In his new role as marketing manager at Bogen Communications, Steve Doran says NSCA and its resources have helped him gain a better understanding of the needs and concerns of today’s low-voltage installers. By better understanding these pain points, it’s easier to find ways to help customers boost sales and profits.
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For a long time, Santa Rosa, CA-based PCD’s management team served as the company’s project managers. This approach worked well for a while; as work picked up, however, project management needs grew as well. As a result, PCD needed to develop its project management team from the ground up – and wanted to give the people in these new roles enough knowledge to be effective. So they called on Nadim Sawaya of Enterprise Performance Consulting – an NSCA Member Advisory Councilmember – to get everyone on the same page.
Familiar with NSCA for more than 12 years, Patrick DeZess didn’t get a chance to really experience the benefits it offers until he attended the Business & Leadership Conference in 2015. A few years later, once Augmentering was established, he knew it was important to align his new company with industry associations like NSCA. And one of the best membership benefits he discovered was one he wasn’t even planning on …
When his company is in control of a project, Scott Wright, president at Lifeline Audio Video Technologies, noticed that estimated labor and associated costs were right on. Bid projects were another story. Staff members didn’t have enough experience or expertise to manage larger bid projects in terms of project management hours.
So Lifeline partnered with Enterprise Performance Consulting for onsite project-management training that made a difference right away!
When Naperville, IL-based Sound Inc. noticed that more of its customers were shifting away from owning their own hardware, the company knew it was time to rethink how it positions its equipment and service offerings. Sound Inc. wanted to find a partner to help launch an as-a-service model.
After contacting NSCA, the company learned about GreatAmerica and its financing services. In one year’s time, Sound Inc. increased its sales by nearly five times. Learn how here.
As Dallas-based Master Video Systems (MVS) searched for a project manager and three technicians to work on a specific project, the company was also looking for industry-specific guidance on job descriptions and payment structures so it could be competitive in the market.
After checking in with NSCA, MVS discovered a few different resources that helped the company determine appropriate and attractive compensation levels. Instead of doing broad-brush searches, the company was able to go right to industry-specific data to make decisions. Read more about MVS’ experience here.
For many years, Evco Sound & Electronics Inc. had used the same local insurance company. When Kevin Bauer, Evco president, found out that it was having a hard time keeping the same insurance carrier, however, he decided it was time to start looking elsewhere. To get started, Bauer asked NSCA for insurance suggestions, which is how he learned about TrueNorth, an NSCA Business Accelerator. He gave the company a call and, when the representative mentioned other integration firms Bauer was familiar with, he knew he had found an insurance provider that understood the industry. “From the first moment, it was very professional,” says Bauer. “They understood our business, as well as the carriers. When their quotes came back, they saved us between 10% and 15%.” Read more about Evco’s experience here.
After a recent organizational restructure, Lone Star Communications decided to add a new layer of superintendent positions to its operations department. The creation of these positions also created the need for training. Job duties were separated, along with a reorganization of teams and departments, to establish defined superintendent and project management roles. Dan Hiett, senior vice president of operations at Lone Star, reached out to NSCA to learn more about how Enterprise Performance Consulting might be able to help ease the transition for employees impacted by the restructuring. Read about the impact of this training here.
Coming from a 20-year history in broadcasting, Pat Vaughn felt a little behind the curve when he first joined integrator Simpatico in 2014 and needed to better understand loaded labor costs in his new role. “I started to quickly realize that labor is the single biggest factor impacting profit and loss for a project,” says Vaughn, Simpatico’s vice president of service delivery.
While conducting a search online, he found the Labor Installation Standard guidelines. The document quickly became the most valuable tool he had to ramp up his level of expertise and experience with commercial installations. Hear more of Vaughn’s story here.
Inteconnex was working closely with a client on a complete IT infrastructure upgrade, totaling approximately $120,000 in equipment. To avoid incurring 100% of the expenses upfront, the client was interested in financing the project. After hearing about NSCA Business Accelerator GreatAmerica, Inteconnex did some investigating to learn more about how its financing services worked – and then decided to complete the company’s first GreatAmerica financing deal.
“Our first deal with GreatAmerica was awesome,” says Marc Meyer, Inteconnex president. “If I could route every deal through them, I would.” Find out more here.