By Clive Young
Orlando, FL (March 20, 2007)--Hundreds of NSCA members gathered together last Thursday for the annual member meeting and 2007 Industry Forum. Hosted by Chuck Wilson, executive director of NSCA, the event marked an opportunity to honor volunteers who have given exceptional amounts of time and support to the organization and the industry in general, but it also provided NSCA leaders a chance to discuss about what the organization has accomplished in recent times and what it has in store for the coming years.
Following a call to order by Nancy Emerson, NSCA president, Wilson did a quorum call, getting the minutes for last year's meeting approved, and that was soon followed by NSCA past president Randy Vaughan leading the assembled group through the nominations for potential NSCA board members. This was followed by the honoring of individuals who are retiring from the NSCA board, thanking them for their many years of service to the organization and the industry. Finishing out this portion of the meeting, Sandy Schroeder of Shure Inc. was honored with the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award.
The NSCA University 2006 Instructor of the Year awards were given in seven categories: College of Business (Tony Whaley); College of Project Management (Brad Nelson); College of System Design (Bill Thrasher); College of Systems Sales (R. Bob Adams); and College of Technical Knowledge (Chris Foreman). Following this, Expo Committee Awards were given to members of that group, as well as 2007 Partners in Education recognition awards, given to a variety of manufacturers who donated equipment for the organization's various educational efforts around the country.
System Contractor News' David Keene presented the current nominees for the annual Innovation in Technology Awards, inviting everyone to see the given products in the back of the Expo hall, where they could vote for the winning items as well. Soon after, NSCA treasurer Ron Pusey got the current financial report approved by the attending membership.
Taking the stage again, president Nancy Emerson discussed the organization's accomplishments over the last year, noting that NSCA is growing at a rate of 13.5 percent each year. Highlights included discussion of NSCA's partnership with CSA and CEDIA on ESPA certification; the establishment of Systems Plus insurance; the growth of educational efforts like EST, regional events and custom programs; the growth of the NSCA Education Foundation, which has amassed nearly $500,000 for its continuing efforts; and more.
Finishing up the meeting, Wilson returned to look at the organization's future, discussing plans to promote and define the industry, including the establishment of NSCA Europe; work to grow the membership with the "right" members while ensuring that the Expo reflects all aspects of the industry; and an ongoing effort to expand outreach to architects, engineers and designers. Touching upon NSCA training and certification, Wilson closed the meeting for this year.
By Clive Young