Registration Open for NSCA’s 20th annual Business & Leadership Conference

Registration for NSCA’s 20th annual Business & Leadership Conference (BLC) is open – and the early-bird discount rate for all BLC 2018 registrations is set to expire after Dec. 15, 2017. Beginning on Dec. 16, 2017, registration fees for members and non-members will increase by $400.

NSCA’s BLC has become the industry’s most notable platform for executive-level education and networking. The event brings executives together annually to share stories, learn from other leaders, and hear about new ways to embrace technology and motivate employees. The 20th annual Business & Leadership Conference will be held on Feb. 28-March 2, 2018, at Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas in Irving, TX. Atlas/IED is the event’s exclusive Host Sponsor, celebrating its 20th year of supporting BLC.

First-time BLC attendees may apply for a Randy Vaughan Founder’s Award to receive free registration. To qualify, applicants must be in a management or decision-making role. Applications are available at

BLC 2018 keynotes and breakout sessions include:

  • Scaling Up by Verne Harnish
  • The Age of the Customer (presented by Insperity) by Jim Blasingame
  • Innovation by Design: Digital Leadership by Erik Qualman
  • The Hero Effect by Kevin Brown
  • Creating Business Value Using Third-Box Thinking by Gary Kunath
  • Economic Outlook 2018 by Chris Kuehl
  • Storytelling to Fast-Track Trust by Kindra Hall

“We’ve never been more excited to announce our speaker lineup,” says Chuck Wilson, NSCA executive director. “To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Business & Leadership Conference, we hope to have someone from each NSCA integrator member company represent his or her firm at this event – making it the biggest and best yet. We’re also offering four industry-specific tracks focused on sales/marketing, operations, finance, and next-generation topics to help everyone do their jobs better.”

Attendees are also encouraged to register now for the annual NSCA Education Foundation Industry Charity Golf Outing at the TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas Golf Course on Feb. 28, 2018.

BLC 2018 sponsors include alliantgroup, Atlas/IED, Biamp, Bose, BTX, Chief, Community, Crestron, Da-Lite, Digital Projection, FSR, GreatAmerica, Harman, Herman, Indarra Cyber Security, Insperity, Kramer, Liberty AV Solutions, Milestone AV Technologies, Rauland, Shure, Solutions360, Stanley Healthcare, Stealth Acoustics, SurgeX, Synnex, Vaddio, and West Penn Wire. BLC is endorsed by Commercial Integrator, PSA Security, and USAV.

Take advantage of early-bird pricing for just $1,099. Registration will go up to $1,499 starting on Dec. 16, 2017, for NSCA members; registration for non-members will increase to $1,799. To register, visit


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 (, a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (, 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