With his first year well behind him and his second year underway, NSCA sat down with Board of Directors President Josh Shanahan, president and CEO at Sport View Technologies (SVT), to provide insight on his work – and the impact he’s made so far.
Q: How did your first year as NSCA president go?
A: We exceeded our goals and are on task to do the same thing again during the second year. Just like our successful members do, we are inspiring the extraordinary – and our people are producing the extraordinary for the integrators and manufacturers that rely on NSCA.
The one thing we need to continue to drive home with members is the importance of paying attention to legislative challenges being brought to the surface by the electrical trade and unions. In 2019 so far, NSCA has fought more than 100 regulation changes that would potentially impact permitting processes. At one point, we were tracking 130+ different bills in more than 35 states.
Q: You created something new for NSCA: committees dedicated to specific topics. What inspired this idea?
A: Past NSCA presidents were making good traction. I have a lot of respect for them. For anyone to get anything of great substance done in two years is outstanding. I reached out to former presidents and asked, “What do you think would make my term the most effective?” They placed emphasis on committees and how we need to create and better leverage them. I think our current board is one of the most powerful in NSCA history. We need to leverage that mindshare along with the knowledge of some of our premier members.
We have a lean staff; creating committees that help us reach our goals has already made a valuable impact.
Q: Explain the purpose of each committee.
A: Each NSCA committee has goals that are measured on a monthly basis. Each committee is made up of several industry members who are interested in specific areas and have skillsets that complement them. They volunteer their time and add value when and where they can. These committees are an example of how NSCA tracks everything happening in each corner of the industry so we can be the first to alert members to changes.
Each committee’s contributions change based upon what’s happening industry-wide. Currently, the Codes and Compliance Committee has been the most impactful recently based on legislative activity and emphasis on school security.
NSCA’s committees include the:
- Codes and Compliance Committee, which raises awareness and action on key legislative and regulatory issues
- Emerging Technologies Committee, which tracks enabling and disruptive technology for members and educates them on the business impact
- Events Committee, which provides insight and input on curriculum content for events like the Business & Leadership Conference and Pivot to Profit
- Executive Committee, which ensures the effectiveness, performance, and practices of our executive director and other NSCA staff
- Finance Committee, which provides timely, relevant, and accurate reporting of financial information to NSCA management and helps make decisions about future association investments
- Leadership Development Council, which provides guidance and mentoring to the board of directors on governance issues and develops long-range strategies for talent management and leadership needs
- Marketing/PR Committee, which supports the growth and success of NSCA through awareness initiatives and weighs in on how NSCA presents itself through marketing materials and the media
- Membership Committee, which constantly examines ways NSCA can offer more value to members and help them make maximum use of the tools already available
- Next-Gen Committee, which focuses on making the industry relevant to up-and-coming leaders and young talent
- Web Presence and Tools Committee, which supports NSCA staff by providing input and direction on website content, web tools, and new technology to consider
Q: Who can be involved in an NSCA committee?
A: You receive the most benefit from NSCA by making certain that your entire company uses the resources and tools available. That includes our new committees. We’re always looking for people who are interested in these topics and can provide insight. If you want to get involved, visit NSCA’s Committees & Councils page and contact the appropriate chair.
Our committee participants are also people who will be strongly considered for board positions in the future. Joining us is an opportunity to preview what that experience is like.