BLC - Awards - NSCA

Per Haugen Lifetime Achievement Award

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.

NSCA Education Foundation Founders Award

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.

Volunteers of the Year Award

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 UnklesSteve 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.

Board Service Award

Michael Hester

Board Service Award

Rob Simopoulos

MAC Partner of the Year

Navigate Management Consulting

Business Accelerator of the Year


Excellence in Product Innovation Awards

Winners were named in each of the following categories, along with an additional overall Grand Prize Winner. The 2018 winners are:

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Excellence in Business Awards

NSCA is excited to announce the winners of the 2018 Excellence in Business awards in six categories:

  • Business Performance: Infinity Sound, Grand Prairie, TX
  • Customer Experience: JKL Technologies, Newbury Park, CA
  • Differentiating Strategies: ET Group, Toronto, ON
  • Employee Engagement: Avidex, Bellevue, WA
  • Strategic Transformation: Tech Electronics, St. Louis, MO
  • Talent Development: Bluewater Technologies, Southfield, MI

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Randy Vaughan Founder’s Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 Randy Vaughan Founder’s Award winners!


These awards, in honor of Vaughan’s commitment to the systems integration community, are given to qualified applicants of systems integration companies interested in attending the Business & Leadership Conference (BLC) for the first time.


This honor represents the NSCA Education Foundation’s mission to provide ongoing training to current system integration professionals.


Randy Vaughan was a charter member of NSCA, and served on the NSCA Board of Directors from 1997-2008, including a two-year term as president beginning in 2005. Additionally, he served as an instructor for NSCA University™ for more than 12 years, and was named its Educator of the Year in 2007. He also served as chairman of the NSCA Education Committee for a number of years. His greatest accomplishments for NSCA include the creation of NSCA University and the Business & Leadership Conference, as well as his role as a subject matter expert and content developer for the industry.

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