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NSCA Lifetime Achievement Award - Ron Pusey

NSCA Education Foundation Founders Award - Rashid Skaf

NSCA Volunteer of the Year - Tony Couzelis


NSCA Business Accelerator of the Year - Defendify

NSCA MAC Partner of the Year - Supervox


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. 23 at NSCA’s 24th 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.

“The entries we received as part of the Excellence in Product Innovation awards this year were truly impressive,” says NSCA Director of Business Resources Mike Abernathy. “The manufacturers in this industry aren’t backing away from innovation—that was clear in every product we pored over. It’s incredibly exciting to see where technology is headed.”

Read more about the winners as they are profiled throughout the year on NSCA’s website, in NSCA’s quarterly newsletter, and in Commercial Integrator.


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.

2022 Winners:

  • Business Performance: ASW (formerly Atlanta Soundworks), Fayetteville, GA
  • Customer Experience: Taurus Technologies Inc., Flower Mound, TX
  • Differentiating Strategies: Valley Communications Systems Inc., Chicopee, MA
  • Employee Engagement: Mechdyne Corporation, Marshalltown, IA
  • Strategic Transformation: Sound Incorporated, Naperville, IL
  • Talent Development: Automation Arts LLC, Madison, WI

“This year, we’re especially impressed by the new strategies and initiatives that these innovative companies took on to develop new relationships, create new business, and keep up with how much the industry has changed in such a short period of time. These integrators have great stories to tell about how they’re continuously improving business,” says NSCA Executive Director Tom LeBlanc.

These six Excellence in Business award winners were recognized at NSCA’s 24th annual Business & Leadership Conference, Feb. 23-25, 2022, in Irving, TX.

Learn more about our EIB winners.


Randy Vaughan Founder's Award

Randy Vaughan, NSCA


The NSCA Education Foundation accepted applications for the Randy Vaughan Founder’s Award. 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. 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.

Twenty-five (25) awards were given for the 2022 conference to be held Feb. 23-25, 2022, in Irving, Texas.

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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