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NSCA HONORS INDIVIDUAL COMMITMENT TO NSCA

nsca-booth-548.jpgCEDAR RAPIDS, IA, June 24, 2009 — 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 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, Florida.

Loyd Ivey, founder and CEO of Mitek Corporation, received NSCA’s Per Haugen Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of dedication, leadership and service to NSCA, including the NSCA Education Foundation Board, the NSCA Expo Committee, and 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 electronics 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, Inc. 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 for.

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 Inc., 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 1.800.466.6722.

About NSCA

NSCA is the leading not-for-profit association representing the commercial electronic systems industry. With more than 2,500 member companies worldwide, the National Systems Contractors Association is a powerful advocate of all who work within the low-voltage industry, including systems contractors/integrators, product manufacturers, consultants, sales representatives, architects, specifying engineers and other allied professionals. NSCA is dedicated to serving contractor members and all channel stakeholders through education, advocacy, outreach and member services. NSCA University offers a variety of courses on topics such as project management, business, sales, design and technical knowledge. Courses are delivered through a variety of methods including conferences, regional trainings, online learning and webinars. NSCA works in conjunction with a variety of industry partners to provide relevant and meaningful education and certification programs. It also provides leading industry research and market intelligence, insurance solutions, the industry’s most comprehensive manual of practice, Essentials of Systems Integration™ and other business tools. For more information, visit www.nsca.org.

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