NSCA Honors Industry Leaders With Three Awards in 2018

The National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) has announced its industry leader awards for 2018. This year, in addition to naming a Per Haugen Lifetime Achievement Award winner, NSCA is excited to recognize winners for the NSCA Education Foundation Founders Award and Volunteer of the Year Award. Recipients will be honored during the 20th annual Business & Leadership Conference, held Feb. 28-March 2, 2018, in Irving, TX.

Tom Frericks Jr., who served on the NSCA board of directors for 11 years, is the recipient of the 2018 Per Haugen Lifetime Achievement Award. Frericks joined Copp Integrated Systems in Dayton, OH, in 1976, purchasing Copp in 1983 as its second owner.

“Tom contributed so much of his time to serving on the NSCA board,” says NSCA Executive Director Chuck Wilson. “He attended dozens of board meetings and industry events on our behalf, and even helped organize events and assisted with office technology and planning in the early days.”

The late John Stiernberg is the recipient of the 2018 NSCA Education Foundation Founders Award. As cofounder of Stiernberg Consulting – a long-time NSCA partner – in 1993, he and his wife, Jeanne, quickly established themselves as leading consultants and researchers for the integration industry. Stiernberg lost his courageous battle with cancer in November 2017. 

“John was a major industry contributor to the NSCA community and industry for many years,” says Wilson. “He will be remembered for his role as an educator and consultant, and for his keen insight into the systems integration industry.”

The Volunteer of the Year Award for 2018 is being given, individually and collectively, to the musicians and technical crew that make up industry-famous The Drunk Unkles. Steve Emspak, Marc Hochlerin, Mike Sinclair, Lisa Wenger, John Cardone, Mike Phillips and Felix Robinson have rocked for more than a decade to raise money for the NSCA Education Foundation.

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“This talented group has helped the NSCA Education Foundation raise more than $1 million to put toward scholarships and tuition/training assistance,” says Wilson. “The contributions of The Drunk Unkles have helped launch the careers of more than 2,000 systems installers and technicians.”

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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..