST MARKET INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING EXPLORES INDUSTRY MARKETING

NSCA's latest Market Intelligence Briefing shines a light on the practice of marketing in the industry. Marketing and Promotion in the Commercial Electronic Systems Industry focuses on marketing strategies for manufacturers, systems contractors/integrators, and independent technical/design consultants. NSCA's goal was to discover the most effective marketing strategies and trends being used throughout the industry.

Overall, the most popular way to deploy marketing plans was to exhibit or attend a tradeshow. More than 90 percent of manufacturers reported they had been to a tradeshow in 2007; nearly 83 percent plan to attend one this year. Systems contractors/integrators ranked enhancing their websites as the most important marketing initiative; consultants said it was most advantageous for them to attend or exhibit at a regional tradeshow. Other common marketing initiatives between the three groups included producing brochures, and advertising on the Web and in the yellow pages.

Corporate members may download a copy of the full report at www.nsca.org/research.

NSCA OFFERS STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS TO INDUSTRY HOPEFULS

Students interested in the commercial electronic systems industry have a unique opportunity to finance their education. The NSCA Education Foundation will award five $1,000 scholarships in 2008. The money will be available to students for tuition in a college or technical-school program.

High school seniors or college students with a 2.0 GPA pursuing a career in electronic systems are eligible to apply for a scholarship. The award may be used for tuition at any accredited, post-secondary institution. Applications are due April 18, 2008, and announcements will be made by July 3, 2008.

For more information about the NSCA Education Foundation or to download a scholarship application, visit www.nscafoundation.org.

NSCA members have always raved about the Essentials of Systems Integration CD-ROM. Now they can access this valuable tool online. Essentials is packed with more than 650 business documents vital to the commercial electronic systems industry.

Transitioning this CD-ROM to an online resource gives members immediate and ongoing access to NSCA's latest information and trends in the industry.

Members can log in to download all the information they need at any time at www.nsca.org/essentials. For more information about membership benefits, visit www.nsca.org/benefits.

ROBERT BOSCH SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

In partnership with the NSCA Education Foundation, Bosch Communications Systems will offer two $2,500 scholarships this year named in honor of Robert Bosch. In 1886, Bosch founded the Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering in Stuttgart, Germany. This was the birth of today's globally active Robert Bosch GmbH.

In addition to these scholarships, Bosch renewed its commitment to the NSCA Education Foundation President's Club, which will endow a portion of its future scholarship contributions.

The NSCA Education Foundation plans to focus on the next generation of professionals entering the commercial electronic systems industry. As a result, the foundation will reach out to schools and students, offer scholarships, provide student memberships to NSCA, promote job resources, and build an endowment fund for the future.

For more information on the foundation, visit www.nscafoundation.org.

For more information about NSCA, visit www.nsca.org or call (800) 446-6722.


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