NSCA recently paid tribute to individuals and companies who continually support and represent the commitment NSCA members have to the industry and the association, with award recipients including Loyd Ivey, Lifetime Achievement Award; Steve Emspak, Volunteer of the Year, and Dan Erickson, Educator of the Year.
Awards were presented to instructors of the year within each college of NSCA University at the 2009 NSCA Member Meeting and President’s Reception InfoComm in Orlando.
Loyd Ivey, founder and CEO of Mitek Corporation, received NSCA’s Per Haugen Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of dedication, leadership and service to NSCA, including the NSCA Education Foundation Board, the NSCA Expo Committee, and has been a champion to many of NSCA’s events and activities including the Fall Business Conference, now the Business and Leadership Conference. Ivey has an unparalleled passion for the industry, advancing and promoting the electronics and communications industry in all that he does.
The 2009 Volunteer of the Year award has been awarded to Steve Emspak, managing partner at Shen Milsom & Wilke, Inc. Emspak has been a strong advocate for NSCA for many years. Throughout this time, he participated on the NSCA Industry Advisory Board, leveraging relationships and introducing companies, associations, and partners to NSCA activities and events.
In addition, Emspak’s involvement with the NSCA Education Foundation has created opportunities for development of the next generation of system integrators through events and sponsorships of Foundation activities, including the annual industry concert headlined by the Drunk Unkles, an industry blues band in which Steve plays guitar for.
Dan Erickson, vice-president at General Communications in Manassas, VA received the 2008 NSCA Educator of the Year award. Erickson received NSCA’s top education award based on student feedback from his course, “Networking Issues that Impact AV Integrators and Designers,” which he taught for the College of System Design during NSCA University at InfoComm 08.
“This year’s recipients embody the type of individuals needed to help advance and grow the commercial electronics system industry,” said Chuck Wilson, executive director of NSCA. “The service and dedication to NSCA is what has made this association what it is today. It is our hope that the future generations will learn and bring similar dedication and service to their careers and the industry.”
Additional awards were given to the 2008 Instructors of the Year, including:
• Karl Rosenberg, Extron Electronics, College of Technical Knowledge, for his course, “Aspect Ratios: Why are there so many?”;
• David Marsh, College of System Design, for his course, “Sound Reinforcement Design”;
• Marc Forman, Alarm Electronics & Communications, College of Systems Sales, for his course, “Better Ways to Estimate Your Projects”;
• Brad Nelson, System Solutions Northwest Inc., College of Business, for his course, “Top 10 Reasons Your Company May Fail and How to Fix Them”;
• Ben Wilson, Safeguard Security & Communications, College of Project Management, for his course, “Operation Best Practices for Project Managers.”
Member involvement in NSCA programs has led to the development of education programs, identification of the Electronic Systems Technician (EST), partnerships with industry organizations among other accomplishments such as research and analysis of the industry.