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Randy Vaughan "Founder's Award" Applications Available

The NSCA Education Foundation is now accepting applications for the Randy Vaughan "Founder's Award," which provides free registration to the 2012 NSCA Business & Leadership Conference.

Ten awards will be given in this inaugural year of the "Founder's Award." These awards, in honor of Vaughan's commitment to the systems integration community, will be given to qualified applicants interested in attending the Business & Leadership Conference (BLC) for the first time. The conference is attended by industry veterans as well as up-and-coming industry managers, owners and executives.

"Randy was a passionate advocate of what BLC contributes to the systems integration industry and was committed to helping association members become professional and well-trained systems integrators," said Andy Musci, NSCA Education Foundation board president.

NSCA's BLC is the only industry-specific conference where owners, executives and managers of commercial electronic systems companies meet to discuss common obstacles, challenges and opportunities. The 2012 conference will be held March 1-3 in Dallas, Texas.

Randy Vaughan was a charter member of NSCA, a well-known and respected integrator in both the commercial and residential electronic systems industries. He served on the NSCA Board of Directors from 1997-2008, including a two-year term as president beginning in 2005. Additionally, he served as an instructor for NSCA University for more than 12 years, and was named its Educator of the Year in 2007. He also served as chairman of the NSCA Education Committee for a number of years. His greatest accomplishments for NSCA include the creation of NSCA University and the Business & Leadership Conference, as well as his role as a subject matter expert and content developer for the industry.

"In honor of Randy and what he stood for within our industry, the 'Randy Vaughan Founder's Award' will work to raise awareness of the contributions and opportunities BLC provides," said Chuck Wilson, executive director of NSCA.

The Foundation has received many contributions and pledges since the news of Randy's death in late December 2010. During the 2011 Business & Leadership Conference, long-time NSCA member and Education Foundation board member Loyd Ivey of Atlas Sound/IED contributed $10,000 to kick off the Vaughan Award. Ivey said Randy's commitment to building better integrators would be passed on through the years of this conference because of this scholarship.

Applications are due by November 1 and winners will be notified by December 15. For more information on the award or to apply, visit www.nscafoundation.org or contact Education Foundation Managing Director, Barbra Snitker, at bsnitker@nsca.org or 800.446.6722.

NSCA Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

The NSCA Board of Directors appointed two directors to the association's leadership team: Jim Huber, director of sales and marketing for NOR-COM, Inc. and Josh Shanahan, president of Sport View Technologies. The NSCA Board of Directors includes 11 directors who oversee and drive the association's mission to help commercial electronic systems integrators improve business performance.

"Adding Jim and Josh to the Board provides NSCA an even greater strength in representing our membership base—the systems integrator," said Ron Pusey, president of the NSCA Board of Directors. "Our leadership has recognized that most of today's integrators are branching out into new technologies, services and applications. Jim and Josh provide background in both small and large companies as well as the growing industry of integration, and bring a fresh perspective to our association's leadership."

Huber joined NOR-COM in 2001 and has held a variety of leadership positions within the organization prior to being named director of sales and marketing in 2004. Huber has dramatically improved the manner in which NOR-COM sells and markets to its more than 1,200 domestic and international customers. As part of these efforts, NOR-COM installed a robust IT digital signage system throughout Procter & Gamble facilities globally.

Shanahan, one of the recipients of NSCA's 2011 Movers and Shakers awards, has held various technical, sales and management positions in the industry. He has been a key stakeholder in launching and growing sustainable new revenue streams, including an alternate channel program at SBC Datacom, which provides large-scale video teleconference and communications networks to national government and educational markets. During the past nine years, Josh has successfully diversified his family's third generation business, Sport View Technologies, increasing revenue more than 300% by developing key national vertical markets, including gaming, hospitality, retail, entertainment and enterprise clients.

To learn more about NSCA, its programs and its services, visit www.nsca.org.



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