I am quite impressed at how many people in our industry actively look for ways to invest their time, treasures and talents. In a time where we are all so busy and everyone seems to be doing more with less, we have some great people willing to contribute in various ways to improve and enhance the industry.
Let me point out a few things that each of us can do, some examples of the work that goes on behind the scenes, and how you can contribute and give back to the industry that we love:
• Education Foundation Scholarships
This year the NSCA Education Foundation awarded a young man with a $2,500 scholarship. He recently graduated from the EST program at Lincoln Tech and is seeking employment in the electronic systems industry. As an up-and-coming professional, he will also experience his first InfoComm this June, thanks to the leadership at AMX.
• The Drunk Unkles
Industry band, the Drunk Unkles, have contributed over $500,000 for the Education Foundation and other charitable organizations over the last 10 years. The ‘Unks’ put on a great show and know how to have fun, but more importantly, they have helped so many people in areas ranging from recovering from tragedy to financial assistance for education. I greatly appreciate the band, their respective companies, and the friends and family who support their continued efforts to improve their communities.
There are hundreds of people who volunteer their time to benefit the industry, and it’s one of the most rewarding ways to give back. Serving on committees, councils and boards can be a great way to help us promote the industry and elevate the professionalism within.
• Subject Matter Experts
Industry experts have the opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences in a non-competitive format. The industry is strengthened by research projects, studies, white papers and many other deliverables, supported by subject matter experts.
• Educating the Future
Becoming an instructor and using that experience to hone your knowledge and presentation skills. We’ve often heard that this actually becomes a great way to increase your value to your own organization by becoming a more capable presenter.
• Support ESPA
NSCA partners with several leading industry associations, including the Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA), who have developed an academic channel educational outreach organization. They help educate and certify hundreds of young men and women who are at the starting point of their career.
• Financial Assistance for first time Business Conference attendees
This year NSCA awarded 10 recipients with a fully paid registration to the Business & Leadership Conference (BLC). Thanks to the generous support of the Foundation, NSCA will increase that number to 20 allowing first time attendees to participate in 2014.
On behalf of all NSCA leaders, staff and member companies, I would simply like to say “Thank You”. We couldn’t possibly do the things we do without the spirit of giving back that so many of you have. CW