NSCA Education Foundation Announces Changes to Board of Directors for 2019

The NSCA Education Foundation has announced the election of a new president to its executive committee, as well as many other leadership changes, including the addition of two new officers to its board of directors for 2019.

Laurie Englert, vice president of customer experience at Legrand AV and current NSCA Education Foundation vice president, assumed the role of NSCA Board of Directors president on Jan. 1, 2019. “The Foundation has come a long way over the past few years with the Ignite and PASS initiatives,” says Englert. “I can’t wait to see how much more progress we make in 2019!”

Englert replaces Jeff Kindig, global marketing director of events and installations at HARMAN Professional Solutions Division. Kindig will become treasurer.

Steve Emspak, partner at Shen Milsom & Wilke, LLC and current NSCA Education Foundation treasurer, will become NSCA Education Foundation vice president; Catherine Shanahan, owner of Shanahan Sound & Electronics, Inc., will continue as secretary.

In addition, the following professionals joined the NSCA Education Foundation Board of Directors and began their three-year terms on Jan. 1, 2019:

  • Gina Sansivero, VP of Marketing and Corporate Communications at AtlasIED
  • Tobi Tungl, Director at Conference Technologies, Inc.

Gina Sansivero has a demonstrated history of working with start-ups and SMBs in the commercial electronics, AV technology and electronic manufacturing industry. She is also recognized in the education market as an AV industry cheerleader and resource.

Tobi Tungl is an experienced audiovisual executive with a deep-rooted passion for education and technology, and supporting the growth of the industry. He’s an ambitious and inspirational person who translates big dreams into tangible plans and motivates all stakeholders to turn them into reality.

“I am beyond ecstatic to have Gina and Tobi on the NSCA Education Foundation board,” says Kelly Perkins, NSCA Education Foundation director. “Not only do they both have extensive experience in the industry, but they both have the intense drive and passion to continue to make initiatives like Ignite and PASS a successful reality. We truly have the A-team on board and I can’t wait to see the impact the Foundation has on the industry.”

Sansivero and Tungl join the following board members who continue their terms from last year:

  • Paul Cronin, CEO at Apogee IT Services
  • Ingolf de Jong, CEO/President of General Communications, Inc.
  • Mike Shinn, Vice President of Operations, South Central AV
  • Lauren Simmen, Director, Marketing at AMETEK Powervar; AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection (ESP/SurgeX)

Rob Pusey, former president and CEO of Communications Specialists, Inc., and Tom Hanson, vice president of specialized audio at Bosch, ended their terms at the end of 2018.

“The NSCA Education Foundation leadership is very thankful for the generous contributions of Ron and Tom and the many years of service they gave to the board,” says Chuck Wilson, executive director of NSCA. “Ron had many talents, including running the annual NSCA Business & Leadership Conference golf outing. Tom was very instrumental in starting the ‘next-gen’ movement on the Foundation board by insisting we bring a younger dynamic to the organization. He helped launch Ignite and created far greater age diversity within the leadership of the Foundation.”

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..