Congratulations Award Winners!

2023 Per Haugen Lifetime Achievement Award

Mike Bradley, 2023 Per Haugen Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

2023 NSCA Education Foundation Founders Award

Cory Schaeffer, 2023 NSCA Education Foundation Founders Award Recipient


Excellence in Product Innovation Award

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. 28 at NSCA’s 25th annual Business & Leadership Conference in Irving, TX.

Winners were named in each of the following categories, including an overall Grand Prize Winner:

Additional considerations were made during the judging process in regard to how the products impact user experience (i.e. scalability, versatility, deployment cost, ease of use, ROI, ADA compliance, energy efficiency, etc.) The judging panel included NSCA’s director of business resources, the editor of Commercial Integrator, and a panel of integrators from across North America.

“Every year, manufacturers submit more products for consideration, and we’re inspired by the innovation we continue to learn about,” says NSCA Director of Business Resources Mike Abernathy. “As the judging team evaluates each nomination, we see innovation and forward-thinking progress behind every product. It’s clear that manufacturers are working hard to create systems to create the experiences that end-users now expect integrators to help them create.”


Excellence in Business Award

NSCA’s Excellence in Business awards honor systems integration firms and their efforts to implement new strategies to navigate the constantly changing industry. We identify integration firms that understand the importance of innovative, forward-thinking ideas.

NSCA is excited to announce the winners of the 2023 Excellence in Business Awards in six categories:

  • Business Performance: Branch AV, Nepean, ON
  • Customer Experience: PIVIUM, Phoenix, AZ
  • Differentiating Strategies: Basepoint Building Automations, Des Moines, IA
  • Employee Engagement: Vitel Communications, Amarillo, TX
  • Strategic Transformation: Pavion, Chantilly, VA
  • Talent Development: Radiant Technology Group, Lewis Center, OH

“Year after year, we’re continually amazed by the innovative ways our members develop new relationships, create new business, and keep up with a changing industry. This year is no exception. These companies set the bar high for integrators that are working to improve their businesses,” says NSCA Executive Director Tom LeBlanc.

These six Excellence in Business award winners were recognized at NSCA’s sold-out 25th annual Business & Leadership Conference (BLC), Feb. 28-March 2, 2023, in Irving, TX. During a panel discussion the winners were joined on stage by BLC platinum media sponsor Commercial Integrator’s reigning Integrator of the Year Vistacom.


Randy Vaughan Founder's Award

Congratulations to the 2023 Randy Vaughn Founder's award recipients at the 2023 BLC!

These awards, which honor 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. They allow awardees to attend BLC and have their registration fees waived. The conference is attended by seasoned as well as up-and-coming industry managers, owners, and executives.

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.

Randy Vaughan, NSCA
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