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NSCA University™ Names 2009 Educator, Instructors of the Year

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CEDAR RAPIDS, IA, September 16, 2009 — Peter Mapp of Peter Mapp Associates has been named the 2009 NSCA University Educator of the Year. Mapp received NSCA’s top education honor based on student feedback from his course “Optimizing and Measuring the Intelligibility of Sound Systems,? taught during NSCA University at InfoComm 09.

Additionally, individual Instructors of the Year were awarded for each college within the University. Recipients include:
• Paxson Laird of RTKL, for his College of Business course, “Architects Will Call You!?
• Ben Wilson of Safeguard Security and Communications, Inc, for his College of Project Management course, “Operation Best Practices for Project Managers,?
• Bob Coffeen of the University of Kansas, for his College of System Design course, “System Design Using EASE 4.2 – Level 1?
• Brian Lockie of Creative Technology, for his College of System Sales course, “Best Practices in Selling Digital Signage?
• Bill Whitlock of Jensen Transformers, College of Technical Knowledge, for his course, “A/V System Noise and Ground Loops?

“This year’s award winners represent the changing industry and the need for a diverse knowledge base,? said Chuck Wilson, NSCA executive director. “These industry experts create a higher standard of learning from the technician to the business owner. We are pleased to have them represent NSCA University to improve our industry and its professionals.?

Winners are determined based on evaluations completed by students participating in NSCA University courses. Instructors are evaluated on areas such as topic knowledge, engagement with students and topic relevance. The 2009 recipients will be recognized at the annual NSCA Member Meeting and Industry Forum as well as the President’s Reception during InfoComm 2010.

“It is very interesting to be an instructor on sound systems technology and requirements and design elements that are continually evolving,? said Peter Mapp, principal at Peter Mapp Associates. “A broad understanding of the fundamentals makes it far easier to keep up and apply the techniques as both standards and the technology advance. Because I am personally involved with the International Standards concerning these areas, I can pass on the latest information and upcoming potential changes directly to the class as well as share real-world case histories and design examples from my normal consultancy work.?

NSCA University is the educational institution for commercial electronic systems professionals. Offering a wide variety of courses from entry-level technician classes to professional project management training, NSCA University gives industry professionals the expertise they need to advance their careers or businesses. Courses are developed by industry experts and designed for technicians, installers, managers, sales representatives and executives. NSCA University courses are available both online and in person throughout the year at industry and regional events.

For more information on teaching for NSCA University or to view course offerings, visit www.nsca.org/education or contact NSCA at 800.446.6722 or education@nsca.org.

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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