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Oct 1, 2007 12:00 PM

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The National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) would like to reiterate its goals and mission. While the association looks forward to working with InfoComm International to consolidate the industry event calendar, there is no intention by either NSCA or InfoComm to merge the associations. Each organization will operate independently and be governed by separate leadership. NSCA plans to continue offering valuable benefits to our members including high-quality educational programs and excellent customer service.


Matching the right person to the right job can be tricky. Whether you're looking to find or fill a position, NSCA's new online job board will make it easier to connect to the right people.

“This is a great way to bring new people into the industry as well as match seasoned veterans with our member companies,” says Jodi Montgomery, senior director of member services. “We are committed to helping our members find a qualified workforce. This year, in conjunction with the NSCA Education Foundation, we will be focusing heavily on promoting the NSCA job board, with free résumé posting and job-searching features, to community colleges and vocational-technical schools nationwide.”

Anyone looking for a job in the industry can log on to to begin their search. By entering personalized information, job seekers can submit their résumé to all registered employers. NSCA's online job board delivers results that match your skills and training.

NSCA's job board also makes it easy for busy companies to find the right staff. Employers can search online for résumés, collect résumés via email, and receive alerts when job postings are due to expire. With a few clicks of the mouse, employers can view detailed information about potential employees.

To take advantage of this new member resource, visit


Heather Boyce has always been interested in the audio industry. NSCA Education Foundation Scholarships will help her and four others develop skills to enter into our workforce.

“There are very few women in this field. I was extremely grateful for this scholarship so I could finally pursue my dream of going to school for audio engineering,” says Boyce, student at Full Sail Real World Education in Winter Park, Fla.

All of the selected students received a $1,000 scholarship from the NSCA Education Foundation. The students were chosen based on letters of recommendation, grade point average, and work experience in the commercial electronic systems industry.

“It is great to see organizations like

the NSCA Education Foundation investing in those who are just getting started in the industry,” says scholarship winner Brennan Wilkins.

“The industry has been clamoring for this,” says NSCA Education Foundation President Tom Frericks. “We need to build our workforce to keep up with the demand for skilled workers in our industry. These scholarships will help bring in the next generation of systems integrators.”

In addition to his schoolwork, Bakersfield College student Spencer Cordes gets on-the-job training by doing CAD work for NSCA member Serban Sound and Engineering.

“I look forward to working in the engineering industry, and this scholarship will benefit me greatly,” Cordes says.

Lindsay Mescher is using her scholarship to further her education at Brown Mackie College in Cincinnati.

“I am pursuing a dream I've had since I was a little girl,” Mescher says. “After graduating, I will attend another school to obtain my bachelor's degree for the business of music. I have a great feeling about my plans.”

Stephen Jacobs plans to study audio arts and acoustics at Columbia College in Chicago.

“The electronic systems industry [plays] such a major role in the future of technology,” Jacobs says.


Project managers have a new tool to boost management skills. Beginning in October, NSCA will offer a course in advanced project management. The new, two-day class provides an enhanced opportunity for business professionals to increase their knowledge base.

Advanced Project Management, intended for those with prior management experience, offers five clear advantages. Course objectives include: how to plan your financial goals, identify and reduce project risks, limit your legal liability, effectively manage employees, and improve your communication skills. An exam is included as part of the registration cost.

NSCA will continue to offer its Project Management of Systems Projects course — with a twist. The updated course includes new case studies and an exam component, which is included in the price of registration. Both classes meet eligibility requirements toward renewing credentials for the Project Management Professional designation.

NSCA will also provide training in estimating and project management for owners. Courses will be held regionally throughout the year. Course locations include: Phoenix; Burnsville, Minn.; Suwanee, Ga.; Dallas; Rockleigh, N.J.; and Cypress, Calif.

For more information, call (800) 446-6722 or email


Catherine Shanahan has led an interesting and varied life, having studied criminal justice, worked in the security field for a decade, and now running a successful business. Boston Globe writer Davis Bushnell profiled Shanahan in a recent newspaper article.

After joining her family's television sales/service shop, she became owner of Shanahan Sound and Electronics. Shanahan took what was good and made it better by adapting the business to serve a broad base of audio and video customers.

“Catherine is a smart and savvy businesswoman and we're fortunate to have her on our NSCA Board of Directors,” says NSCA Executive Director Chuck Wilson. “The fact that she's featured in a national publication is a testament to her business acumen.”

Shanahan took over the company's reins in 1994, moved the original family business away from the once-golden television era and grew it to serve a new cadre of audio and video customers. Her Lowell-based company posted revenues of nearly $3 million last year.

Among Shanahan's 450 clients in New England are houses of worship, universities, museums, corporate facilities, and manufacturing plants. Shanahan partners with nearly 50 product companies to provide a wide array of systems and integrated solutions.

For more information about Shanahan Sound and Electronics, please visit To read the Boston Globe article, go to

NSCA Calendar of Events

Oct. 21-23

Fall Business Conference
San Diego

Nov. 26

Project Management for Owners
Burnsville, Minn.

Nov. 27

Estimating of Systems Projects
Burnsville, Minn.

Nov. 28-29

Advanced Project Management
Burnsville, Minn.

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