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Associations Focus: New NSCA Leadership On Board

A new season brings board additions.

Associations Focus:
New NSCA Leadership On Board

Jun 1, 2005 12:00 PM

A new season brings board additions.

Several new leaders on the NSCA board of directors and the Education Foundation board of directors took office at the 2005 Systems Integration Expo in Orlando, Fla. New to the NSCA board are Brad Nelson and Rick Scharmann. Joining the Foundation board are Scott Dhaenens, Mitch Nollman, and Ron Pusey.

Brad Nelson

New NSCA board members Nelson and Scharmann recently traveled to NSCA headquarters for orientation, in preparation for the board’s upcoming annual strategic planning meeting in early June. Each year at this meeting, the board determines the association’s business plan and annual budget, and carefully considers the association’s general direction and objectives. In addition, the group gives thought to specific projects that would provide the most benefit to the NSCA membership and the industry overall.

Brad Nelson, president of Sound Solutions Northwest in Kennewick, Wash., has more than 12 years of industry experience. He also currently serves on the NSCA Education Committee and as a performance verifier for the NSCA Certification Program. Nelson previously served as the Northwest regional representative for the NSCA Regional Council and was a Bud McKinney Scholarship winner and 2000 NSCA Instructor of the Year.

Rick Scharmann is executive vice president of Pro Sound in Miami. He has been in the industry for more than 24 years and is a longtime member of NSCA. Previously, Scharmann served as the Southeast regional representative for the NSCA Regional Council.

Rick Scharmann

The new Education Foundation officers met in May for their annual strategic planning meeting. In addition to determining the business plan and budget for the 2005-06 fiscal year, the group discussed strategic plans and specific initiatives aimed at furthering the Education Foundation’s goals of educating professionals currently in the industry and supporting a qualified workforce entering the industry.

Scott Dhaenens, division manager for AutoPatch (a new supporter of the Education Foundation), has more than 20 years of AV experience in broadcast and telecommunications.

Mitch Nollman, director of the Americas for Bose, brings a new perspective to the initiatives of the foundation, with his experience in marketing and the commercial side of the business.

Ron Pusey, president of Communications Specialists of Virginia, replaces Tom Frericks as the NSCA board of directors’ liaison for the NSCA Education Foundation. Vital to the future of the foundation, Pusey’s role is to represent NSCA member issues to the foundation board and communicate foundation initiatives to the NSCA board. Pusey has been a longtime supporter of the foundation. He has served on the NSCA board of directors since 2003.

Besides the election of the new foundation board members, Tony Price, director of business development at Telex Communications, was elected president of the Education Foundation at the foundation board’s annual meeting in March. The foundation board now comprises five contractors and four manufacturer members.

Visit for a complete list of current officers for both the NSCA board and the Education Foundation board.


Pat Brown, president of Synergetic Audio Concepts, has been named the NSCA 2005 Educator of the Year. Brown earned this award for his class “Acoustics for Sound System Designers.” This advanced class taught participants how to evaluate sound systems and rooms using impulse response measurements and predictions.

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

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