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Associations Focus: Obtain New Success Strategies at NSCA Conference

Improving your bottom line is one success strategy, but improving customer satisfaction and understanding the next generation of system integrators and the latest marketing tools are all proven strat 7/14/2009 8:00 AM Eastern

Associations Focus: Obtain New Success Strategies at NSCA Conference

Jul 14, 2009 12:00 PM




Get ready to increase your business success at the 2010 NSCA Business and Leadership Conference, sponsored by InfoComm International, Feb. 25-27 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Improving your bottom line is one success strategy, but improving customer satisfaction and understanding the next generation of system integrators and the latest marketing tools are all proven strategies to outsmart your competition. Increase your success strategies at the 2010 NSCA Business and Leadership Conference sponsored by InfoComm International, Feb. 25-27, 2010, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., at the world-renowned PGA National Resort and Spa.

As the premier forum for executives and managers in the commercial electronic systems industry, the 2010 event will host world-class presenters and feature industry experts talking about industry issues that affect you and your ability to do business. Focused on engaging you and others in the industry, the event will feature networking events and interactive sessions allowing attendees to learn firsthand and create valuable connections.

"The 2009 conference was a great success for the attendees who brought home real solutions for real problems," says Chuck Wilson, executive director of NSCA. "NSCA is looking forward to hosting the 2010 event to offer more success strategies to business owners and managers within the industry."

The PGA National Resort and Spa recently completed a $65 million transformation during the summer of 2009. The resort features five championship golf courses, a 40,000-square-foot spa, and several restaurants and lounges, including the trendy new iBar. PGA National earned the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Two-Palm Green Lodging designation for its socially and environmentally responsible efforts during the renovation. Extend your stay in Florida and be part of the 2010 PGA Honda Classic hosted by PGA National to be held March 1-7.

For more information on the 2010 NSCA Business and Leadership Conference, visit www.nsca.org/blc or call (800) 446-6722. Registration will open later this summer. Email nhammond@nsca.org for program information or to reserve your spot.

Stabilize your health insurance costs

NSCA's goal is to help members solve problems, save time, and make money. Its newest member benefit program is the most exciting member benefit the organization has ever offered.

Business owners and HR professionals are invited to attend an invitation-only, no-commitment web conference from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (CST), Tuesday, July 21, to find out how SystemsPlus Health Solutions can help member companies stabilize health insurance costs.

SystemsPlus Health Solutions was created for the good of the industry and allows NSCA members to stabilize their health insurance costs. With SystemsPlus, you can:

  • Earn premium credits based on program and individual company performance to help reduce your costs in the future
  • Access a leading national network of healthcare providers
  • Reduce paperwork. You'll never have to change insurance companies again.
  • Streamline your HR. You'll have one contact and one program, even if you have branches in multiple states.

If you are interested in viewing the web conference, please contact Jodi Montgomery at (319) 861-8632 or jmontgomery@nsca.org.


Associations Focus: Obtain New Success Strategies at NSCA Conference

Jul 14, 2009 12:00 PM




NSCA honors individual commitment to NSCA

NSCA paid tribute to individuals and companies who continually support and represent the commitment NSCA members have to the industry and the association. Recipients of this year's awards include: Loyd Ivey, Lifetime Achievement Award; Steve Emspak, Volunteer of the Year; and Dan Erickson, Educator of the Year. Awards were also presented to instructors of the year within each college of NSCA University at the 2009 NSCA Member Meeting and President's Reception on June 17 at InfoComm in Orlando, Fla.

Loyd Ivey, founder and CEO of Mitek Corp., received NSCA's Per Haugen Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of dedication, leadership, and service to NSCA, including the NSCA Education Foundation Board of Directors and the NSCA Expo Committee. He has been a champion to many of NSCA's events and activities including the Fall Business Conference, now the Business and Leadership Conference. Ivey has an unparalleled passion for the industry, advancing and promoting the electronic and communications industry in all that he does.

The 2009 Volunteer of the Year award has been awarded to Steve Emspak, managing partner at Shen Milsom & Wilke. Emspak has been a strong advocate for NSCA for many years. Throughout this time, Steve participated on the NSCA Industry Advisory Board, leveraging relationships and introducing companies, associations, and partners to NSCA activities and events. In addition, Emspak's involvement with the NSCA Education Foundation has created opportunities for development of the next generation of system integrators through events and sponsorships of Foundation activities, including the annual industry concert headlined by the Drunk Unkles, an industry blues band in which Steve plays guitar.

Dan Erickson, vice president at General Communications in Manassas, Va., received the 2008 NSCA Educator of the Year award. Erickson received NSCA's top education award based on student feedback from his course, Networking Issues that Impact AV Integrators and Designers, which he taught for the College of System Design during NSCA University at InfoComm 08.

"This year's recipients embody the type of individuals needed to help advance and grow the commercial electronics system industry," said Chuck Wilson, executive director of NSCA. "The service and dedication to NSCA is what has made this association what it is today. It is our hope that the future generations will learn and bring similar dedication and service to their careers and the industry."

Additional awards were given to the 2008 Instructors of the Year including:

  • Karl Rosenberg, Extron Electronics, College of Technical Knowledge, for his course, Aspect Ratios: Why Are There So Many?
  • David Marsh, College of System Design, for his course, Sound Reinforcement Design
  • Marc Forman, Alarm Electronics & Communications, College of Systems Sales, for his course, Better Ways to Estimate Your Projects
  • Brad Nelson, System Solutions Northwest, College of Business, for his course, Top 10 Reasons Your Company May Fail and How to Fix Them
  • Ben Wilson, Safeguard Security & Communications, College of Project Management, for his course, Operation Best Practices for Project Managers

Member involvement in NSCA programs has led to the development of education programs, identification of the Electronic Systems Technician (EST), partnerships with industry organizations among other accomplishments such as research and analysis of the industry.

For more information on NSCA and its programs, please visit www.nsca.org or call 800-466-6722.


Associations Focus: Obtain New Success Strategies at NSCA Conference

Jul 14, 2009 12:00 PM




Share knowledge and gain exposure at InfoComm 2010

Gain exposure, share your expertise, and position yourself as an industry leader amongst your peers. The National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) is now accepting proposals for education sessions from NSCA University at InfoComm 2010, June 7-11, in Las Vegas.

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An event that draws nearly 35,000 attendees year after year, NSCA University at InfoComm provides unparalleled educational opportunities to those attending sessions at the trade show. Proposals are being accepted for the pre-conference, June 7-8, as well as throughout the regular session, June 9-11. Instructors are encouraged to focus their proposals on topics that include new technologies, sales and marketing techniques and strategies, and system design and installation.

Attendees include technicians, installers, sales and marketing professionals, and business owners and managers looking to expand their knowledge, obtain new skills to enhance their current positions, and advance their companies. NSCA U offers courses in six colleges: Allied Professionals, Business, Project Management, System Design, System Sales, and Technical Knowledge. All proposals for seminars or workshops must pertain to beneficial practices for businesses in the systems integration industry.

Submissions must include the following:

  • The subject matter must have a technical, business or sales related focus.
  • Programs must be generic in focus, not focused on a specific product or service.
  • Programs that are 90 minutes, 2 hours, 4 hours (during Expo, June 9-11) and 8 hours (one day) or 16 hours (two days) in length (during pre-Expo, June 7-8) will be considered. Shorter or longer programs will not be considered.
  • Programs must be targeted toward typical low-voltage electronic systems technicians, installers, and/or designers (for technical courses) and low-voltage supervisors, managers, and owners (for business and sales related courses).
  • Programs that teach practical skills and troubleshooting that can be transferred and applied in various situations in the field are highly desirable.

Proposals are due by July 31, 2009, to Norah Hammond, senior director of professional development, nhammond@nsca.org, 319-861-8626.

For more information on the proposals, specifications, instructor information, or submitting a proposal please visit www.nsca.org/education or call 800-446-6722.


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