NSCA: NSCA Expo a Success
May 1, 2002 12:00 PM
The 2002 NSCA Systems Integration Expo closed on Saturday, April 27, reporting the highest quality of attendees of any show to date. Exhibitors enjoyed three days of a captive, quality audience, 54 percent of whom reported having full product-purchasing authority and 46 percent of whom were listed as owner or general manager of their companies.
NSCA Expo was “[an] instrumental show for us to see consultants and contractors,” said Jeff Gibson, vice president of Extron Electronics. “You definitely find some very technical people here, and you're not tied to the traffic the way you are at some shows.” Doug MacCallum, vice president and general manager of AKG Acoustics, said the “NSCA again provided [us] with an outstanding venue to present our microphones, automixers and conferencing systems to consultants, systems integrators and others in the industry. Our booth was busy throughout the show. Our experience with NSCA was as positive as in other recent years.”
Attendance Dip Expected
Overall attendance for the 2002 event came in just 12 percent under last year's NSCA Expo registration numbers, and according to NSCA executive director Chuck Wilson, that was expected. “We were planning on attendance numbers being slightly down in Denver for two reasons,” Wilson said. “The 2001 show was in Orlando, where there is a large concentration of NSCA members, and it's a popular travel destination. We knew we would have a highly attended show there. Also, 2002 has just not been a great year so far for trade shows. Our lagging economy is still having an affect.”
A Good Year for Education
NSCA Expo 2002 education had a very successful show, with an equal number of tickets sold as last year. 1700 class tickets were sold throughout the five-day schedule. Classes ranged from beginning to advanced skill levels in nine tracks, so attendees could find something to advance their professional skills no matter what they needed. The nine educational tracks at NSCA are audio, business, connectivity, convergence, integrated systems applications, lighting, sales, security/life safety and video. Three technology showcases also offered attendees' brief, hourly seminars during the afternoons of April 25 and 26. Focusing on tele/data, stage and lighting and e-buildings, the showcases were new to the exhibit floor.
Several Expo events were filled to capacity, including the first annual consultants' reception on April 26. Nearly 200 consultants attended the special event sponsored by AMX, Armstrong and Christie Digital. “The whole concept of the consultants' reception and the three-day lounge was very successful,” said Randy Reibe, AMX vice president of professional services and solutions. “The quantity of participants from the consultants' community was exceptional. It was a good environment for general discussions about the industry, not pitching products. We gained tremendous insight through open and informal conversations.”
The 2003 NSCA Systems Integration Expo is March 13-15 in Dallas, Texas. More information will soon be available at nscaexpo.org. The Systems Integration Expo is produced and managed by the NSCA, the trade association representative of the commercial electronic systems industry. Member companies are experts in the design and installation of numerous low-voltage systems including audio, video, life safety/facility protection, data networking, telecommunications and others. For more information about the NSCA visit nsca.org.
New Leadership Approved
The NSCA membership elected a new board of directors at the annual NSCA member meeting, May 1, 2002. Elected to serve another term were board members James Beckham; Tom Frericks, Jr.; Steve Olszewski and Robert Thompson. In a separate session, the board nominated Michael Bradley, president of Safeguard Security and Communications Inc. and former NSCA vice president and president to the board.
“The NSCA will benefit greatly by having Mike Bradley at the helm,” said Chuck Wilson. “His leadership, knowledge and enthusiasm will provide the energy needed to move our organization forward and meet the needs of our members.”
Bradley has served on the NSCA Board since 1994. Most recently, he served as NSCA vice president and as a member of the NSCA Education Committee.
Beckham, vice president of Audio-Video Corporation, has served on the board since 1999. He is currently the board liaison to the NSCA Regional Contractors' Council and a member of the communications committee. Frericks is the NSCA's immediate past president and has served on the board since 1992. He is the President of Copp Systems Integrators. Olszewski is vice president of Dimensional Communications, has served on the board since 2001 and is a member of the NSCA education committee. Thompson has served on the board since 1999 and is a current NSCA communications committee member. He is the president of Northwest Electronic Technology Systems.