NSCA Education Foundation Announces 3rd Virtual Celebration to Raise Funds for Ignite

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The NSCA Education Foundation is excited to announce its third virtual celebration to raise funds for Ignite, an industry initiative focused on attracting and retaining next-generation workers in our industry. “Be the Spark” is a completely online experience being held on Dec. 8, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. CST. This year’s event will […]

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NCSA Welcomes Symetrix as a New Manufacturer Member

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Symetrix announced its new membership in the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA), the leading not-for-profit association representing the commercial integration industries. This partnership will further enable Symetrix to help systems integrators across North America to grow their businesses. “We are delighted to welcome Symetrix as a member of NSCA,” said Tom LeBlanc, Executive Director at […]

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Learn How Labor Installation Standards Impact Your Bottom Line

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Why are labor installation standards important in ProAV and how do they impact the bottom line? You can find the answer to that question — and more — during a December 20 LAVNCH & LEARN with NSCA. Earlier this fall, NSCA released updated Labor Installation Standard guidelines to help AV professionals improve and maintain project […]

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NSCA Releases Updated Labor Installation Standard Guidelines 2022

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NSCA announced the release of updated Labor Installation Standard guidelines in 2022 to help members improve and maintain project profitability. Because labor units are the biggest factor impacting project profitability, these updates provide “valuable data that will help integrators benchmark their labor productivity and accurately calculate their labor units.” The 2022 updates are the result […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1180: Learn How to Effectively Recruit Talent at DSE 2022!

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In her latest Rants & rAVes takeover, Steph Beckett chatted with NSCA’s Tom LeBlanc about his panel session at the upcoming DSE show. The panel, titled “Transform Your Talent Pipeline,” will focus on the integration “bubble” and how to break out of it. If you’re having trouble finding ways to bring new talent into the […]

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NSCA Updates Biannual Electronic Systems Outlook Report for Summer 2022

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NSCA has updated its biannual Electronic Systems Outlook report for Summer 2022. It includes construction outlook information for United States and Canada based on actual data from Q1 and Q2 of 2022, as well as a forecast for the remainder of 2022, 2023, and beyond. Overall, total U.S. engineering and construction spending is forecast to end 2022 up 9% […]

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NSCA Elects Ray Bailey as New President of Board of Directors, Announces Other Executive Committee Leadership

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NSCA announced the election of new NSCA executive committee leadership, including a new president and the addition of a new officer to the NSCA Board of Directors, for 2022-2023. Ray Bailey, president at Lone Star Communications and current NSCA vice president, assumed the role of NSCA Board of Directors president on July 1, 2022. “NSCA became important to my business from […]

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NSCA to Hold First Ignite Fundraiser Since 2019 at InfoComm 2022

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The NSCA Education Foundation has announced its first Ignite Fundraiser of 2022 — and the first in-person fundraising event since 2019 — on Wednesday, June 8, at the Brooklyn Bowl Landing Pad in Las Vegas, held in conjunction with InfoComm. Now in its sixth year, Ignite’s goal is to generate interest in communications technology. It […]

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NSCA Releases 2022 Compensation & Benefits Report

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NSCA has just released its 2022 Compensation & Benefits Report, which is based on data gathered from systems integrators across North America. Now in its seventh iteration, the report tracks and benchmarks compensation and benefits data for a variety of key positions within the industry, including technical, non-technical and C-suite roles. Systems integration firms of all sizes and […]

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NSCA Announces Winners of 2022 Excellence in Product Innovation Awards

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NSCA has announced the winners of its eighth annual Excellence in Product Innovation awards, a recognition program for manufacturers and products that have a profound impact on systems integrators. Any manufacturer that produces low-voltage products for installation by integrators in the commercial space is eligible to apply for this award. The awards were announced on […]

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NSCA Announces 2022 Excellence in Business Award Winners

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NSCA has announced its 2022 Excellence in Business award winners in six categories: Business Performance: ASW (formerly Atlanta Soundworks), Fayetteville, Georgia Customer Experience: Taurus Technologies Inc., Flower Mound, Texas Differentiating Strategies: Valley Communications Systems Inc., Chicopee, Massachusetts Employee Engagement: Mechdyne Corporation, Marshalltown, Iowa Strategic Transformation: Sound Incorporated, Naperville, Illinois Talent Development: Automation Arts LLC, Madison, […]

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NSCA Rebrands Ignite 2.0 Diversity and Inclusion Program to NSCA DEI Action Council

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NSCA announced a rebranding of Ignite 2.0, a committee focused on improving diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the integration industry. It’s now called the NSCA DEI Action Council. The Ignite 2.0 committee launched in Summer 2020 and was born out of NSCA’s Ignite program, which reaches educators, students and jobseekers to inform, educate and […]

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NSCA Announces the 24th Annual Business & Leadership Conference Will Be Held in Person

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NSCA announced its 24th annual Business & Leadership Conference (BLC), which will be held at the Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, Feb. 23-25, 2022, will be in person! According to NSCA, 2022 is set to be the most-anticipated BLC in history. Although last year’s virtual event was a success, NSCA has […]

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion — Dr. Ivan Joseph and the NSCA Business and Leadership Conference

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At the end of February, the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) had its annual Business and Leadership Conference. If you haven’t been to one before, whether in person or virtually (like this year), then you should prioritize it next year.  There were a lot of great keynotes, talks, and breakout sessions spanning sales, marketing, design […]

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Visionary’s PacketAV Duet Wallplate Encoder Wins 2021 NSCA EPI Award

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Visionary has announced the PacketAV Duet Wallplate Encoder with Bluetooth (DuetE-WP-BT) as a recipient of NSCA’s seventh annual Excellence in Product Innovation awards. The Excellence in Product Innovation (EPI) awards are NOT pay-for-play awards and recognize products that have a profound impact on systems integrators. Visionary’s PacketAV Duet Wallplate Encoder with Bluetooth was honored as […]

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Day 2 of NSCA’s 2021 BLCv — The Blog Version

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On Feb. 24 and 25, rAVe attended NSCA’s 2021 BLCv, or Business & Leadership Conference (virtual), the 23rd iteration of the legacy event offering industry education and purposeful discussion. The audience and purpose of the National Systems Contractors Association’s event, as opposed to other NSCA events like the annual Pivot to Profit (P2P) conference, was […]

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NSCA Announces EPI 2021 Winners

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NSCA announced the winners of its seventh annual Excellence in Product Innovation awards, a recognition program for products that have a profound impact on systems integrators. Any manufacturer that produces low-voltage products for installation by integrators in the commercial space is eligible to apply for this award. The awards were announced on Feb. 25 at […]

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Day 1 of NSCA’s 2021 BLCv — The Blog Version

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“Stepping up when it counts.” That was the tagline for NSCA’s 2021 Business & Leadership Conference (BLC or, this year, BLCv: the “v” for “virtual”). This was the 23rd iteration of the legacy event offering industry education and purposeful discussion. NSCA’s BLC attracts hundreds of executives annually to learn from other leaders, discover new ways […]

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2021 Stepping Up Awards Announced by NSCA — to Be Awarded During BLC

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NSCA announced the winners of the 2021 Stepping Up Awards. The Stepping Up Awards temporarily step in for NSCA’s annual Excellence in Business Awards, which typically honor systems integration firms and their efforts to implement new strategies to navigate the constantly changing industry. “However, the past year hasn’t been typical,” said NSCA Director of Industry […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1034: Why You Should Join NSCA, and Why the NSCA BLC Is the Perfect 2021 Event

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NSCA’s membership is at an all-time high, as is engagement. Why? Well, according to this videocast with NSCA’s executive director, Chuck Wilson, and rAVe founder, Gary Kayye, when the economy is tough, communication, collaboration and transparent dialogue from within the industry community is critical. NSCA has built its reputation on providing systems integrators with business […]

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NSCA Updates Financial Analysis of 2021 Industry Report

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NSCA released an updated Financial Analysis of the Industry report for 2021, providing information that systems integrators can use to benchmark and compare expenses, profits, sales and other data against industry peers of similar size and business focus. The latest Financial Analysis of the Industry report details the industry’s performance based on data collected from […]

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NSCA Announces Topics and Sessions for 23rd Business & Leadership Conference

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NSCA has announced topics and sessions for the 23rd annual Business & Leadership Conference (BLC), to be held virtually on Feb. 24-25, 2021. NSCA’s BLC is a platform for executive-level education and discussion. The 23rd annual BLC is particularly crucial for the integration community, which is battling through once-unpredictable market challenges, according to the organization. […]

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Day Two of NSCA’s P2Pv — The Blog Version

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On Tuesday, I attended the first-ever virtual iteration of NSCA’s Pivot to Profit event — P2Pv. The National Systems Contractors Association (or NSCA, as I mentioned earlier) puts on Pivot to Profit every year, but this time around the show looked a little different. In a great way. My recap from Tuesday’s event is here, […]

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Day One of NSCA’s P2Pv — The Blog Version

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This week, I was excited to cover my first virtual event on the first official day of fall (Yes! Fall officially began Sept. 22!) on what’s finally a beautiful (not deathly hot) North Carolina day. This show was one that I’d never attended, and one that would be all-brand-new to me — designed specifically for […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1005: Why Every AV Integrator Should Consider Attending NSCA’s P2Pv

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Gary was joined by NSCA Executive Director Chuck Wilson to talk about the upcoming P2P (Pivot to Profit) — or, this year, called P2Pv, as the event is virtual — September 22-23. This is THE leading business transformation event aimed at AV and IT, and the 2020 focus is helping low-voltage integrators recover from and reboot beyond the COVID-19 crisis. Using […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1002: Why AV Integrators Should Register for NSCA’s P2P Event in September

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On this episode of Rants and rAVes, Gary was joined by NSCA executive director Chuck Wilson to talk about the P2Pv (“v” for virtual) event on September 22-23, open ONLY to AV integrators and designers. Unlike most virtual events (so far) in 2020, NSCA’s Pivot to Profit (P2Pv) event was specifically designed by integrators FOR integrators. The […]

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NSCA Updates Electronic Systems Outlook Report for Summer 2020

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NSCA has updated its biannual Electronic Systems Outlook report for summer 2020. It includes construction outlook information based on actual data from Q1 and Q2 of 2020 and a forecast outlook for the remainder of 2020, 2021 and beyond. Knowing that new construction is the best indicator of the future business climate for integrators, NSCA […]

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NSCA Selects THE rAVe Agency’s LAVNCH Platform for 2020 Pivot to Profit Virtual Event

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National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) has selected THE rAVe Agency’s LAVNCH platform to present its 2020 Pivot to Profit Virtual (2020 P2Pv) conference, Sept. 22-23. An event designed for the integration market, 2020 P2Pv is a two-day virtual conference combining keynote presentations, breakout sessions and “Tool-Kit Talks” with manufacturers and industry influencers. “Accelerating change to […]

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