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NSCA at InfoComm 2010 a Success

Aug 16, 2010 3:17 PM

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Industry professionals raised more than $65,000 to support the NSCA Education Foundation’s initiatives.

SpinetiX was a big contributor. The company received the NEC Best of InfoComm 2010 award and a $25,000 prize for its HMP100 Hyper Media Player, which it graciously contributed to the NSCA Education Foundation and the International Communications Industries Foundation.

Two other events helped raise money, resulting in the NSCA Education Foundation’s most successful effort at InfoComm. The Putting Challenge, sponsored by Herman Procurement & Logistics, was a popular feature in the NSCA Zone where golfers competed for daily cash prizes.

The highlight of the foundation’s events was the Industry Charity Concert with the Drunk Unkles. The standing-room-only event brought in $55,000.

Additionally, the Education Foundation changed leadership. After three successful terms of presidency, Tom Frericks, president/CEO at Copp Systems Integrator, handed over the title to Andy Musci. Musci is the president of Altel Systems and the president of the NSCA Board of Directors. Joining the Education Foundation board will be Catherine Shanahan, president at Shanahan Sound. Frericks will remain on the board as a director.

The NSCA Education Foundation supports the next generation of the commercial electronic systems industry by providing scholarships and working with colleges,vocational/technical schools, community colleges, and high schools to educate students about the opportunities that exist in this industry.

NSCA Honors Individual Efforts Beneficial to Entire Industry

NSCA honored industry professionals whose individual commitments to excellence have had a significant influence on the industry during a special award ceremony at InfoComm 2010.

Rose L. Shure, chairman of Shure, received NSCA’s 2010 Per Haugen Lifetime Achievement Award. With more than 60 years of dedicated service and support for the audio industry, Shure’s commitment to the future of the commercial electronic systems industry has helped the company earn the highest respect from its product users and channel partners. She has also led Shure to become a leader in philanthropic opportunities and social responsibility.

“I’m very honored to have been given this award,” Shure says. “Really, it doesn’t belong to me; it should go to my husband [Sidney N. Shure], who founded and built this company. I am pleased to accept this in his memory.”

A special award was also presented to Ray Bailey, president of Lone Star Communications. Bailey is a member of the NSCA Board of Directors and has spent much of his time developing NSCA’s SystemsPlus Insurance Solutions program to help industry professionals combat the rising costs through economical, industry-specific insurance offerings.

NSCA also recognized its top instructors from the 2009 show, as determined by evaluations completed by course attendees. Peter Mapp of Peter Mapp Associates received the top NSCA University honor, the 2009 Educator of the Year. Individual Instructors of the Year were also awarded for each college within NSCA University: Paxson Laird of RTKL; Ben Wilson of Safeguard Security and Communications; Bob Coffeen of The University of Kansas; Brian Lockie of Creative Technology; and Bill Whitlock of Jensen Transformers.

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